You're just in the wrong part of America if you think everyone says Happy Holidays. It's purely Merry Christmas here in the upper Midwest. People get angry when you send them Happy Holidays or Season's Greetings cards instead of Christmas cards.
and all the best for the New Year
What Sarah said. "Happy Holidays" is from folks who want to get in on the birthday party without, you know, mentioning Christ, usually big companies that want to be insipidly inoffensive. Their loss.
We use both "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" in America. Some people, usually Baptists or other conservative churches, feel saying "Happy Holidays" is an attempt to deny the religious side of the holiday.
Since I'm agnostic and snarky, I just wish everyone a great "Day Of The Undying Sun."
happy ancient fertility festival usurped by early emperors to make marketing christianity to pagans even though christ wasn't born in december buy a coca cola for jesus so santa will bring you cheap presents that destroy the planet ignore the cognitive dissonance orwellian doubleplus good everybody duckspeak all day day
how come I can't find a card with nice art that reflects my views?
Daniel and Sarah --
The phrase "Happy Holidays" is more inclusive than "Happy Christmas" : it includes those who celebrate Hanukkah, Eid al-Adha, Winter Solstice or Newton's Birthday. There are plenty of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists and others who get sick of people assuming they are Christian and wishing them Happy Christmas. This is true even in the Midwest (where I live).
Why thank you Mo, although I've never received any form of seasonal card with a golden jellyfish on it before...
Merry Christmas to you and yours.