Yes, Merry Christmas to all, even if for some it is really “Merry Wednesday.” I’m going to wish you well anyway, whatever you’re doing today.
It’s the repeated battle in the “War on Christmas:” Should people say “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”? The “Holidays” greeting arose out of a need not to offend (usually, potential customers). After all, you never know when somebody will get offended and snap, returning your “Merry Christmas” with a stab in the eye. Bah humbug, indeed.
Now, it seems the number of people who would be offended by “Happy Holidays” is greater than those offended by “Merry Christmas.” A “Happy Holidays” will get you scolded by a loyal Fox News viewer.
Perhaps it’s time businesses just resorted to “Good morning/afternoon. Welcome to our store. How can I help you (empty your wallet) today? When we come into a store after spending 20 minutes trying to find a parking space, do we really need to be reminded that it is Christmastime?
It makes sense to use a neutral greeting when addressing strangers or large groups. On the receiving end, if you get either “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas,” just take it as it was intended. The person saying it is just trying to be nice (or is required by their employer to say it to get you to make a purchase.) They are wishing you well, not picking a fight.
Look: getting more offended doesn’t make you a more hardcore atheist and it doesn’t prove you love Jesus more than everyone else (as if that gets you into an express lane to heaven). It just proves that sometimes you are an oversensitive jerk.
As for that “Happy Christmas” stuff, you can shove it! This is Murica! Our founding fathers fought King George to get away from that British crap. [yes, sarcasm alert! One has to be careful with that stuff during Wartime]