It's Christmas Eve, 2010. This is the day when exclamations of "Merry Christmas!" become even more common than before December 24.
But I haven't uttered those words once, even though my wife and I were out and about in several stores earlier today. My preference is to reply "Same to you" when someone says "Merry Christmas" to me.
Understand: I'm not a Christmas grinch. I enjoy the holiday season. Occasionally I even will pop out with a Merry Christmas myself. I just have a good reason for saying those words as infrequently as possible.
I don't believe in him. I suspect he may not even have existed. And if so, almost certainly not as the Son of God. That's a ridiculous notion -- superstitious, blind-faith based, unscientific, and divisive (we Christians are saved and you're going to hell, hah-hah!)
So I don't like to say Merry Christmas because in doing so, I'm endorsing Christ and Christianity.
Since I think the world would be a better place without religion, why would I want to go around speaking of how merry a Christ-filled day is? For my wife and me -- along with countless other non-Christians, there is nothing Christ'y about December 25.
It's just another day, albeit one that does a lot to boost the economy with all the gift-giving that surrounds it.
That's good, but the religious side of Christmas is meaningless to me. As it would be to Christians, if the godly shoe was on another foot. Consider, Jesus lovers: what if you lived in an English-speaking country where most people believed in Allah, as revealed by Muhammad?
The custom is to say "Merry Allahday" at certain holy times of the year. Yet you don't believe in Allah. You're a devout Christian. Wouldn't you feel funny wishing store clerks "Merry Allahday" when you reject Allah and this God-hypothesis?
Bingo. Now you know how us churchless folks feel.
So if you're into saying "Merry Christmas" and you get a "Happy Holidays" or "Same to you" in response from someone like me, hopefully now you better understand why.
It isn't the holiday of Christmas that I'm opposed to, it's Christ.