There is a strong misunderstanding about the definition of 'forced' by the left. They consider that when many people do something voluntarily, in a harmless manner no less, they are 'forcing' those who don't do it to do it anyway. Mind you, I'm an atheist, but have developed a respect for those around me that many of my colleagues embarrassingly lack. Newsflash: no one is pointing spears at you forcing you to buy a Yule tree. Nonetheless, you are perhaps infuriated at the fact that this famous holiday receives so much attention. My opinion is that people should be allowed to call their holidays whatever they wish, and celebrate in any manner deemed harmless to others. If you don't like Christmas, don't celebrate it. Calling for its exclusion from your daily life is the most repugnant, egocentric, and callous way to express a toddler tantrum. There are better ways of doing it, like stomping, making 'waaaa' noises, and throwing your computer out the window, all things that harm no one.
And there should be. Christmas is forced upon people as being the celebration that is correct. Just like every religion worships a different deity, every culture has a different take on the holiday season. Church, God, Religious Holidays, and Religion in general do not belong in politics. They do not belong in government. And they should not be forced upon society. I am not saying any religion or tradition is incorrect. They are all meaningful to the individual and culture specific to them. The reason why there should be a War on Christmas is because promoting any one tradition tells our neighbors that we don't care about or believe in their traditions. They believe they are right just as much as a christian believes the story of Jesus and Christmas is right. It is not our place to force beliefs onto others. We are not any of the Gods worshiped on Earth. And until any one religion provides indisputable evidence that their deity is the only existing deity in the universe, we should respect each others faith.
I do think there is a war on Christmas in some areas. Schools have holiday concerts, and sing The Dreidel song, but do not perform any Christmas songs for fear of offending someone. Sending out cards that read Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays is also deemed offensive by some. If Christmas offends you, don't celebrate, but it's unfair to tell others that they can't celebrate because you don't like their holiday.
Is there a war on Christmas? Which Christmas are we debating here? For argument's sake lets belief that is both the Christian Christmas as well as the secular Christmas. Is the secular Christmas under attack? Yes, as it almost always has from the Christian Christmas in arguing that the season is 'too materialistic'. Is the Christian Christmas under attack? Yes, as it almost always has from the non-Christians that just as Christians adapted this holiday from the Pagans, non-Christians have done the same and feel that there is no need to bash these non-Christian Christmas practices as the Pagans have not bashed the Christian Christmas practices.
As a non-Christian, the only time I think there is a war on Christmas is when someone on the right tells me that there is. And that I have to be on one side or the other. I don't give two flips about the word "Christmas" or whether or not you celebrate. I'll buy a Christmas tree just fine. I'll take the day off from work, no issue.
Stop telling me that as a democrat/liberal, I get upset over this stuff. I don't. Most of us don't.
I don't care whether people say "merry Christmas" or "happy holidays". What's the difference? Yes, some people think we shouldn't put Christmas decorations up in public places, but that's not because they hate Christmas. It's so that any non-Christmas celebratory won't get offended. Most don't, but there are always a few, and of course you have to make everyone happy... So I don't consider not allowing Christmas decorations or saying "happy holidays" a "war" on Christmas. Now, banning it would be a different story...
The problem with Christmas for most of us who don't really find all that much to celebrate is that there is no way to "opt out." Where ever you go there are people telling you that you are supposed to feel a certain way and do certain things in order to conform. We push back and it's called "war on Christmas." We just don't want to participate. I would much rather celebrate the real reason for Christ's existence on earth: not to be born for our joy, but to die for sins. Where are you on Maundy Thursday?
I’m sick and tired of Christmas already. Those bloody Christmas adverts with their crappy Christmas music have been on TV for weeks now, all sending the same message: “If you are poor and you don’t go into debt to buy your kids the latest gear this Christmas, you’re a bad parent and social services are going to take them off you.” The ruthless retailing racketeers. And anyway, it’s not even a Christian festival as some claim - the mid-winter festival is Yule, Jesus was born in January, the Christians just hijacked Yuletide - that’s why we have 12 days of Christmas, holly, ivy, mistletoe, Yule logs and so on – there’s no mention of any of them in the Bible is there? If people want to celebrate Christmas for weeks and weeks on end then let them, but they shouldn’t expect everybody else to join in.
First of all, the United States and several other countries happen to be founded on Christianity. If you can't deal with the fact that it is part of our culture to celebrate Christmas, then you should move to another country. In a country where the primary religion in Muslim, you would expect their holidays and traditions to be widely promoted and celebrated. Except here in the U.S., we do not force certain religions upon you. No one is forcing you to celebrate Christmas. If you do not feel like participating in the holiday, then don't. Just don't go around spoiling the mood for others because its a religion-based holiday. Another thing, a large amount of people who celebrate Christmas do not believe in God. They celebrate because they enjoy the feeling of giving and getting.
Many Americans, as well as a number of people in other countries, celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmastime. Individuals who are not Christians may not celebrate the holiday, but are familiar with the Christian meaning of December celebrations. Those who are of different religions, as well as some atheists, are becoming more adamant about the idea that Christmas should just be about merriment and doing good, and less about Jesus' birth. However, it's hard to say how many people who don't already think this way are being "converted" to this mindset.