Happy Holidays! There is one thing that I absolutely hate when it comes to this time of year. It’s when Christians make a huge deal to say “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays”. I use to work in a convenience store, and one customer stands out in my mind. A little old lady who was picking up some last minute stocking suffers. As she was walking out the door, I said “Happy Holidays”. She stopped dead in her tracks, turned around, walked up to the counter, looked me dead in the eyes and said “Merry Christmas”, with an angry look on her face. This bothered me. What would have happened if I was Jewish? I wouldn’t celebrate Christmas and I might take offence to that. This is the very reason I think “Happy Holidays” is a more appropriate term to use. It covers all religious beliefs rather than singling a specific one out. People wonder why Atheists even celebrate Christmas, well…technically we don’t, at least I don’t. I celebrate to a certain extent, though. I believe that before the New Year begins, it’s the perfect time to spend with the ones that you love. A time of fellowship, bonding and celebrating the previous year. Remember those loved ones who are no longer with us is also included. Unfortunately, Atheists are ridiculed for giving/receiving gifts, since that’s part of ‘Christmas’ but in reality, it’s not. Gift giving and receiving is a tradition practiced my most religions, not just Christianity. With all of the religions out there, and the growing Atheist community, I’m going to end this post by saying HAPPY HOLIDAYS, whichever one that you celebrate!