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#268623 - 12/25/08 03:51 AM A different holiday greeting
behindthewall Offline

Registered: 07/28/08
Posts: 126
Loc: US
Sent to me by a friend...this what the worlds comin to?

Wanted to send out some sort of holiday greeting to my friends, 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 I wish to say the following:

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 religious persuasion 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 2009, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice o f other cultures
whose contributions to society have helped make America great (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is 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 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.


No trees were harmed in the sending of this message and no animals were eaten or killed for their fur or hides in
sending this message, however, a significant number of electrons were slightly inconvenienced, which may cause an increase in global warming. Blame Al Gore for it. He claims he invented the internet.

Ya'll have a Merry Christmas if u celebrate it and if not, have a great day.


#268638 - 12/25/08 07:12 AM Re: A different holiday greeting [Re: behindthewall]
Trucker51 Offline

Registered: 05/21/08
Posts: 2826
Loc: Denver, CO
Have a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year, eh???

(I heard this once in Canada late one night).

See you next year,


"We stay here, we die here. We've got to keep moving". Trucker Mark

#268895 - 12/27/08 01:19 PM Re: A different holiday greeting [Re: Trucker51]
Danbuff Offline

Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 249
Loc: NY state
Hi Mark,
I stopped worrying about offending others on my wishes. I only say Happy Holidays in a professional setting as expected by my employer...when working. I realize your post is humor and stems from our overly politically correct society and perhaps many other reasons. However...

I myself celebrate Christmas even if I don't really celebrate because it is such a hard time for me. However, I am among that segment who accepts it to mean it is in honor of the birth of the Christ child.

I don't intend to offend those who do not share my view of it but, I declare my own greeting of Merry Christmas and well wishes based on my values and not theirs with no intent to offend. It is meant as a sincere wish and comes from courtesy and tradition. That is about the only tradition I am OK with at Christmas. I make no apologies and no longer feel a need to worry if someone does not like it. There is no malice intended nor disrespect. If someone wishes me Happy Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then that is a welcoming gesture for me. For those who don't believe or celebrate anything, that is their right.

I won't even attempt a response to someone who might want to make a point differing from mine. The reason is these are my feelings and views with no intent to hurt or offend and just my values and beliefs. I don't feel it needs to be defended anymore. I am who who I am.

Thanks for the post, it reminds me how much the world has tilted toward the position of hiding our celebrations, identities and feelings so as not to offend others when it was never intended in the first place. We are all entitled.

Happy New Year to all,

When you stumble, make it part of the dance.


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