To the people who are advocating "taking back Christmas" by saying "Merry Christmas" instead of the more "PC" Happy Holidays? With the subtext of "Keep Christ in Christmas"?
Personally, I don't like being told Merry Christmas, because I don't celebrate it, and don't wish to celebrate it. And I have a hard time responding. Could I say, "No, thanks"? Or "A Happy Diwali to you, too"? Or should I go with "Bah, humbug"? (Only in my grumpier moments).
I am SO tired of the so-called Christians who feel so persecuted that they need to impose THEIR beliefs and culture on those of us who want no part of it. And I'm tired of being polite.
I actually went through the same thing the other day on Facebook, because Im tired of everyone I know saying that they are cool with me being an Atheist, but turning around and posting that closed minded bat-shittery on their profiles, I will include all my posts and responses:
Well said Tabi. I couldn't have said it better myself!
What really bugs me is when they come across with the attitude of if you don't want to say Merry Christmas or celebrate Christmas, you should pack up and leave. As if this was THEIR country and not yours. But it also bugs me when they say it's a secular holiday, and why am I getting bothered by it. It's NOT a secular holiday. Thanksgiving is (because you don't need a god in order to be grateful for what you have) and the 4th of July is a secular holiday, but Christmas isn't. Even if it's derived from Saturnalia, it's still Christmas. I guess, if I could take the Christ OUT of Christmas, it might be OK, but even the name bothers me (I guess I'm oversensitive). I think I'd like to celebrate Festivus!
*eyeroll*...it's that time of year again, the time where people all get their panties in a bunch about which words they use.
I don't think it's a big deal if someone wants to say "Merry Christmas" to me. People usually mean well and I don't like to get mad at people about things that someone will yell at them about either way (there are a lot of those). Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or saying nothing at all...whatever.
But it's just so silly to think that Christmas is somehow threatened if it's not the ONLY holiday that's ever mentioned! And that's how some people act; if Christianity is not the ONLY religion in the country and given preferential treatment, it's discrimination.
For one thing, wasn't Chanukkah around before Christmas? And "keep Christ in Christmas"? Christ wasn't originally in Christmas; he was inserted later. If someone else wants to do Christmas that way, fine, but I'm going to stick to the original plan of trying to cheer up during the darkest days of the year.
I am in the advertising business. It's simply more cost effective for a retailer to market with the term "Happy Holidays" than with "Merry Christmas." "Happy Holidays" covers more days, more holidays, doesn't exclude any potential customer, etc. "Merry Christmas" in advertising is a divisive, and becomes obsolete on Dec 25. I've designed ads for many clients that say "Happy Holidays," and I never heard any negative feedback.
If someone wishes me a "Merry Christmas," I respond with "Thanks, but I have other plans."
I have had Festivus parties the last two years, so I may start responding with a loud and proud "Festivus!"