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Monday, December 27, 2004

Finally, A Holiday I Can't Screw Up

We have had several discussions about whether it is more correct to wish someone a Merry Christmas because it is the most obvious of the winter holidays, and by most obvious I mean screaming in your face obvious, and the one that you may, theoretically, celebrate, or to be safe, in deference to the rest of mankind, to offer a bland, non-denominational Happy Holidays.

Around here, there is not even a chance of hearing the generic holiday greeting. After all, as the twin Interstate billboards insist upon entering our area, "Welcome to Charlotte County. This is George W. Bush Country." Not that all Charlotte County residents are Bush voters, nor are all Bush voters necessarily Christian, no, but in Charlotte County it is assumed that everyone is just like them: White, Christian, Republican. You will get a Merry Christmas whether you like it or not. Respond with a Happy Holidays and you will have blasphemed.

Rather than proselytize, I usually just respond with a big, happy, "You, too."

Now, I am happy to wish you all, without offending anyone, "Happy New Year!"

Oh, wait, I forgot about Rosh Hashanah and Chinese New Year...

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