This debate seems to come up every year around this time. Is there a difference between "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" when your intention is to wish someone well?

Just this morning, I was in line at a local convenience store - when the cashier was finishing up the customer in front of me, he wished her "Happy Holidays". The woman scowled at him and said "this is America, we say Merry Christmas". The poor kid was so dumbfounded that he didn't know what to say. When it came my turn, I made sure to loudly say "Happy Holidays" to the hard worker.

It just boggles my mind that someone can be offended by a good wish from a stranger.

Especially these days when there's so much negativity in the world, I think that taking the time to wish a stranger well is a good thing. Whether they say "Happy Holidays", "Merry Christmas", or "Happy Hanukkah". The point is that a stranger took the time to pass on a little positivity.

What's your view on the subject?