There’s a great post with relevance to the whole “war on Christmas” buzz at Liz Opp’s The Good Raised Up: The Jew in me at Christmas time. She tells a story of being at meeting for worship on Christmas day and listening to the kids in First Day School:
I was learning that the story of Jesus’s birth was told in play and with great love to the children, rather than being told with hatred or malice against Jews.
When I talked to my family on Christmas day, my father and my sister each made reference to the Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays debate, both scoffing at the “political correctness” of “Happy Holidays.” It made me sad, their knee-jerk reaction.
My sister, who’s a small business owner, said she made sure to say Merry Christmas to every customer and had the window-painter put Merry Christmas on the shop windows. And I just thought to myself: good thing you’re in business in Brawley and not, say, Williamsburg.
I saw an actress in an interview saying she doesn’t mind when her Jewish friends wish her a Happy Hannukah, so why should anyone mind when someone says Merry Christmas. This sentiment seems to be at the center of objections by many cultural Christians. They so don’t get it. Such a lack of empathy. Have they never experienced being surrounded by people who ignore their reality? Can’t they even imagine it? Are they unable to make the cognitive leap to realizing that’s what it’s like for non-Christians in America?
I guess it’s just par for WASPs in America (and apparently the original WASPs, as well: fjm has an English perspective on the same problem).