Unfortunately for some, that statement causes a moment of angst. There are many church goers who make an issue every year of how stores train their employees to greet them. There is much debate over whether people should say “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Holidays”, “Seasons Greetings”, or even if there should be a specific thing said at all.
Of course, the issue is whether or not someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus will be offended at the word “Christmas”. Some have made issue of it trying to claim that when employees of a company wish a “Merry Christmas” they are endorsing a religion or offending someone who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, or Festivus*.
I have heard “christians” get huffy and indignant when someone wishes them “Happy Holidays” or something else and say with attitude and emphasis, “Merry CHRISTmas”. The reality, this does no good. It leads nobody to Jesus for us to get all uptight about how we are greeted in a store. We are allowed to say it, even if the employee is not. So let’s be pleasant and truly joyful when we do give a greeting or, well, don’t say anything at all.
Truth is, when someone pleasantly wishes me a “Happy Holidays”, a “Season’s Greetings”, a “Happy Hanukkah”, a “Happy Festivus”, a “Feliz Navidad”, or even just a “nice day” it is something to be glad they took the time to extend a positive word.
Let’s not add to the noise with rhetoric and indignation because someone doesn’t use the greeting we think they should. Let’s enjoy the spirit of the season that people are actually trying to be more kind and polite and add to that with the peace of Christ, the joy of God, and a kind word of our own.