Serenity, perhaps it is not your dilemma at all, and you only make it so. If you are not moved by the spirit of the Lord in this holiday, it may not be your fight at all. What I mean is that people fight fights outside of their own arena, frequently. This 'debate' if you want to call it that, is the right of tradition to exist. Go anywhere in Europe: I implore you: and tell them that their traditions are not politically correct, then listen to their reactions.
Why are we, as a nation, so quick to dispell our own traditions?: as soon as a tradition is established, there are special interest groups that think their will should be imposed upon tradition as well as the will of the people. I find it appalling that the United States should somehow be ASHAMED of Christmas because it is a religious holiday. It exists for one reason: because the government realized that almost all of its people celebrated the birth of Christ and wished to give those people the day off in which to celebrate it without being penalized. How can one look at all the sentimental postings here at PIP and not see how important this simple day is to whole families? Traditions are critical because they are the bones of history upon which a nation is hung.
There are whole groups who do nothing but tear down established traditions for no other reason than just to do it in the name of progressive change. One cannot simply exist without the other. Religious holidays are ALWAYS exclusionary to other groups, yet EVERY NATION in the world has at least one of them on their calendar.
It agonizes me everytime I say Merry Christmas to someone, and they fumble for the PC response, especially if I tell some friend that happens to work behind some business counter. I wish I could count all the times they said: our management forbids us from saying anything other than 'Happy Holidays.' And I instantly say: '...or what? you'll get fired? for casually expressing your religious beliefs at work?" Their look of confusion, usually melts, as they stage-whisper back to me: Merry Christmas, as if in affirmation that what I am saying reaffirms their strongest convictions. Christmas is the finest of all holidays: people give generously, they seek out family, most say that they feel the Lord's Presence more strongly at Christmas. To somehow say the mere utterance of the words Merry Christmas is a bad thing, is the height of not understanding that Easter and Christmas are critical parts of a Christian's yearly life, like it or not. It simply is what it is. To make a Christian feel guilty for saying Merry Christmas is a cruel cruel thing to inflict upon the 'spirit' of Americans. They feel it. I see it in their faces when they are not allowed to say it.
I look at this argument in the same vein as someone who is offended by the words: Have a Nice Day! (they claim that the speaker is TELLING them what KIND of day to have.) I think those kinds of people have sauer kraut in their ears that makes everything sound jaded somehow. That person just wished that another person have a nice day, and somehow that is bad thing. ~shrug~