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Posted by samm [1003.7683] on December 08, 2011 at 09:45:25:

I came across this letter to the editor (below) that I thought was interesting. It doesn't point out that it's kind of silly to wish someone a "Merry Christmas" on November 25th (Black Friday this year) , which is when most stores start whatever their version of wishing shoppers well. If one is going to wish a Merry Christmas, sometime close to Dec 25th seems a good choice.
Since the BB will be gone before Hanukkah or Christmas, Happy Holidays, y'all.

December 7, 2011 - 03:39pm
'Holiday' is holy

I write in defense of the greeting “Happy Holidays.” Holiday is a fine word derived from old English (haligdćg) meaning “holy day.”

A holy day is set apart for a special purpose. “Holiday Season” is certainly an apt description of the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Broaden the period to begin Nov. 1 and this year the holidays include:

All Saint’s Day, All Soul’s Day, Karwa Chauth, Eid-al-Adha, Veterans Day, Dhan Teras, Diwali, Thanksgiving Day, Advent, Kartik Poornima, Loi Krathong, Muharram, Pearl Harbor Day, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Christmas is an old holiday, having been widely observed since 300 A.D.

Dec. 25 was chosen by Bishop Libeirus of Rome in 354 A.D. (Christ’s actual birth date is unknown). Hanukkah is older, dating back to 164 B.C. Very likely, Jesus grew up celebrating Hanukkah.

Older than either Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice has been a holiday since before the Bronze Age.

It’s fashionable to denounce “Happy Holidays” as if it were the lowest expression of anti-American or anti-Christian sentiment. To the contrary, “Happy Holidays” is a kindly acknowledgment of the entire holiday season--not just a single holiday.

It’s in keeping with our country’s belief in the free exercise of religion, and it’s every bit as consistent with Christian principles as Christmas.

After all, the Bible never mentions Christmas.

Lisa Thomas



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