Did you say Merry Christmas today in spite! Did you say it a little extra loud so as to make sure everyone around could here you? How did that make you feel? Did it empower you? Do you think it empowered others around you; did they laugh and smile, nod their heads in approval? Well, they did when I said it. You know all this talk of the "C" word; the word you cannot say anymore is silly and ridiculous isn't it? Christmas is a special time of the year and should be treated as such, as it is a tradition and it is part of American culture. It does not matter what religion you are or even if you are of no religion at all. Christmas is Christmas and Merry is a nice touch to use in a greeting; So, have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and take that! Do not let anyone spoil it or take away your right to say Merry Christmas. Say it like you mean it and say it like you feel it, with warmth and conviction. It is a great way to say you care and you wish all the world well over the holiday season. Do not worry if the other person is Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim because what it is saying to them is that you welcome them into your midst, all of them whether a believer or an atheist, you are saying I value you as a person and I wish you well. That is a good thing and helps bring people together. If someone is offended by you saying Merry Christmas it is an internal problem with that individual, that is their problem not yours. You wished them well in a positive way by saying Merry Christmas, which is a compliment and a way of saying; "I Care" and that is a good thing. Of course if you cannot stand the person you can say Go to Hell, Delightful December, Merry Month or nothing at all. Think on it.