This has been going on since I was at school here in the UK (about 8 years... hmm feel old saying that) and suffice to say I'm tired of it.
First they said the Muslims wanted it changed, none of the Muslims I knew gave a rats ass about it being called Christmas! Some celebrated the traditional side of the festivities even.
Now, it's just general political correctness with a side of "it's the atheists!" throw in after the bus campaigns this year.
Next year? How about we blame global warming, or whatever hot topic is around that year just to drive the wagon to change the name of Christmas.
Who cares. Seriously...
I'm all for like respect of peoples beliefs. I don't care of individuals choose to celebrate Christmas or not... or how they celebrate it. If you want to go to your churches Christmas service - fine, if you want to go to mass - fine, if you want to just do the traditional stuff - fine, or however you do it in your country or family.
Sure, it can get a bit commercialised where stores sell... well quite silly things really, but simply don't buy them and they won't be around next year.
Lights everywhere, Christmas trees, presents, Christmas dinner, etc... will any of this and a persons family traditions really change if we change this celebrations name? My bet is on "No".
Don't want "Christmas" on cards and things... then buy ones that say "Seasons Greetings" - the more of those you buy, the more that will be supplied next year. It's supply and demand.
There is one more thing that bugs me about this - everyone always ends up talking about how Christmas is about spending time with people you care about. Some people don't have that option, they are - they are alone in multiple ways and places - at home, on the streets, in hospital. People could be helping them or even putting energy into making the ones their care about feel loved or renew their efforts in that relationship. Think about how many people could feel loved if people who have time to argue about this, spent that time reaching out and changed real lives and not just a name.
I don't know the stats, but Christmas time is a big time for people who are depressed and thinking of committing suicide - there are one of two extremes for these people, they either feel incredibly isolated or very loved for a while, imagine if one person dies every time this argument gets a mention.
And although my meaning was good in writing this, now you've read it all... another person may have committed suicide.