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The big debate: ‘Happy holidays!’

Citizen Staff Writer

The story: In a column, Jeff Smith rails against the “horse effluvium” that is the limp expression “Happy holidays.”

Your take: From the comment atop this column (by David O.), Jeff is preaching to the choir, to an extent. But not everyone is singing from the same hymnal.

“Say whatever you feel,” says Jason N., be it “Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa or whatever expression.” Just don’t get offended, he says.

What about “Happy Solstice!”? That’s how Jared H., a self-styled “agnostic anarcho-liberaltarian” greets people at this time of year.

But one man’s anarcho-liberaltarianism is another’s “self-inflated ego atheist” (according to Sam W.) or “neopaganlibernazi.” That’s the expression Steve H. has coined to describe those who have “forgotten how to smile, relax and enjoy themselves” at this time of year.

Edward R. says “Happy holidays” just because it’s faster than “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.” “No offense meant, no agenda behind it.” Eddi M.’s rejoinder: “Wow! You must be awfully busy that you need to shorten a Christmas greeting to save time. No offense. . . .”




For Saturday, Dec. 22

1 Local woman dies when three Singapore servicemen’s car hit hers.

2 Crackdown has illegal immigrants leaving Arizona.

3 $10,000 reward offered in string of “takedown-style” bank robberies.


Question: Are you doing more comparison shopping with prices on the rise?

Yes. 65%

No. 30%

I didn’t notice a rise in prices. 6%

Total votes: 54. Poll results are not scientific. Because of rounding, totals may not equal 100 percent.

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