[Techtalk] Re: [Issues] Merry Christmas!

Charlotte Oliver aeris at nevvers.net
Mon Dec 22 13:16:12 EST 2003

Hi Folks --

Please continue this thread on grrltalk at linuxchix.org, which is the
appropriate mailing list for non-technical chatter.


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On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 10:09:09AM -0700, Andrea Landaker wrote:
> > At the risk of being a Bah Humbug,
> > Why is it that some people assume we all want to be wished a Merry
> > Christmas? We're not all Christian here (pagan, personally). I appreciate
> > you wanting to pass on some holiday cheer, but please be inclusive rather
> > than exclusive. There are many many holiday traditions that surround
> > December 21st and the solstice. A simple "Happy Holidays" covers them
> > all.
> But . . . "Happy Holidays" sounds so bland, like a commercial on TV or a piece 
> of candy with all the sugar sucked out of it.  I'd much rather someone wished 
> me a Happy Hannukah, or a Happy Winter Solstice, or Happy Ramadan (though 
> that was a while ago), or almost anything else, rather than "Happy Holidays", 
> even though I don't celebrate those holidays.  Then I know that their 
> well-wishing actually means something that's related to what's going on in 
> their life.
> I think it's a lot more meaningful and personal to reference the holidays you 
> yourself celebrate -- then you're usually spreading the cheer that you really 
> feel inside, and not saying what you're supposed to say to be "inclusive".  I 
> don't think anybody's assuming that everybody here is a Christian -- just 
> sharing the cheer and joy that they are experiencing.  
> > And a Merry Yuletide to you ;)
> A Merry Yuletide to you!  I don't personally celebrate it, but I'm happy to 
> share in your joy about a holiday you enjoy.
> A Merry Christmas to all those who would like to share in my joy (and to 
> everyone else, Happy Holidays).  :-)
> -- 
> Andrea Landaker
> http://www.icecavern.net/~qirien/
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