OK Atheists! I have a problem and need your help!
I live in SC and I have cashiers telling me all the time to, "Have a Blessed Day!" (It's spookie, I know!) I need to have a good comeback ready for them... What do you say when this happens to you?
Also, do you have a retort to, "Merry Christmas"? I don't really want to do battle on that one... in fact, I do get into the Xmas spirit and even decorate my house. (I like Santa, but no religious artifacts.) Shame on me! But seriously folks, I am curious about how y'all handle yourselves in public with the religiously inclined.
Thanks Guys and Gals! (Merry F'n Xmas! ha, ha)
made holy; consecrated.
used in mild expressions of annoyance or exasperation.
"there wasn't a blessed thing anybody could have done"
So - you can assume they are going with definition 2 and are wishing you an exasperating day. Thus, the appropriate response is "Same to you, buddy"
And everyone will be happy.
Since interactions with sttrangers are typically figurative, or can be viewed as such, and positive in nature (from your examples,) I would pass them off as the innocuous utterances they are. In brief, I would just "Thanks," "you too," or "Happy Holidays!"
"Have a blessed day!" May be a viewed as a regional form of. "Have a good day!" Similarly, "Merry Christmas!" Can just mean "Happy Holidays!" Because these exchanges are with unimportant people in your life, why make them more important than they are? Save explaining your beliefes for duscussions with people who are important to you.
Usually, I just say thank you. Their words don't have be my belief, and I know it is said with good intentions, so I don't take offense. I believe you can be 'blessed' by many things other than religion - it's very nice (and not a gift from god) have a day when things go well, enjoy a nice meal or a great shopping experience.
I tend to ignore religious people unless they are proselyting and inflict themselves on me in public, then they get both barrels.
If some one says have a blessed day to me, I usually say something like, cheers, or stay safe, reciprocating the sentiment without identifying with any religious connotations.
Merry Christmas is something I say in the same way I say good morning. The Christ in Christmas means on more than the Thor in Thursday.
To "have a good day," I respond, "thank you, but I have other plans," or alternates, " I already have." and my best is, " you have a great life." followed by their embarrassed giggle...why throw away the wish for one day ? And one day I was having a day where MORMON missionaries, darkening my door, and absolutely devoted to ruining my life...when one asked, what he could do to help me...I asked if he would suck my dick....for some reason they have NEVER RETURNED !
As long as no one is in a missionary mode I greet and reply to everyone with the same respect and kindness I always do. And if someone do, I explain them friendly that I am a not religious and don‘t have any interest into it. I believe in goodness, and practice my ideals as best as I can just for myself, and that‘s all.
A friend of mine invite them in his home, but they moved fast. All his apartment was full with inverted crosses, pentagrams and skulls.