Published: Tue, December 27, 2016
National | By Miranda Cannon

ECN wishes you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year (or Festivus)

ECN wishes you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year (or Festivus)

"Christmas is so secular that there is not much difference".

Merry Christmas Wishes and Messages: Like every year, Christmas is going to be celebrated on 25th of December with great pomp and show.

As for me, I've never felt the least reluctant to say "merry Christmas" - as long as I know the person I'm talking to is a Christian who observes the holiday. He's even threatened to evict the coffee shop from his hotel and has encouraged his fans to boycott it.

An analysis of four years of Twitter data - more than 400 million tweets - by NBC News with linguistic and geography researchers from the University of SC and Aston University found that "Merry Christmas" usage is commonly found in areas that were key to Trump's primary and general election wins.

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Out of all of these, Christmas is the holiday celebrated with the most enormous gusto - albeit in a largely secular way outside of Christian circles.

Wishing all my family members peace and love this holiday season. Next year, there is a possibility Donald Trump will be seen as Scrooge by retail or service workers if he makes the wrong decision about an overtime pay expansion law that is now in flux.

US presidents helped start the "Happy holidays" trend by sending out annual holiday cards with nonreligious messages, Bowler said. After all, what is Christmas without singing carols, hanging Christmas lights, decorating the tree and drinking eggnog?

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In 2005, 19 percent said it was not too religious compared to 27 percent this year.

One straightforward reason Trump champions "Happy Christmas" is on the grounds that it claims to key parts of his base.

Although people in these places attend religious services less frequently, they say "Merry Christmas" a lot more and are in areas more likely to support businesses saying "Merry Christmas" instead of adopting "Happy Holidays".

Diana Penty: Merry Christmas everyone!

My morning paper's a daily Christmas present, my carrier a dependable Santa - and I tip more than my hat to him. Have a Merry Christmas!

Nearly six in 10 Americans prefer "Merry Christmas" to "Happy Holidays", and a strong majority associate the meaning of the season with the birth of Jesus, a recent poll has found.

Have a happy and healthy holiday, and as always, drive safely while you make the rounds today.

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