The traditional greeting lately sounds more and more like "Merry Christmas, dammit!" It's uncomfortable. The way some people say "Merry Christmas" can only be described as "in your face." I'm not sure anymore whether a Christmas greeting is a sincere wish of peace and goodwill, or a dare.
What's wrong with saying "Happy Holidays?" Wishing someone a happy holiday does not reflect poorly on our standing as Christians. How we behave otherwise may.
And when did wishing someone a "Merry Christmas" become a statement of patriotism, particularly in this country of increasingly unChristian values?
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all. Let's make 2012 a year in which we live our message all year round; a year in which we speak the truth to all, starting with ourselves.