Merry Christmas to my family because I know all of them celebrate Christmas and happy holidays to others that I don't know if they celebrate Christmas or not. Or sometimes I just say Merry Christmas to everyone.
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It depends. If some-one says Merry Christmas to me, I respond in kind. Otherwise, I wish them a Happy Holiday. Canadians, generally, consider religion to be a deeply personal and private matter - the subject rarely, if ever, comes up in casual conversation. Canada also has a very diverse and cosmopolitan population. I usually have no idea what anyones belief system might be, but it's a good bet they are celebrating something around this time - Christmas, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Diwali, Kwanza, or just a few days off work. - all of which I am Happy to acknowledge. Cheers!
Happy Holidays- unlike some Christians seem to think, there are many holidays celebrated in this season and 1 in every 4 Americans is not Christian.
Christmas is also basically a secular holiday- the Christians took the winter solstice festivals from the pagans to get converts and morphed it into something of their own, and now some Christians complain that Western society did the same thing to their version. Bizarre, how this group of folks feels the need to go around telling people what they can and cannot celebrate and what they should and should not say.
Of course, since the phrase "Happy Holidays" was originally shorthand for the phrase "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year", it also shows the Christians who get livid about that phrase are fairly ignorant.