let me start by saying- i genuinely enjoy this time of year. i have a christmas tree in my living room next to the lighted santa claus i have had since i was a kid. i send peace cards out via snail mail and bake cookies; make fudge, and dehydrate my own beef jerky to send to friends and relatives. we don't go nuts on shopping and i usually have everything bought, paid for and mostly wrapped by thanksgiving. i love giving gifts- not so much receiving them. more to do with my not getting many when i was a kid i suppose. my husband gets excited and starts nagging me at least 2 weeks in advance to open something. i could probably wait until new year. i love christmas music- christian and secular. i also love snow at christmas time. having said that- i will now say this- we do not have a right to put a christian holiday above all others.
it doesn't matter one whit if christianity is the 'dominant' religion in this country. it doesn't even matter if everyone but one person celebrates christmas. one religion cannot take precedent over another in public places. i really couldn't give a damn about decorating airports or shopping malls or whatnot. it is all retail inspired anyway. the decorations are not the meaning behind the spirit of the holiday season- and yes i did say holiday season. the holiday season is kicked off by thanksgiving. we have christmas, chanukah, kwanzaa, orthodox christmas, and epiphany- to name a few. while many are christian in nature, others aren't and it certainly doesn't make me a humbug to point out that other folks in this country celebrate differently.
now, my panties are not in a bunch. the only reason i pointed any of this out- is the religious right's insistance that there is some 'war on christmas.' there isn't. the money is still jingling in the retail coffers. the airlines are still making buttloads of money to hassle travelers about shampoo and toothpaste containers. and santa claus and the baby jesus are safe in the homes of christians everywhere. if you say merry christmas to me, fine. i will respond happy holidays to you. if you say happy chanukah to me, again, i will say happy holidays to you. it is my right and my choice- the same as it is yours to say whatever to me. airport wants to decorate- include a menorah. it is only fair. that way- everyone gets to enjoy the magic of the season.