Merry Christmas?

What might a non-Christian say when someone wishes: “Merry Christmas”?

I usually reply: “Thank you, but that it not a holiday which I celebrate.”


o Is polite and gracious.

o Takes advantage of the teachable moment: not everyone observes Christmas, and no one is under obligation to do so.

The most common reply is a somewhat self-concious apology, which I graciously accept.  If the other becomes obnoxious, I state my First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

What seasonal greeting do I use?  “Have a nice Winter Solstice experience of your own choice.”

A quick shout out to all the deities born on the 25th of December: Horus (c. 3000 BCE) :|: Osiris (c. 3000 BCE) :|: Attis of Phrygia (c.1400 BCE) :|: Krishna (c. 1400 BCE) :|: Zoroaster/Zarathustra (c. 1000 BCE) :|: Mithra of Persia (c. 600 BCE) :|: Heracles (c. 800 BCE) :|: Dionysus (c. 186 BCE) :|: Tammuz (c. 400 BCE…)

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