Solstice salutations!

Todd Higgins higginsta at mac.com
Wed Dec 20 12:16:51 CST 2006


I don't want to interject politics into this discussion, but I  
received the following holiday greeting and I thought I would pass it  
along as it may help other craft an appropriate end of the year  
greeting. ;-)

For My Democratic Friends:

"Please accept with no obligation, explicit or implied, our best  
wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low- 
stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter  
solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of  
the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your  
choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or  
traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or  
secular traditions at all.

We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and  
medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally  
accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the  
calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society  
have helped make America great.  Not to imply that America is  
necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in  
the Western Hemisphere, and without regard to the race, creed, color,  
age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the  
wishee.

By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This  
greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely  
transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies  
no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for  
herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and  
is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is  
warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good  
tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a  
subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is  
limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the  
sole discretion of the wisher."

For My Republican Friends:

Here's wishing all of You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Todd




On Dec 19, 2006, at 4:29 PM, Richmond Mathewson wrote:

> I really believe the people who are really
> "hyper-sensitive,
> criticism-aware" are those with some sort of slightly
> unpleasant axes to grind. As I am not particularly
> insecure or worried that other people's points of view
> are going to dent my belief system I can take all the
> "Happy Ramadans", "Happy Diwalis" "Happy Christmases",
> "Happy Janmashtamis" and so on that are wished to me -
> and in every case I take it as I assume it is
> delivered; in a spirit of love and genuine good
> wishes. (And, if these wishes are delivered in a
> spirit other than that of love and so on, that is
> surely a problem for the wisher and not for me).
>
> For various rather complicated reasons (which I am
> neither going to explain nor justify) I think that
> Jesus was "a good egg" and, as such would like to
> extend (admittedly 6 days early) my best wishes to one
> and all on one of the days on which people celebrate
> his birthday.
>
> And for those who cannot fathom what I mean by that:
>
> Happy Christmas!
>
> sincerely, Richmond Mathewson
>
> ____________________________________________________________
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> said."
>                                                                        
>                      Mathewson 2006
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