I live in a state where the majority of people celebrate Christmas. Whether or not they consider themselves Christian.
I've been wished "Merry Christmas" a handful of times over the past week, in retail type situations. People would have no idea if I was Christian or not.
And although I celebrate a secular Christmas, I always bristle in that situation. Because I think - what if I didn't celebrate Christmas? How do people respond who don't celebrate? Who celebrate Hanukkah? Or the winter solstice or Kwanzaa? Or who don't celebrate anything at all?
I know they are just trying to be well-meaning, and have good intentions.
I'm sure this is related somehow to the war on Christmas.
I just don't see why "Happy Holidays" is such a threat. It seems much more inclusive and understanding that not everyone celebrates in the same way.
So perhaps next year I'll speak up and tell random customer service type people that I don't celebrate Christmas, but happy holidays anyway. It seems like a lot of effort and energy - I suppose it's just recognizing privilege.
So I may speak up, or I may not. It will depend.
Nevertheless, best wishes for a peaceful holiday, whatever you celebrate.
PS. Hanukkah is a bigger deal where one of my sisters' lives - there is a Hanukkah mobile that drives around her neighborhood. She's promised to send me a photo.