The only contrarian stirrings are that the establishment clause does not allow Christians in governmental authority to impose Christmas upon others against their free will and freedom to worship or not as they see fit. So some non-Christians, and freedom-loving Christians alike, oppose state-sanctioned religious displays and expressions as a violation of the establishment clause. The last thing we want is government in charge of Religion - think about it.
A recent meme from the conservative side stirring up the wars is this example of "Christian-Conservative Pride" which gives me (a believing and practicing Christian) a real turn-off with regard to conservatism and certain forms of Christianity. It appears to be rather "in-your-face" and I don't recall a lot of pride manifest in that humble stable and the shepherds at the first Christmas.
I actually have some concern about the over-use and over-commercialization of the sacred name of Christ in the out-of-control excesses of the holiday, be they money-grubbing or political. That's one reason why I have no problem with the substitution of the "X" for "Christ" in the holiday originating from the Catholic Mass occurring in December to celebrate the Savior's birth. As good ol' St. Wikipedia tells us:
"X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which comes into English as "Christ".
There is a common belief that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas", but its use dates back to the 16th century.It doesn't take too much imagination to see that "X" is a somewhat diagonal cross which most recognize as a symbol of Christ and the religion named for him.
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And need I remind you that the Puritan fathers and mothers, continuing with some modern Christian groups, did not celebrate at Christmas considering it a pagan holiday which it basically is adapted from mid-winter solstice celebrations to sanctify them into medieval Christian practices. The evergreens, fires, mistletoe, feasting, etc., all come from pre-Christian celebrations of life to which I certainly have no objection.
Oh, and I like saying "Happy Christmas!" to people. Besides it being what they say in English-speaking Britain (well, pretty much all of it), it makes overly sensitive Christmas warriors confused. When I begin with "Happy" instead of "Merry" they start to get their dander all up for some unChristian-like verbal sword thrust, then I end it with "Christmas" so they realize I'm all "holy night."
. . . Except for those who are already on to me toying with them.
And isn't "Mary Christmas" the name of Santa's wife anyway? Or maybe his "special" friend?
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