I went to Macey's yesterday. It was delightfully and festively decorated there. Loved it. But, then again, I'm pretty easy to please whenever anything shiny is around.
At the check out in front of me:
Cashier: Thanks! And happy holidays!
Customer: Merry Christmas. It's Christmas, son, we're in America.
Well, apart from the geography lesson, I found this person's response rather useless. And disrespectful. Had he stopped at Merry Christmas, I could deal. But nooooooooo, he couldn't make his point subtly.
I'm not some sort of surf's-up-dude-just-live-your-life youngster who wants everyone to lower their voices and just hug their neighbor (mainly because I'm not allowed to smoke weed, sigh). It's not really even about getting along as a general principle. I'm not that laid-back.
It's about willful ignorance. People need to understand the basic laws and principles of America, quite honestly, before they pull out their red, white, and blue fightin' words. Read that reputed and much-cited 1st Amendment:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
This, essentially, should mean take it down a notch, Christmas crusaders. No one is lighting nativity scenes on fire and throwing Molotov cocktails at children's choirs singing "Silent Night," so consider yourselves the winners! The government doesn't favor one religion over another. And, more importantly, it ideally should not favor religion over non-religion.
Do not use a religiously-unaffiliated country (America) as your weapon of choice when telling others to stop wishing you a Happy Holiday. It doesn't hold up. The only thing you should say in response to someone's attempt at politically correct well-wishing (especially when it's probably mandated by their boss) is "Thank you."
Some of the things that people point to are God' name on the dollar bill and his mention in the Declaration of Independence, neither of which state an required allegiance to a higher deity. Have some respect, old dude. As an friend of mine once said, "That old man needs some rock n roll in his life."
And, from the Rehder family, Have a Happy Holiday!