To all our readers, MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
But please, rest assured that when I wish you "Merry Christmas", it is purely in the context of my personal culture, which assigns the term "Christmas" as a label to this particular time of year, and by which dedicates this winter solstice time to the purpose of general enjoyment, celebration, recognition of the value in all humanity, and emphasises it as a period of focus on the positive aspects of my relationship with my friends and family.
By wishing you "Merry Christmas", I by no means denigrate your cultural, spiritual or formalised religious background. In fact, I welcome your return greeting, should it be aligned in terminology with my own, or alternatively in a contrasting (yet equally valid) interpretation of the winter solstice celebration, or indeed if it be a neutral or even negative in form (e.g. "Bah Humbug, a pox on your Christmas greeting").
Gosh, isn't Christmas complicated these days. Who would have though that "goodwill to all men" could become so complicated. Oh, sorry, women. And minors. Oh... Bah Humbug!