Many of us are dismayed with the "war on Christmas" (read: war on Christ - check out the first six letters of CHRISTmas...) that ramps up more and more each year. I read on a blog some time ago (I should have taken note of the blog so that I could give due credit, but alas...) a post along this line. I thought I'd put it out there for your enjoyment.
Please accept with no obligation - implied or implicit, on behalf of the wisher or wishee - my best wishes for an environmentally-conscious, socially-responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice, 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 Gregorian calendar year, 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 or is the only America in the Western Hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, political affiliation, religious faith, or choice of computer operating system of the wisher or the wishee.
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Happy special time of year!
The following was a comment on that blog that I found good enough to save with that blog post....
Comment: My favorite politically correct contortion to avoid using the word "Christ" at any cost is the local government that gives Dec 25th off as the "December 25th holiday". One year they sent out a memo that said since Dec 25 falls on a Saturday this year, the "December 25th holiday" will be taken on December 24! Ooops! How did that derivative of "holy" get in there?
This is politically INcorrect Rob who thinks that the above is so ludicrous that it's actually funny. Since this is *my* blog, I'd like to wish you a joyous, Christ-exalting Christmas and God's best blessings in the New Year!
If you're still with me, I want to share a link that's related to the war on Christmas - it's called Merry TOSSmas.
I've enjoyed working with the gang back at IT Help Desk on campus this week. As I've gone from office to office on campus, I've seen many people I haven't seen in quite a while, and I've been regaled with wellness-counter-productive goodies, songs, and general merriment. Some of the funniest things I've heard were related to some recent events on campus - mainly the pertussis (whooping cough) blip and the faculty/staff men now being permitted to sport beards. There are some pretty scruffy-looking characters out there right now! One person suggested the school be renamed Bob Jones University and Rescue Mission. One friend greeted me with the season's greetings of "Merry Pertussis, and a Happy New Beard!" It's definitely been a fun week to work! But I'm really looking forward to some time off now.
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:14
DISCLAIMER: No trees were harmed in the posting of these greetings, however, a significant number of electrons were inconvenienced.