I just wanted to say I am glad I live in a community where it is still welcome to hear "Merry Christmas" during the shopping season. Our little community of over 35000 dosen't seem to mind when you smile and say Merry Christmas and there are still a lot of decorations and stores that promote the Christmas theme. I just cannot understand why it is so hard to just ignore it if you don't believe the reason we celebrate this time of year. After all CHRIST is the reason for the season.
If you don't want to celebrate by buying gifts, having family around you with all the trimmings, great food and festivities then why not volunteer at a shelter or visit elderly in the nursing home or something charitable while you get the day off work (usually paid I might add).
I for one love it when I go into a store and they tell me "Merry Christmas" as I am checking out!
So here it is from me to you
MERRY, MERRY, MERRY, BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO YOU!