Turns out President Donald Trump and his base are not the only ones who prefer “Merry Christmas” to the politically correct “Happy Holidays.”
A new Knights of Columbus-Marist poll finds that nearly 60 percent of Americans overwhelmingly favor “Merry Christmas” to the more neutral “Happy Holidays,” a slight increase from last year’s 57 percent.
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What is especially noteworthy: The pro-Yuletide results align with President Trump’s campaign promise to end the so-called War on Christmas and restore Christ’s glorious Nativity, celebrated annually on December 25, to its traditional role in American culture and society.
Last month, as many of us recall, the first family of the United States unveiled its Christmas card to rave reviews — just one of many steps that complete President Trump’s campaign promise to start saying “Merry Christmas” again in this country.
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In sharp contrast, the previous eight years of official White House Christmas cards all had no mention at all of Christmas. Instead, then-President Barack Obama and his family opted for such all-inclusive and stridently unoffensive terms as “Seasons Greetings.”
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To be sure, this omission was perceived as an affront to legions of Americans who cherish and hold true to Judeo-Christian values.
A paltry 6 percent had no opinion whatsoever.
The poll, which surveyed 1,074 adults in the contiguous United States, was conducted from November 6 of this year through November 9 by the Marist Poll. Participants were contacted by landline and mobile numbers and interviewed in English by live interviewers.
Still, 36 percent of those polled preferred the religiously devoid “Happy Holidays,” while a paltry 6 percent had no opinion whatsoever.
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The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest, in New Haven, Connecticut. The organization was formed to provide charitable outreach and care for the financial well-being of Catholic families, focusing on the protection of widows and orphans, and on strengthening the faith of its members.
It has grown to include 1.9 million members worldwide.
Elizabeth M. Economou is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington.
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