I am not an adherant of either judaism or christianity. Can anyone explain to me why so many christians (and to some degree, jews) get so angry and aggressive toward me if I choose to avoid celebrating a christian holiday? I tend to "keep the spirit of the holidays" more throughout the year, and I don't make a "special effort" for 30 or so days at the end of the calendar. I have had some difficult situations on the job because I refused to decorate my work area, because I refuse to participate in the gift exchange. I have been called some pretty hateful names, reported to managers, had nasty anonymous notes left on my desk. I have strangers turn suddenly aggressive if I don't return their "Merry Christmas!!!!!" Don't get me wrong, I'm not militant about it, I maintain a very neutral demeanor, but at the same time, I insist that others do not require me to "join in." If the holiday has "lost its religious meaning," then why do they still insist that I celebrate it? Why is it so important to a christmas celebrant that I celebrate, also? If the holiday no longer is a celebration of christ's birthday, what's the point? If it is still a celebration of christ's birthday, would it not cheapen the whole affair for believers to encourage non-believers to celebrate (but just ignore the jesus component)? I will gladly allow you to enjoy the holiday. But please, do not harrass me if I return your "Merry Christmas" with a blank stare.