In recent years, use of the phrase "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas" seems to be on the upswing, particularly in retail marketing and well-wishes by store employees. This is in contrast to two millennia of history as people worldwide have observed both the religious holiday and secular celebration of Christmas.
The birth of Jesus Christ has been – and still is – the reason for the season. While some people may not choose to celebrate the centerpiece of the Christian faith, most people still prefer to recognize Christmas. A recent Rasmussen poll found that 69 percent of those surveyed prefer the specific "Merry Christmas" greeting over "HappyHolidays." Christmas is also recognized as a federal holiday so, there’s a strong tradition for celebrating and honoring Christmas in the culture, as well as in the Christian community.