Like most Australian atheists, I’m very happy to celebrate Christmas. My belief is that the American practice of wishing “Happy holidays” is not to protect the sensitivities of atheists, but to give some consideration to Jews – who are relatively more numerous in the U.S., and who generally don’t celebrate Christmas.
Yeah, I don’t know of anyone in a non-commercial setting who is already saying ‘Happy Holidays’. But commercially, crap has been ramping up since September. It’s already ‘Happy Holiday - Give Us Your Money!’ season in retail-land, so yeah.
Your best bet is just to do all your shopping online and go into hiding until Jan.3, lol.
Oh, oh, but I got an email from Ben Stein, spokesman for all American Jews, that said that he doesn’t take offense to being wished a “Merry Christmas” so that isn’t a valid reason. Actually I wouldn’t be surprised if most Jews didn’t take offense, which would seem to make them less PC than those that get their panties in a wad over being wished a “happy holidays”.
There is a large Jewish community where I live. I have seen some people, justifiably, get pissed off over being snottily told Merry Christmas by a cashier that has just processed a cart full of Hannukah stuff. It’s one of the few times when I am in favor of bitching to management about a clerk’s attitude.
Wasn’t the origin of “Happy Holidays” Christians who were complaining about their religious holiday becoming associated with non-Christian stuff like Santa Claus and decorating trees and handing out presents? They were complaining that Christmas is supposed to be a religious event - “Jesus is the reason for the season”. So to not give offense, people started avoiding saying Christmas when talking about secular holiday events and started saying “Happy Holidays” instead.
Is that really necessary?
When you could just say “Crucify Him!”?
Unfortunately, what happened a few years back, or at least seemed to happen, was some stores were actively forbidding employees to say “Merry Christmas”. Then someone called Customer Service at a BigBox HQ to complain & got a snotty “Pagan Origins of Christmas” lecture from someone who apparently didn’t care about having a job & it escalated as the pro-Christmas people got snotty in return & away it goes!