Tis the season for hyper-conservatives to get, well, hyper about cashiers and bankers not wishing them a Merry Christmas. I cannot in any respect do the justice to this topic that was done here, but I would like to point out some things in addition to it.
Why we care so much
Perhaps that should be a question instead. Why do we care if businesses are wishing us a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, or something else? As mentioned here, here, and here, our primary goal as believers is not to build an empire of moralistic people in an earthly kingdom. Jesus commanded us to go out and make disciples of him, not disciples of Christmas; not disciples of moralism.
Are WE even commanded to celebrate?
In short, no. We are told to remember what Christ has done for us and live in light of it. I know believers that choose not to celebrate Christmas because of the pagan roots that it has. That is their freedom to do so. But it is also our freedom in Christ to celebrate a holiday devoted to Christ’s birth. We should be glad about God becoming flesh, but not impose it upon those who don’t even believe that he came.
What if you stopped asking the cashier to wish you a Merry Christmas and instead carried on a friendly conversation with them for a change? What if you asked them about their holiday and showed actually interest and, dare I say, care for what they are talking about? What if we, as the Church, spread the Gospel of Jesus instead of simply the “gospel of Christmas”?
Think about it.