I am not one to take offense at the mundane. A Holiday greeting, appropriately worded for the person in question, is not offensive to me. In fact, if you wish me a Happy Hanukkah, despite the fact that I am not following Judaism, I accept your wishes in good cheer.
I may not LIKE YOU (I try to like everyone and in most cases I succeed) ...or your faith...it is irrelevant. KINDNESS goes a long way. And I love my family, all of them... wife's adoptive family, as well as her bio-family and my own...
I had gathered than one member of family had been raised in the Jewish faith. Let me specify: Not my "Immediate" family, but an in-law, we shall say. Her sister was raised in the Christian faith (I am unsure of denomination, so I can't specify more).
Now, after a previous debate, I had determined that she was self-identified as Jewish. I figured I would include her in a Facebook post, with a greeting of "Happy Hanukkah."
OY VEY, That was a mistake. Is she ashamed of her upbringing? This is the US, 2016, not Germany of 1933, despite what you are picturing as an incoming administration.
Although I am grateful she told me that she prefers a Christmas greeting (If any), I am somewhat saddened by getting cuffed in such a manner.
Still, I honored her wishes and removed her from the greeting. I made a mistake assuming that she embraced Judaism, but we do occasionally step on toes. If I were perfect, I'd be G_d.
However, it will not stop me from sending Wishes for a joyful season to her, or anyone. I choose kindness.
To any and all: Merry Christmas, Blessed Yule, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa. If you don't like any of those, pick a generic. It's not my place to guess what you prefer. If you choose to take umbrage at my greeting, it is your choice. I choose to give you a greeting. I choose kindness. How you act is not going to dictate my life.