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Though over the years christmas has managed to settle down into a strong christian tradition, the winter season is not just christmas. Many spiritualists celebrate the winter solstice for their own reasons. It is a symbol of endings and beginnings, life and death, and the cycle of nature.
The "christmas tree" is not even a christian symbol; it is a pagan one. The very idea of the celebration of nature is loaded with non-christian ideals.
I posit that the end of one year and beginning of the next holds a special significance for everyone, regardless of their religion or lack thereof. Wishing a "merry christmas" to christians is all fine and well, but most of the rest of us are quite pleased with "happy winter" or its variants. Personally, I will accept either one and reply with, "and a happy winter to you."