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Tips and Tricks: Season’s Greetings

December 19, 2014

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Which is less likely to cause controversy—Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

It’s a question that has continued to plague retailers and businesses who would prefer not to alienate or offend any customers during the holiday season. In the past, they’ve resorted to remain politically correct, but have times changed?

If you’re designing Christmas cards next year for people to send to family and friends, the answer is obvious: use whichever greeting suits you best. If you’re designing cards for commercial customers, should you keep your options open with Happy Holidays or should you go ahead and use “Merry Christmas?” What about Season’s Greetings?

Of course, a clever artist can avoid the controversy by being creative with their text.

Here are some articles with advice that will help inform your decision.

 Should People Say Happy Holidays Instead of Merry Christmas?
Some interesting comments here.

Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas: The Last Thing That Ever Needs to Be Said About It
Like the title says, this article will provide food for thought.

Should You Say Merry Christmas In Your Retail Store?
Although this pertains to a brick and mortar store, it still has relevance to greeting card sales.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2014 12:54 pm

    I’ve never come across ‘Happy Holidays’ in the UK. It’s usually ‘Merry Christmas’, ‘Happy Christmas’ or ‘Season’s Greetings’.

  2. December 19, 2014 12:56 pm

    PS I suppose that might have something to do with the fact that a ‘holiday’ in British English is something you go to get away from the usual routine, ie a ‘vacation’ in US English.

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