Personally I like to remind those joyless Christians who nag me about celebrating "Christ-mas" that they stole it from the pagans and druids and Mithraists and other non-Christians. So we all get to pick and choose our parts. It just happens that the parts I like (the tree, the gifts, the food, the alcohol, the playing with kids, the near-solstice timing) are the pagan elements. Even the music -- a lot of the so-called religious christmas music was borrowed from folktunes of various sorts. (Well -- so I've heard, anyway.)
I got dinged for using "xmas" too one year. You would think they would be happy that I'm not using "christmas" to refer to the non-christian elements that I, a raving atheist, enjoy ....
Laura Markstein Quilter / [address removed]
Librarian, Geek, Attorney, Teacher
Copyright and Information Policy Librarian
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Lecturer, Simmons College, GSLIS
On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM, Nora <[address removed]>