Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, or Whatever

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate Christmas.  Seasons Greetings to those who don’t celebrate Christmas or do celebrate Christmas but personally prefer a more inclusive greeting this time of the year.  Same goes for Happy Holidays or whatever holiday/winter season greeting you can think of.  Let’s be clear though.  There’s no war on Christmas as the Christian conservatives will make it out to be.  I’m an Atheist who celebrates Christmas and even before I declared myself an Atheist, 99.9% of our Christmas celebration activities were secular in nature.  I love Christmas.  I love the lights.  I love gift giving.  I love spiked drinks.  I love a fireplace in the cold weather.  It’s a great time of the year.  Sometimes I say Merry Christmas and sometimes I say Happy Holidays.

What all of us need to remember, Atheists and Christians alike, is these are simple greetings in which intentions are almost always good.  It’s ridiculous to be offended if someone says Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.  If you’re offended, and assuming the person saying it isn’t saying it to be an asshole to you, your offense at Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays makes YOU the asshole.  😊

So I end with this.  Merry Christmas.  Seasons Greetings.  Happy Holidays.  Happy Winter Solstice.  Happy Boxing Day.  Happy New Years.  WHATEVER.  Just enjoy this time of the year and be nice to people!

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