Does someone saying "Merry Christmas!" offend you if you don't celebrate Christmas?
It's started again. I've seen posts and heard conversations from both sides again ranting about how upsetting it is for someone to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" or vice versa. I don't know about you, but I don't wear a flashing neon sign over my head that says I celebrate Christmas, so if someone says "Happy Holidays" to me, I just smile and say it back, and if I didn't celebrate Christmas and someone said "Merry Christmas" I'd smile and reply "Happy Holidays" or whatever holiday greeting seems appropriate. I think people spend too much time focusing on the words of the greeting rather than the fact that someone took a second to smile and acknowledge you in what's meant to be a pleasant greeting and not an insult.
What do you think? Does it offend you for someone to wish you a Merry Christmas if you don't celebrate it? If you do celebrate Christmas, does it bother you to hear "Happy Holidays" instead?