I've wanted to flash my credentials as a contrarian on the Christmas issue, but I'm having difficulty. I want to oppose the liberals who want to have Chrismahanukkwanzikah and yet I don't want to exhibit belligerence to Target store greeters who wish me a happy holiday. There's that whole "reasonable" argument about how the Pro-Christmas folks aren't really pushing Christmas -- Dave already discussed that here, and the Wall Street Journal picked that view up here (I think registration required). Here's a snippet that bugged me:
"The idea that we should slice 'Christ' from 'mas' is un-American."
Wait, huh? Etymology?