We found a coffee bar (it was called Coffee/Bar).
Owner says “Merry Christmas”. I pause and say it back, but it felt weird. Puzzled me why it felt weird.
First I thought “well, they’ve been saying Happy Holidays since I was a kid in the 80s and Merry Christmas was less common and never a store owner.
But that wasn’t it. It felt political.
Why? Couldn’t figure it out. Is it because he was assuming my religion? Might have been that. Thought it was that. Wasn’t that.
It hit me after. (I’m slow): the 45th US President gave a speech where he said “and we’ll be saying Merry Christmas instead of “Happy Holidays””….
… And that was that. It was a Right wing coffee bar named Coffee/Bar.