Just having a Christian holiday being said is rude and offensive to anyone who is not a celebrator of Jesus Christ. This "War on Christmas" is illogical and in true honesty kind of racist.
Squirtle is, in my opinion, is the best starter out of the three. This is because, obviously, is that it is adorable. Another reason is since the most popular starter is Charmander, a fire, squirtle will probably beat it as it is a water type.