But what really gets under my skin is if the word Christmas can't even be uttered, then please don't use the symbols of Christmas. It's a Christmas tree and it serves as a remembrance of what Jesus did on the cross. The candles too (now lights) are meant to symbolize Christ, specifically his self-giving love and gift of life to us. The media, the politicians and the corporations that are trying to secularize the holiday, well they need to stop. They can't have it both ways, if you aren't willing to have your employees say Merry Christmas, then you shouldn't have Santa Claus in your stores or advertisements. As much as people would like to believe otherwise, Santa and trees are symbols of Christmas, not some made up secular retail season. It's Christmas, the birth of Jesus.
My problem is not with saying Happy Holidays at all. If you don't believe in Christmas, then I would love to wish you Happy Holidays or Happy Chanukah, etc. But please don't take the symbols of Christmas and call them other names like a holiday tree or holiday man. I don't think my friends that celebrate Chanukah would like it if I called it a Holiday Candelabra. They would probably feel that I was diminishing a significant part of their holiday and you know what, they would be right.
It's like my kids and their laundry piles. They'll come looking for one specific thing in their pile but I won't let them just take that, I make them take the whole pile. To me, it's kind of the same thing, if corporations or the media or politicians want part of the Christmas symbols, then they should take the whole pile.