It has started already, the complaints that stores are advertising “holiday sales” instead of “Christmas sales”. Or, people saying “Happy Holiday” instead of “Merry Christmas”.
These complaints ignore a few basic facts. First, there is no reliable information the Jesus of the Bible was born on December 25. So, if someone does not wish to recognize that date as the birth date, it seems OK.
Second, Christians stole this date, or time of the year, from previous peoples. The time of the winter solstice was celebrated long before the Christian era. So, the correct greeting would be, “Merry Pagan Solstice”.
But, that wouldn’t be entirely honest either. The Pagan’s stole the solstice from earlier groups.
In graduate school, I wrote a few papers on the Incas of South America. Groups in the region, including the Mayans, had societies so organized they could afford to have full time theologians.
These were priests who studied the stars and location of the sun, thinking it reflected some deity. They are another thread of civilizations who had mastered the solstice, or Christmas date.
I am willing to forgive Christians for pretending the Jesus birth occurred very near the solstice date. It was good management to use a celebration already in place rather than adding yet another day off from work.
I do think, however, they go a little overboard in their complaints about greetings used during the solstice season.