I am responding to the Point-Counterpoint editorial regarding the use of “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” during this time of year. I do not celebrate Christmas and am often taken aback by people that assume I do by wishing me “Merry Christmas.” I usually respond by telling them thanks (for their good wishes) and then tell them that I don’t celebrate Christmas. When I had this exchange with the Salvation Army bell-ringers outside the local True Value store a couple of years ago, the women behind me called me a @#$% Jew (I’m not Jewish). I responded to her by telling her that what she said was in the true spirit of Christmas for some people.
I do not wish to impose my beliefs or lack thereof on anybody. What concerns me about the backlash and hostility of the “Merry Christmas” advocates is the insensitivity of dominate Christian culture. This unwillingness to respect the beliefs of others, to me, demonstrates the true arrogance of “political and religious correctness.”