What to do when one hears: “Happy Easter, Merry Xmas”, etc.

How might a Free Thinker deal with such a statement which constitutes a presumption of a specific religious belief?  If we are rude, arrogant, or too emotional, we don’t enhance our position.

My current reply is: “Thank you, but that is not a holiday which I chose to celebrate.”

Goal: To politely indicate that not everyone has those beliefs.

Reactions: Embarrassed; apologetic; and contrite.

“Thank you…” – polite.

“…I chose to celebrate” – individual choice.


Result: Politely indicated that not everyone has those beliefs.

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