Politically Correct Christmas Greetings


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CAPTAIN MIKE
December 24, 2005, 07:45 PM
I really wanted to send out some sort of holiday greeting but it is so difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone.
So I met with my attorney yesterday, and on his advice and with his approval here is what he has approved and what I want to say to all of you:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my 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 persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2006, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make the world great, and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, 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 her/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.

Best regards in a nonbinding salutation,

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Barbara
December 24, 2005, 07:51 PM
Merry Christmas. :)

MountainPeak
December 24, 2005, 07:54 PM
I just say, have a good time you "crazy religious zealots"! It seems to cover most! :)

pax
December 24, 2005, 08:01 PM
Something about the new version of tolerance really stinks.

True tolerance would be allowing everyone to freely express whoever and whatever they are, and teaching our children to respect other people's expressed beliefs (no matter how silly we might find them). HL Mencken's comment about this applies: "We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart." That would be true tolerance.

Instead, we are systematically erasing all forms of personal expression, and naming that erasure "tolerance." But it is not tolerance, merely a pale and watery, blandly insipid, and completely anemic imitation thereof.

I am not offended by any person who chooses to wish me and mine a Merry Christmas, a Cool Yule, a happy Hanukkah, or whatever. I'm rather flattered and please to be invited into whatever celebration they celebrate this time of year. Of course, if someone asks me, "Habari gani?" I won't know the correct answer, but I doubt anyone would expect me to.

Nor am I offended by any store's corporate policy to suppress the word "Christmas" in their stores. They're the ones paying for the signs, after all.

I am, however, deeply bothered by the trend it represents, simply because I find the world far more interesting and decidedly less bland with the crunchy bits left in. I think, for instance, that instead of traipsing around a big box store with generic 'seasonal' signs that really look no different from the ad signs that are up the rest of the year, it would be a lot more pleasing to shop at a place with signs celebrating the Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Those signs, of course, would go up after the Ramadan & Thanksgiving signs, but before the 12th Night and Chinese New Year signs. Such a store's television ads, instead of carefully skirting any mention of specific holidays, would instead truly celebrate the differences between them.

There's no point in pretending Americans don't celebrate different things this time of year, or in pretending that we all celebrate some spiritless and generic "holiday season" when in fact there probably isn't a single person in all of America who celebrates "holiday" without putting a name to that holiday. (And an ironic aside: if the goal is to include everyone and offend no one, more than one store has already failed in that attempt, as there are many people who do not celebrate holidays at all and who find the very notion of a holiday quite offensive. But with half the year's sales coming from the holiday season, what else is a poor capitalist to do?)

But back to the more general case. Trying to erase any mention of specifics is, in the long run, really pointless ~ especially since a significant number of American families have members who celebrate more than one of the holidays, to varying degrees. And among those who celebrate only one, who knows? Maybe the increased exposure to other people's religious holidays might, you know, also increase both understanding and tolerance.

One can hope.

Merry Christmas, and a joyous New Year to your and yours...

pax

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukka' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukka!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'" -- Dave Barry

Flyboy
December 24, 2005, 09:21 PM
winter solstice
Hemispherist!



But seriously, Merry Christmas.

longeyes
December 24, 2005, 09:36 PM
Instead, we are systematically erasing all forms of personal expression, and naming that erasure "tolerance." But it is not tolerance, merely a pale and watery, blandly insipid, and completely anemic imitation thereof.

Perhaps we're merely preparing ourselves to be good and docile functionaries of the new socialist America where Equality trumps Liberty.

Standing Wolf
December 24, 2005, 09:52 PM
...we are systematically erasing all forms of personal expression, and naming that erasure "tolerance." But it is not tolerance, merely a pale and watery, blandly insipid, and completely anemic imitation thereof.


Yeah, but it's in keeping with directives from the Ministry of Truth.

Merry Christmas from an atheist!

longeyes
December 24, 2005, 09:55 PM
Words can hurt, haven't you heard that? It's "mean" to have too strong a position. I know, I've been told this, more than once. A reasoned, detailed argument is even worse. It's called "steamrollering." :evil:

Silver Bullet
December 24, 2005, 10:20 PM
I assume the politically correct folks are working on Christmas (or would be if it didn't fall on the weekend) and not taking time off from work on our holiday.

Art Eatman
December 24, 2005, 10:33 PM
This time of year, I'm busy feeling good and grinnin' and just generally in a good mood. Hey, it's Christmas time once again! Neat!

My interest in Political Correctness is never very high. This time of year, it's down between slim and none, and Slim left town...

The kid's over from Bavaria, along with his wife and her mother and aunt and the air is full of German. Tourguiding and BSing and just plain old good times. Full tummies. Dry didies. Must be time for a nap.

