Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays are phrases used by people, wishing someone a positive time of year. Despite both phrases being used widely between the late periods of November to early January, their difference is huge. Merry Christmas is specific and leaves out other holidays except for Christmas, while Happy Holidays includes Christmas itself and all other holidays between these periods such as Hanukkah, New Year’s, plus dates that get not quite so much attention, like the Winter Solstice, and Boxing Day.
From the definition itself, Merry Christmas is a season’s greetings used for people who celebrate Christmas and is associated with Christianity. Happy Holidays, on the other hand, is an inclusive greeting showing respect and value of whatever tradition and religion people observe. If you know someone who celebrates Christmas during this season that is supposed to spread happiness, merry, cheerfulness, and the spirit of the holiday, it’s good to wish them a Merry Christmas. But Happy Holidays is a more general term to use because what matters most is the sentiment, not the specific holiday they celebrate.
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