James Lileks takes a relaxed view of the "Happy Holidays" issue. Lileks is often wise and always entertaining. He in turn is responding to James Wolcott, who writes for Vanity Fair, who claims that even on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, people say "Merry Christmas," and they still say it at Macy's.
Mebbe so, but Lileks acknowledges that store clerks these days act confused when wished a Merry Christmas.
I've been doing the same experiment, returning a "Merry Christmas" for a "Happy Holidays."
It's a Dave Carter flying pig thing. And people are confused, which is sad.
The Republic, however, does still stand.