For those people who do not wish to call a Christmas tree what it is (a "Christmas" tree), it would be polite to allow other people to enjoy the holiday that is important to them and their faith.
The holiday is a Christian holiday and the images connected to it should be spoken of using their given names. I am Catholic and I do not have a problem naming the religious symbols of other faiths by their correct names, such as the menorah as opposed to candle-holder or candelabrum. To do so would be insulting and disrespectful.
Are people so stuck on politically correct speech that we are becoming like those in the Middle East — fighting over religious beliefs?
I'm sorry if saying "Merry Christmas" offends some people. It is sad that they think Christians are cramming our faith down their throats.
It is wishing good tidings, joy and happiness to others, no matter what their religion is, because that is what the message is all about. No matter what faith a person is, be it Jewish, Muslim or New-Age paganism. For Christians, it is the message from our God.
Even if others do not have any faith or belief, are they so negative that they cannot accept the sentiment?
Maybe if we expressed our faith in a more loving and positive manner, or if we were more positive in our thinking, this country would not be in such disarray.
Nancy Ingerson, Lewiston