Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th. While we as Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25th because of a long-established mix of religious and secular traditions, those of us who are not Christian may celebrate the holiday based on traditions that are secular, pagan, or some combination thereof. Still others have religious and other traditions that have no connection to the Christmas holiday at all. Further, a couple of other holidays and commemorations occur around the same time as Christmas. As there are several perspectives on the holiday season and as I have no ability to read minds, I have a modest suggestion for those who take umbrage at having to endure a greeting that doesn't jibe with their personal beliefs: Either wear a sign that tells us how you prefer to be greeted or please get over yourselves.
As a Christian, I consider the birth of Jesus the Christ to be MY reason for the season as announced by an Angel to shepherds beginning with the words:
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
Recognizing the sometimes anachronistic language of the Bible, I take the liberty of interpreting "men" in this case to mean all humankind and that the words "on earth" means that peace and goodwill isn't limited to those who believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God sent as a sacrifice for our sins. Thus those who, like Texas agriculture commissioner Sid Miller, want to slap the next person who says "Happy Holidays" offer up the exact OPPOSITE of the message of Christmas that God intends. Unfortunately, the song that goes:
...they will know we are Christians by our love.
Is apparently the furthest thing from the minds of those who demand the "correct" holiday greeting from those with whom they interact. I find this to be quite disappointing as it gives credence to Mahatma Ghandi's observation:
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
I hold similar disappointment with those who are offended by "Merry Christmas", as it is indeed a secular holiday where even those who aren't practicing Christians usually take time off from work, spend time with friends and family, share gifts with loved ones and generally participate in the atmosphere of merriment that comes along with the holiday. That strangers should be careful to come up with the right holiday greeting for someone is an attitude of at best wanton conceit. At least a sign would tell us that we actually WON'T know that you are a Christian by your love or that your atheism or agnosticism stretches to the absurdly obnoxious and uselessly hostile. At least the rest of us will know that you aren't the least bit interested in that peace on earth, goodwill to humankind thingy and we can respond accordingly either by kindly acceding to your demand, or by feeding your unjustified sense of victimhood by giving you an "inappropriate" greeting, or by simply ignoring you and leaving you out of the whole thing.