I'm not surprised. There is a trend here.
Christians, though, seem to be surprised when we point out that:
- People were celebrating the winter solstice as a natural holiday for millennia before christmas came along
- Jews, you know those "pre-christians," were celebrating Chanukah, the festival of lights too.
- There is no evidence to suggest that Jesus was born anywhere near the winter solstice. Celebrating his birthday at that time was a clever way to co-opt what was already a celebratory time for early pagans.
- Christmas is a relatively recent invention and the christmas tree was once a forbidden symbol by early christians due to its pagan roots.
So when we demand equal time, please don't tell us we're taking the christ out of christmas. We're just reminding people that "the reason for the season" is a quirky combination of the earth's revolution on its axis, its elliptical orbit around the sun, and a slight tilt of the axis with respect to that orbit. That's it.