Not in the least.
If people want to say “Season’s Greetings” or “Happy Holidays” it’s because they are aware of the breadth of festivals that happen this time of year. It’s not that they hate your Christ or his birth, it’s just that they have a greater understanding for global cultures and what happens at the end of the calendar year.
Saying “Happy Holidays” simply recognizes the number of actual holidays that happen in a short period of time. There’s Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, in Canada we celebrate Boxing Day, not to mention Kwanzaa, Eid, Hannukah, and Diwali, which all happen around this time.
So to wish someone a bit of non-denominational joy for the season of which we receive bonus days off work does not constitute a “War on Christmas,” it simply underlines the fact we live in a polytheological/secular society.
This week was my son’s Winter Concert. It was a midday afternoon with 5 classrooms of kindergarten kids showing off some of the songs and actions they had learned in their music class.
It revolved around the book, Winter is the Warmest Season, and the kids sang songs about Hot Chocolate, Jingle Bells, and a lullaby for hibernating animals. It had nothing to do with any specific denomination but, rather, recognized a festive time of year when we’re all getting ready for winter.
As an atheist, I’ve advocated taking the Christ out of Christmas as a way to broaden the appeal of this season. Canada and the US are nations of immigrants. Sure, there was religious fundamentalism in our foundations, but we’ve evolved beyond that. It’s okay for Christmas to be a secular celebration.
My son’s school had a great Winter Concert, even though many of us called it a Christmas concert (even my son’s teacher did in the parent email). It didn’t matter either way. There is no war on anything, there’s just a wider acceptance of all of society and the different reasons we celebrate at this time of year.
Did your kids have a “Christmas” concert?