Politicians in Saskatoon have decided to keep showing the message "Merry Christmas" on transit city buses, although they will also be showing additional messages of "Seasons Greetings" and "Happy Holidays".

The Christmas message led to a complaint from a man who said he's a non-Christian and found it offensive.

A committee of Saskatoon council considered the issue at a meeting Monday and determined that Christmas is important to a lot of people and the messages will continue to be shown.

The man who complained wrote to the city to say Christmas is a Christian holiday and it's inappropriate and discriminatory for Saskatoon Transit buses to display such messages.

The complaint touched off a lively debate on social media and in online forums. A number of people have called the city, urging it not to take the messages away.