So, it seems to come up every year. And, every year I'm just as baffled. It seems that some people are offended by the words "Merry Christmas."
Now, you might say that I'm not offended because I'm a Christian. But, I'm not offended if a Jew tells me "Happy Hanukkah", or someone says "Happy Kwanzaa". I may not celebrate them, but I respect those who do.
Further, many non-Christians also celebrate Christmas. I even had a Jewish friend in high school who celebrated it. And if you don't celebrate it, I can also respect that. But, what I fail to see, is how it's offensive for me to say "Merry Christmas."
I think that if you are familiar with someone's beliefs, then you should should honor them. For instance, if I know you're Jewish, I should say "Happy Hanukkah" as I can see how it could be construed as offensive to specifically wish a "Merry Christmas" if I know the recipient of the wishes doesn't celebrate it.
And, I'm not sure about in other countries, but I would say that in the USA, at least most people celebrate Christmas to some degree, whether it be religious or purely secular. So, I think it's reasonable to wish a stranger on the street "Merry Christmas." And, if you happen to not celebrate Christmas, I think one should accept it as a gesture of goodwill. I would do the same if someone wished me well on a holiday that I don't celebrate.
Now, if you don't celebrate Christmas and you'd rather say, "Happy Holidays" or something along those lines, that's fine too.
What do you all think?