Why is it that language and phrases spoken from January to November suddenly become “offensive” in December? When is the exact starting date that it happens so I can avoid those people?
There is no “war on xmas”, but there certainly is a guerilla war on basic civility perpetrated by those who want everyone to participate in “xmas”.
For example, this is a common conversation in October:
Me: "Happy Hallowe'en!" Them: "See you on Monday!" Me: [friendly smile, waves]
Then, there’s this common conversation from December:
Them: "Merry xmas!" Me: "See you on Monday!" Them: "WHY DON'T YOU JUST TELL ME TO GO **** MYSELF?"
This may be an exaggeration, but there’s a grain of truth. I’d wager most reading who have been an atheist for over ten years have experienced something similar. Someone said “merry cheezwhiz” or somesuch, and you responded with one of these phrases or something similar:
"take care" "see you soon / on Monday" "have a nice night / weekend"
and you were labled “difficult”, “offensive”, or “trying to ruin other people’s fun”.
There words didn’t suddenly become “offensive” overnight. The “war” types are demanding participation, whether they admit to it or not.