Re: Nice article, Ms. Quatch!
"I take it the down votes are from the same type of twits that say the lame "happy holidays"?"
You mean the established church?
"Merry Christmas" as a greeting is relatively newfangled and is typically associated with Christmas cards and other commercialism of what was previously a purely religious holiday.
Not to mention that the root of the word 'holiday' is (fairly obviously) 'holy day', and that for most people Christmas time is a holiday season (in either meaning of the word).
Anyway, given that the bloody Christmas music and shop displays seems to start in flipping September these days, can you blame people for wanting as little to do with it as possible?
PS, I won't even start on the pagan origins of Yule, or indeed people celebrating Christ's birth in the winter, despite the information in the bible pointing to a warmer time of year.