I'm really sick of people getting so offended when people say "Happy Holidays." Seriously? Do you have your head up your butt? I get that Christians make up the majority of America, but my goodness there are other holidays that take place in December! Chanukah/Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice (which was actually there first celebration wise), Boxing Day, sometimes Ramadan, and New Years Eve is usually also included.
And for the people fighting to "win back" their holiday, I've got some news for you. The majority of your traditions are pagan. The Christian holiday replace Saturnalia and the Winter Solstice. That's why Christmas is on December 25th when in all probability it's not even the correct date for the birth of Jesus. The earliest reference to Christmas being marked on December 25 comes from the second century after Jesus' birth and Pope Julius I *decided* it would be that day. Most likely in an effort to convert pagans.
Let's take a look at the things people claim are Christian:
Christmas trees? Existed long before Christianity. The modern Christmas tree originated in Germany pre-Christianity. But the Germans got it from the Romans, who got it from the Babylonians and they got it from the Egyptians. The hanging of ornaments is originally pagan as well. (And I've also heard that the practice of cutting down trees and taking them home to decorate them with gold and silver is even condemned in the book of Jeremiah, but I've never read the Bible in full so I can't say for certain.)
Yule log? Used in a rite of Teutonic nature worship.
Holly wreath? Used as an offering to the fairy people of the forests as refuge from the harsh winter weather. During the Saturnalia, exchanged as tokens of friendship.
Mistletoe? You guessed it. Pagan... But usually led to massive orgies instead of simple kissing.
Gift giving? You guessed it. Pagan.
(I'm sure I forgot some)
I also don't get websites like this:http://standforchristmas.com/
It basically gives a list of stores that still say "Merry Christmas." Seriously... If you're trying to make a stand for a Christian Christmas and not a secular Christmas, why are you shopping for gifts? In all seriousness, shouldn't you be focusing on the birth of Christ and worship? I'm just confused. You want to "put Christ back in Christmas" but you're still celebrating a secular Christmas?
I love the people who get completely baffled when they find out I'm an atheist who celebrates Christmas. Yeah... A secular version with snowmen and reindeer that talk, guy in a big red suit, and presents. Christmas to me is about my family, good food, and the gifts. Always been that way. I also get amused by the people who say "Merry Christmas" to me after I say "Happy Holidays" as if it's going to piss me off. Sorry, it just makes you look like a douche in my opinion. Don't get my wrong, I have no problem with people wishing me a Merry Christmas. I have an issue with the people who do it in a way to make it seem like they're better than you or in an attempt to push your buttons.
I just feel like if you're going to try and claim something as yours and all yours with no other influences, you should at least know the whole story behind it AND actually celebrate it the way that you claim the rest of the world should. Although considering not all of us are Christian, the idea of forcing us all to celebrate Christmas your way is just ridiculous. I think I have more respect for the Christians against Christmas movement because they're actually sticking to their guns about the holiday being strictly about their religion.