Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?
Having just been served by a beautiful young Asian woman at my local shop, as I departed she said "Merry Christmas!" I sort of stuttered "Um - oh - um yes thank you!" I of course assumed she was Hindu or some such and wouldn't appreciate me wishing her the same. She of course might indeed have been a Christian. But as a secularist I wasn't offended, my question being, is Christmas now just a mid-winter festival, and isn't it more appropriate to say 'Happy holidays' as my brother from the States has just written to me? (out with the old in with the new) In the spirit of the modern Christmas as epitomised in the Guardian's phrase 'Give 'til it hurts' I've bought my first plastic Christmas tree - or should that be plastic mid-winter festival pine tree?