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The great holiday debate...

NeXt asked students at Williamsville East whether they care if store clerks wish them Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays this time of year.

"I don't understand how people can get offended when people say 'Merry Christmas' and they aren't Christian. It's making a big deal out of nothing. If America's getting so desensitized by television and music, why are a few people so sensitive about this? People in stores aren't trying to insult them."

-- Mike Bibko, 17

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"Christmas is a general time of year. You shouldn't have to worry about someone being offended. I have the right to say what I want as long as it's not a danger to someone else. It's the moral behind saying it. If someone said to me 'Happy Hannukah,' I would be very happy and not say 'I'm not Jewish.' It's the spirit of being happy; not unhappy and worried of being offended. Don't take things so personally. Take it for what it's worth: a friendly greeting/salutation."

-- Andy Labert, 17

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"We should say Merry Christmas because most of the population is Christian so why not express our holiday joy by saying Merry Christmas?"

-- Courtney Rung, 17

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"Store employees should say 'Happy Holidays' because some people care and some people don't, but you never know if they do or not so just say Happy Holidays and there's no problem. But when people say it to me, I don't really care. I just say 'Psh, I'm a Jew,' ha ha, but I don't really say it."

-- Diana Khitrik, 17

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