Consider This: Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

DECEMBER 21, 2005 -- You're no doubt aware of the current debate between the defenders of the "Merry Christmas" greeting versus the "Happy Holidays" greeting. I know there are a lot of people who are very passionate on both sides of this issue, so I'm bracing myself for the letters and e-mails I'm about to receive.

This television station is viewed in nearly 300,000 homes, in two states, every week. For that reason we choose "Happy Holidays." We believe it respects all of our viewers' beliefs. If you're among our Christian viewers, it means "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year." If you're among our Jewish viewers, it means "Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year." If you're celebrating your African heritage, it means "Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year."

That being said, we do believe it is a Christmas tree, and we always have one at our holiday party. We're still on the fence over Christmas parade versus holiday parade. We believe that depends on who's sponsoring and who's participating in the parade.

There's one thing we are sure about, and that is we wish you and your family the very best in this season of celebration.

That's what we think. Tell us what you think.