I'm starting to get annoyed with the religious argument that has been coming up every year. This year it seems to be in full force with people yelling about "Happy Holidays" and, "It's called a Christmas tree."
People should be allowed to celebrate and say what they wish without other people getting offended, because of the kindness that is behind the words.
As an atheist, I don't celebrate this holiday season because of a higher power. I celebrate because it is a joyous time when people are happy and the family is able to get together.
If someone wishes someone else a Merry Christmas, it should be accepted, and followed by, "Thank you. You, too." If it is known that the person is Jewish, then wish a "Happy Hanukkah!" back.
Someone should not be offended if someone else wishes to call his decorated tree something other than a Christmas tree. Christmas has its roots, as does Hanukkah, and all the other religious holidays, but how a person chooses to celebrate it in his home is up to the individual.
Out in public, people should accept other people's wishes to have a happy, joyous time this holiday season.
Ethan Masselli, Lisbon