A small departure from my "I Disbelieve" series (which, I assure you, is going to see part 3 soon).
We're not that far removed from our senses that we can't simply enjoy the holidays, are we? I suppose I'm not supposed to use that word, either: holiday. Doesn't matter that its Christian derivation equals 'holy day,' so the faith-heads can take it easy. And for the pre-Christian in all of us, the use of 'holly' made for a smooth transition to 'holly day' or 'holiday' and everyone was happy. Go light another yule log, or something.
In any case, why the drive to politicize a tradition? What is the use of lobbying the government for terminological changes to a clump of days on a calendar? Why create a controversy just for something to fight over?
It's nonsense. Go and tell people you love them. Go and hug an atheist, a Christian, a Muslim, a homosexual, an anyone who fits the self-evident category of human being and enjoy their company. Celebrate whatever you'd like during this intermission from workaday life, just celebrate. Celebrate something you find special, just don't assume that I do, too. But if on the off-chance we do find it mutually special, well that's just all the more reason to share a few drinks, pass a couple of presents about, and laugh a little more.
And that's all this silly season really needs to make it a good one: laughter, celebration, basic human dignity, and a nice glass of wine (unless you're of the teetotaling variety, in which case I'll drink yours for you).