Yeah, the "anti-PC" backlash is indeed silly, and somehow I think it is so strident so as to ridicule the very notion of "political correctness" so as to make it alright to be racist or whatever you want- SO many folks I have had interactions with lament the fact that "PC made it 'wrong' to think for yourself"
The way I sees it, the very fact that common courtesy and human decency and respect had to be "re-branded" is a sad commentary, and the fact that the whole notion "is restrictive" or whatever is almost worse....
I am far from being a christian, but I agree with anarky, hell, someone (first of the season) wished me "Merry Christmas" yesterday and all's I said was "Thanks, same back to ya!" and that was that
Anyone who wishes ME Happy Kwanzaa, tho, had better be ready for a quick informative lecture.. man, thanks to whichever one of you fellows it was who clued me in to that idiocy- the very fact that the West felt the need (no doubt part of the "white mans burden") to make up a new holiday for the godless masses in Africa so they,too, could feel compelled to buy a hole bunch of useless, unwanted SHIT at a certain time of year should be enough to inspire some sort of justified rage- hell, I would go to an Afro-American "FUCK KWANZAA" parade, hopefully they would serve Ethiopian food on them big-ass breads
And JDR3, yeah, "What's Shakin??" and "Take it easy" pretty much cover all my platitudes, sometimes interspersed with a bit of real-time weather analysis like "Keep warm eh!" for variety- usually when folks DO wish me "holiday specific" phrases my first thought is "Oh yeah, that is still coming up, isn't it??"
OH and a final note, me and my "real life" buddies still celebrate Lemmy Day on His birthday, the 24th of december- inexpensive(ideally funny in some real referenced way) gifts and lots of pot and booze, giving most of us good reason to sleep in most of x-mas day
So HAPPY FUCKING LEMMY DAY