Ebbie says: "What are you expecting: a Muslim Christmas? Seriously."
Good question Ebbie.
1. The title of the original thread said, "De-Christianizing Christmas" You can't . It is a Christian holiday. Create another holiday, yes, around the same time, using whatever customs please you and honor your beliefs, but don't ask people to de-christianize a Christian holiday.
2. The constant reminders of this Christian celebration cause a lot of annoyance and/or pain for people who do not embrace those beliefs. True enough. And sadly so. Most who desire to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in the Christian sense of the word, find this August through December bombardment extremely offensive as well. Unfortunately, the merchants have decided this is their big chance, and on and on it goes and earlier and earlier it gets every year.
3. Let us not try to de-Christianize a Christian celebration or strip ANY holiday of its intended meaning, whether it be religious or otherwise. Let us instead, be sensitive to the fact that everyone does not share the same beliefs and try to understand why their celebrations are important to them. In honoring one another's diversity, we'll have so much more to celebrate. And we'll all be better for it.