Merry Christmas Cards vs. Happy Holidays Cards

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Merry Christmas cards or Happy Holidays cards?  In recent times, this has been a difficult choice for people during the holiday season. We don’t want to offend the recipient of a card, especially when your intentions are meant to be kind and genuine to begin with.  It is a good thing to be aware of what your recipient celebrates so you can be prepared.

Happy Holidays cards are a nice choice to have because they are appropriate for any holiday celebrated during the season.  This can include Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving, New Years, and many others. Some people may feel that commercialization of Christmas overshadows the holiday they celebrate, so a Happy Holidays card could really mean a lot to that special someone.

Merry Christmas cards are a great thing to have on hand as well. There are plenty of folks who feel strongly about saying “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays”.  These cards are even more appropriate if you know your co-workers, friends, or loved ones celebrate the holiday. If you’re heavily involved in your church or if you simply celebrate Christmas with your family every year then this is also a perfect choice to have on hand.

While I personally would be able to find more use from “Happy Holiday” cards, it really comes down to personal choice and lifestyle in the end.  There are many folks who would get more use out of Christmas cards, and that’s why it is a wonderful thing that we have both options to choose from!

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Dianne October 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

I don’t see why anyone would get so offended by people saying Happy Holidays. It’s just polite; why assume that someone celebrates Christmas? Let’s just enjoy the season and wish everyone the best no matter how they celebrate.

MONIQUE October 12, 2015 at 12:29 pm

I like that idea. I stopped giving out holiday cards with the exception of my son school. I usually buy the cartoon character holiday cards because they normally are all occasion and their fun for the kids. For the adults I would buy the holiday cards from the local store. I knew that everyone I was sending them too celebrated Christmas. But now many people celebrate the holidays differently so it is a best bet to be mindful of peoples beliefs.

Hillary October 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm

I don’t care what people wish me. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas…if it comes with good intentions I don’t mind if it isn’t a holiday I celebrate. Nice to just receive the well wishes!

Aaron October 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm

I like getting different kinds of cards. Christmas, Kwanza, send me whatever you celebrate.

Robert October 29, 2015 at 1:11 pm

This a great subject to talk about. I recently placed my order for holiday cards this year and was debating on a traditional Christmas card or a Happy Holidays card. I finally decided to purchase the Happy Holidays cards for a couple of reasons.
Some of the cards are being sent to families who don’t celebrate Christmas
They are paired with non religious greetings and imprints
And Happy Holidays can double as wishing someone a Happy New Years as well.

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