Ed Cone ? blogger, computer-industry journalist, Greensboro News & Record columnist, Democratic activist, Jew ? says not to get overly sensitive about the religious nature of Dec. 25:

Merry Christmas. There, I said it, and I meant it, too.

You may tell me Merry Christmas in return, if you please. Or you can say Happy Holidays. That’s an efficient little phrase, compressing best wishes for a whole range of events into one snappy alliterative package. Just don’t tell me Happy Holidays because you worry that saying Merry Christmas to a Jew will cause him to melt into the floor like the witch at the end of “The Wizard of Oz.”

So let it be written, so let it be done.