Secular extremists say that there is no War on Christmas and ridicule Fox News' John Gibson for writing The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought. …They've convinced me. It's definitely mainstream to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."
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The bigger question is when is it appropriate to say "Merry Christmas?" It makes sense for a Christian greeting a Christian to say "Merry Christmas." It also makes sense for a non-Christian greeting a Christian to say "Merry Christmas." But does it make sense for a Christian or a non-Christian greeting a non-Christian to say "Merry Christmas?" Probably not. So if one is speaking to the general public, it seems to me that it doesn't make sense to say "Merry Christmas."
One might get around this when speaking to the general public by saying "Merry Christmas to our Christian friends." I wonder how the religious right would react to that. My guess is: not very well. It seems to me that they want a world in which everyone is Christian. Since "Merry Christmas to our Christian friends" makes it even clearer that not everyone is Christian, I doubt that they would be very happy about that sort of greeting. But I'm willing to listen to someone who is fighting the war against The War on Christmas to tell me I'm wrong.