There is so much wrong with calling the Christmas Season the Holidays, that I hardly know where to begin.
If our Holy Mother the Church had not decided arbitrarily to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, we would not have had time off work round this date at all.
And it is anti-Christian discrimination to avoid both the words Christ and Mass when talking about this time off work. Of course, the Christian can feel secret pleasure in the fact that even the euphemism lands the unbeliever in the trap of calling the season the Holy Days. We should ask innocently: “Oh, and what holy days are these?”
Even better, the Holidays are those for the year 2010, and we could also ask, with equal innocence, “Oh, and what happened two thousand and ten year ago that was so important that we date everything from it?”.
But pagan-bating palls after a while, so I guess I’ll just carry on refusing to hear any “Happy Holidays” greeting, and bellowing out in reply “And I hope you have a very Merry Christmas too”.