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Jim Huggins
December 19th, 2007
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Seasonal musings
Today was a good day.  In large part because I stayed home from work and spent the whole day annihilating the pile of three-month old mail on my desk.  It ain't all done yet, but it's much closer than it was.

The last week or two has been filled with work-related holiday parties, all very nice.  But I've been very conscious of the  "what do you say to someone to wish them well during the month" awkwardness.  I'm somewhat caught between two worlds here.  As an evangelical Christian, I want to wish people a Merry Christmas.  But I also know that's not appropriate in many settings, especially if the recipient of those greetings doesn't observe the holiday.  But then those inside the Christian community tend to throw a snit in response to people who won't wish them a Merry Christmas.

The alternatives aren't as palatable.  "Seasons Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" just seems ... so stilted, really.  It doesn't roll off the lips easily.  (Though I do recall that "Happy Holidays" was an Irving Berlin song, so I guess that has potential.)

But today as I was thinking about this, I realized that "Happy New Year" works very well.  As far as I know, there really isn't anyone opposed to celebrating the new year.  So it's a nice, universal, safe way to wish someone well.

So ... Happy New Year, y'all.

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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Date:December 20th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
Merry Christmahanakwanzidonivus.

The politically correct season's greeting.

I'm planning t-shirts.
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Date:December 20th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
My best friend in middle school (which seems to be when the politically correct mess became evident to me) was Jewish. She said most of them didn't mind that Christmas was everywhere...it was more that Hanukkah was nowhere at all. But we'd wish each other and each other's families Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah all the time.

On the other hand, my boss is one of those people who wishes we'd just let Christmas be what she thinks it is without bringing religion into it. (She is an atheist.)

Anyway, Merry Christmas.
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Date:December 20th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Fer cryin' out loud ... I mean, the man's name is only embedded in the name of the holiday and all ...

(But I suspect that's the least of her issues ...)
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Date:December 20th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Stuff like that really does kind of make it tough.
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Date:December 20th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
What about "Happy Christmas"? People use it all the time in England, and it drives me up the wall... not happy. Merry.

I seem to remember the note to my multi-cultural house said something along the lines of "have a good Christma-hanuk-kwanza-don-[insert winter holiday of your choice here] and a good new year."
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Date:December 20th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
It's just that those sorts of phrases almost-but-not-really work in print, but have absolutely no chance of working in conversation. I really can't say "Christma-hanuk-kwanza-don-festivus" ... I can't even remember the silly thing.

I don't mind being PC ... but if you substitute words, they've got to have a rhythm to them, too. (I'm turning into a word snob in my middle-age ...)
Date:December 21st, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Happy Festivus.

We've had the airing of the grievances, now I'm off for feats of strength.


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