My impression is that each year, more secular groups crowd into publically owned property formerly used exclusively to display the Christian manger scene. These new displays have atheist themes and those of other religions.
What I wish is these displays on public property would be educational. For example, it would be helpful for Christians to illustrate the pagan origin of Christmas day.
It was the pagans, and whatever preceded them, who put a religious twist on winter solstice. Eventually, Christians came along and decided to push aside the soltice crowd and insert their own religion in its place.
Nearly every institution takes Christmas day off. In nonChristian countries, like Japan, they take long holidays after New Years. There are Christians who say that when nonbelievers take Christmas off they are being inconsistant or hypocritical. It seems to me they are doing what people seem to have done forever, celebrating soltice and/or the new year.
Now, I don’t think Christians should feel guilty about stealing winter soltice from the pagans. Neither should stores that greet shoppers with “Happy Holidays” be labeled guilty for not making reference the Christmas. It is all just part of social change that takes place over the centuries.
It would be wise if groups like churches didn’t spend too much on their nativity scenes. The Crystal Cathedral in California spent so much money on live camels and donkeys a few years ago, they could not pay the bill.
Maybe Christian and nonChristian groups could join together and simply wish people, “Happy Holidays”.