Merry Christmas everyone. I say Merry Christmas, to you and your kin. Not Happy Holidays, or Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah. Merry Christmas.
There is a large-ish movement of people in the US who want to enforce this concept of political correctness no matter the cost. Now, it's not that I don't want there to be some level of sensitivity regarding these things. No. It's just that to force people to speak vauguely like that is just stupid.
What exactly is the reasoning behind that? Is it the fact that it celebrates Jesus's birthday? Or is it just the fact that the word has "Christ" in it? What are they scared of? Being converted? People don't convert merely because someone says the word "Christ". There is nothing to be offended by. Muslims still think Jesus was a prophet, so nothing there, and I have it on good authority Jews, Buddhists, and Hindus don't care. Who's offended? Nobody, that's who.
Besides, Christmas is a secular holiday as well as a religious one. Sure it has the level of meaning with Jesus's birth and that, but it also is a general holiday of gift giving, charity, goodwill, Santa Claus, and Christmas turkey/ham. What is there to be offended by? Does atheistic goodwill offend people now? A secular holiday is meant for people of all religions to enjoy. The very purpose of secularism is to provide neutral ground for religion and to provide a way of thinking that does not require some higher being.
One may argue that since Santa Claus is indeed "Saint Nicholas", that it may upset somebody. However, I would like to point out that since Santa Claus is still currently alive, he cannot possibly be a saint, as it is required of a person to be very, very dead to be a saint.
Personally, I'm on the verge of theorizing that this whole thing is just another way to repress our freedom of speech and scare people into acting like sheep, following whatever dogma happens across them.
So, I say again, in the name of freedom and all that is loving and gift-giving:
Merry Christmas to all.