Rick, I just turned 62. When I was a kid in NJ, my Jewish relatives, some assimilated, some not, some observant, some not, some plain old agnostics, all wished people "merry Christmas" without batting an eye. Being a minority in a country of Christians was not something new. Being seen as fellow citizens by most of those Christians certainly was. Gratitude for safety and acceptance still exists. Being told "merry Christmas" by a Jewish American was once the norm. The country has changed a great deal.