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What could possibly be annoying about hearing someone wish me a merry Christmas? I find it annoying because it is insensitive. The person making the statement is either incorrectly assuming that I am Christian (a reflection of Christian privilege), doesn't give a damn, or has not bothered to consider the potential impact of these words on persons with different beliefs.
In these situations, I almost always assume good intentions on the part of the speaker. Instead of jumping to the conclusion that the speaker thinks everyone is Christian or that they don't care how their words might make me feel, I assume that they are trying to be nice and are simply operating in a state of blissful ignorance. A bit annoying but hardly what I'd consider offensive.