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    America, where ‘Merry Christmas’ is optional

    I think Jack McDonough’s Dec. 17 letter “Offense at word ‘Christmas’ is itself offensive” includes a mistaken assumption. He wrote that Christmas is a “Christian observance,” and that it “used to unite all of us.” But the United States of America is not, and never was, a Christian nation, so it couldn’t have united more than a fraction of Americans.

    I read McDonough’s letter as being unhappy that people are taking steps to involve everyone, not just Christians, in the season, and I think that is very much against the holiday spirit.

    Everyone is free, of course, to say, “Merry Christmas” to others, but you can’t expect to be able to force others to say it to you.

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    Happy holidays, whenever and whatever they are.

    Scott Romanowski

    Billerica