There is no war on Christmas, except in the paranoid minds of those that insist Christians are a persecuted majority in the US (perhaps it is contagious - Canada's federal government in recent years seems to be making wishing people a Merry Christmas a priority).
In the bad old days, pretty much every Canadian was
Christian (those that were already here were sent to residential schools because they weren't considered "real" Canadians; those that believed differently either weren't allowed in, were openly discriminated against, and/or were deemed disposable (by, for example, forced labour building rail lines)). Canada now boasts significant numbers of Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, pagans,
Wiccans, and a growing percentage of individuals who adhere to no religion.
"Happy Holidays" as a generic greeting is a recognition that, until
you learn otherwise, it isn't necessarily accurate to wish your
conversation partner "Merry Christmas." Of course, if offered a seasonal greeting that isn't part of your cultural heritage, just respond in kind. It's simply being polite - a
quintessential (in stereotype, if not in reality) Canadian value. In no way is it accurate or reasonable to portray "Season's Greetings" as an attack on Christianity.
Christmas has been a secular consumerist event for decades. Many people
celebrate and love Christmas for entirely non-religious reasons. If a store doesn't erect a Christmas tree or manger display, it's a business decision
- not an ideological assault or anti-Christian
Using the term "war" is a clear example of overblown rhetoric. We're moving
from assuming that everyone celebrates Christmas to recognizing the
reality that many do, and some don't. No one is shunned. No one is hurt.
No one is maimed. No one is killed. No one is having their rights
infringed upon in any way. Where is the war? Because religious displays are
left to private homes and houses of worship instead of city hall? Because
Christmas iconography (including the "secular" kind, such as conifers
and sleighs) are merely prominent instead of universal?
To those incensed at the fading prominence of explicit Christmas greetings - get a sense of
perspective. Christmas is offensive to no one, but the phrase "War on Christmas" is to many. Direct your
passion, indignation, resources, money, and energy to the plenitude of
issues facing our society that need addressing. Don't waste your (and so
many other people's) time with this invented non-event.