Isn't that whole idea of marketing? Using that which is meaningful to people to get them to buy? The Christian music, message, etc, IS meaningful to people because it is a Christian celebration. Manipulative to USE this? Yes! Does it work? YES! Is the use/abuse of the basis of the Christian religion offensive to lots of folks, Christian and non-Christian alike? You bet it is!
It's important to remember that the musak isn't selling the religion, it is using/abusing it. There is a big difference.
The musak actually serves another, probably unintended, purpose. It reminds folks of the real reason for the celebration. It gives people pause (if they have the time to pause with all that has been done to the holiday) to consider that which is meaningful about the season. For the Christians, of course it is the remembrance of the birth of Christ. And there is much good in that.
For the non-Christians, it is the feeling of love and family and sharing of gifts that has the greater meaning. There is much good in that.
Our common ground is the true goodness that is born of this holiday, whether motivated by the embracing of Christian belief or not. Let us meet there.
And then, let us learn more about the deeply meaningful celebrations of other religions. Let us find the good there and celebrate it! That is not to say anyone needs to buy into another's religious philosophies, but let's seek out the good and celebrate WITH one another! There is much to celebrate! Let's find our common ground. Katy