Last week, I saw a Facebook status that said:
"There are a lot of countries that don't say Merry Christmas, if you don't like saying, or hearing Merry Christmas, take your ass to one of those countries!! If you have balls, Re Post!! and MERRY CHRISTMAS AMERICA !!!!!!!"
By yesterday, the hate had been stepped up a notch:
I'm not trying to debate whether or not it's right to say "Merry Christmas" - I never was, and I never would. As Americans, it is our right to say and do what we please (within the confines of the law, of course). That's what's great about being an American. So when you say "Say Merry Christmas or go home", that's actually one of the least American things you could say. Living in this country means that you have the freedom to believe what you like and the right to be granted respect from others regardless of if they agree with you. Just remember, there are Americans who celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and Winter Solstice. When they wish you "Happy Holidays", it isn't because they're trying to demean or dismiss the importance of Christ in your life, but it is because they are trying to be gracious by recognizing that you might celebrate one of any number of things.
Lastly, and most importantly, is this. Christians, you do not own December. You just don't, it isn't yours. You have the right to celebrate Christmas, and every other person - in America and in the rest of the world - has exactly the same right to celebrate what they choose. Do not fault them for it.
So, on a personal level, say "Merry Christmas" if you want to. But if you work for a business that requires you to say "Happy Holidays", or if you receive a card this week that says "Season's Greetings", just accept it. As it turns out, the world is bigger than just you.