So do you use "Merry Christmas" to intentionally exclude non-Christians?
I guess what I am saying is that I think non-Christians should (and mostly do) give people/stores/everywhere the benefit of the doubt that they aren't intentionally meaning to be exclusionary or hurtful by saying Merry Christmas, which actually does exclude everyone but Christians.
So perhaps in turn, Christians could give people/stores/whoever the benefit of the doubt that they are just trying to be inclusive of everyone (Christians included) when they say "Happy Holidays" which actually includes Christians.
More benefit of the doubt all around that no one is trying to be mean?
Or we could all just stop wishing each other well, I guess?
Well, if you don't like Happy Holidays because it has become a loaded term to you, is there another phrase that stores and people could use that would include the rest of us that you wouldn't object to? Seasons Greetings? Or is it Merry Christmas or bust?
I think it would depend on the spirit and tone of it. If someone cheerfully said "Season's Greetings" in an obvious wish to wish someone well, that is fine (really, same as Happy Holidays). If a store put out a printed policy that said "You can say Season's Greetings or Happy Holidays, but anyone that says Merry Christmas will be fired" I would not be ok with, which is what happened with the store that closed down and part of the reason for my distaste on the subject.
I'm just going to wish you a Merry Christmas, because I want you to have one.