So, Merry Christmas! Enjoy the season! Enjoy whatever other sort of fun thing that lights your rockets!

The world is just really a neat old playground, and I'm busy playin'...

:), Art

Leonardo
December 24, 2005, 10:51 PM
Happy Festivus! :D

Molon Labe
December 25, 2005, 01:56 AM
I say "Merry Christmas," with no apologies. If someone is offended, they can kiss my ass.

proud2deviate
December 25, 2005, 03:22 AM
Why? Because It says "Christmas" on my calender. That's the name of the day. No big deal. If someone extends wishes of a pleasnat Hanukkah, Kwanza, or other going-on they consider to be important, I'll generally smile and say, "Likewise."

Beyond that, regardless of whether or not Christ was/is the son of god, I'd say he was/is a pretty remarkable individual to be recognised and cherished the world over two thousand years later. Even if Christ never existed, that'd be quite a feat for a specter. Setting aside one day to honor the guy doesn't seem to be too much to ask.

Not a damn thing there to be offended about.

Soybomb
December 25, 2005, 03:33 AM
I say "Merry Christmas," with no apologies. If someone is offended, they can kiss my ass.
I'm an atheist and I'll probably say merry christmas to you if you say it to me. While the holiday holds no meaning to me, I figure it does to the person that said it to me so why not because it clearly means something for them. No harm to me.

With all the stink over people saying merry christmas or happy holidays I do wonder how many christians would be offended by those of another faith offering them their holiday greetings. I hope they would equally receptive at least.

MAURICE
December 25, 2005, 07:42 AM
Happy late December to you all.
Also like "Generic Holiday Greeting!" Works for everything from Easter to Ramadan to labor day.

RealGun
December 25, 2005, 08:09 AM
Happy Consumer Day

carolinaman
December 25, 2005, 08:14 AM
Hi there,

Actually, I could care less about what people percieve to think is politically correct when it comes to the holidays.

I say "Merry Christmas" to many folks and some of them (friends and aquaintances) are from some of the most diverse cultures on this planet.

Chris

71Commander
December 25, 2005, 08:18 AM
I say "Merry Christmas," with no apologies. If someone is offended, they can kiss my ass.

That about sums it up for me.:)

KriegHund
December 25, 2005, 09:20 AM
Lol

Merry Christamas, kwanza, or whatever your (un)logical beliefs lead you to be merry about. :p

Turkey Creek
December 25, 2005, 04:45 PM
I say "Merry Christmas," with no apologies. If someone is offended, they can kiss my ass.

Molon Labe right on- I'll be your wing man anytime

Nematocyst
December 25, 2005, 05:22 PM
Hemispherist! :D

Happy Festivus! Ah, I can spot a Seinfeld fan a mile away.

Happy Consumer Day Which is one reason among several that I more or less lost interest in 'the holidays' a long time ago. Seems like something just got lost somewhere along the way, even if I respect those who still try to keep their traditions alive.

This agnostic wishes you a happy-merry-joyous whateveryoucall it. :o

{For me it was Happy Yule a few days ago.}

Nem

yy
December 25, 2005, 05:22 PM
look at the short post lengths... Glutony, torpidity, and hedonism must be taking their toll.


bwa ha h ah

Nematocyst
December 25, 2005, 06:13 PM
This is a statement about how my thinking has evolved since joining THR, including around "Christmas" themes, especially politically correct ones.

A friend sent me this (http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product|10001|10051|143730|-2;-102001;11441;-102271;-102054||P1R5SO|products) "Hallmark e-card" for Christmas. I just watched it.

As I was watching the birds & bunnies decorate the tree, I fully expected to see a group of hunters step out and start shooting, leaving blood & fur on the snow.

Am I becoming darkly twisted? Should I seek psychological counceling?

Wait, don't answer that... :uhoh:

Nem

TallPine
December 25, 2005, 06:36 PM
there are many people who do not celebrate holidays at all and who find the very notion of a holiday quite offensive
Yeah... they knock on my door from time to time, even once way out here in the sticks. ;)

Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ýr :)

EghtySx
December 25, 2005, 06:36 PM
Merry Christmas from Texas Ya'll

hoppinglark
December 25, 2005, 06:55 PM
it's okay can't say Merry Christmas, then just say
happy holidays, like I did...

DRZinn
December 26, 2005, 12:59 PM
Seems like these days "tolerance" means making it as easy as possible for others to tolerate you. Morons.

On a lighter note, here's an e-card from someone who hates Christmas music, and still loved this version: http://www.reuters.hu/card_dom/index_content.html

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