[Histonet] Happy or Merry Christmas.

Smith, Allen asmith <@t> mail.barry.edu
Mon Dec 26 09:26:10 CST 2005

"Happy Holidays," is simply an attempt to be inclusive.  To strangers, I
say, "Happy Holidays."  To those I know are Christian, or to strangers who
wish me a Merry Christmas, I say, "Merry Christmas."  To Jewish friends, I
say, "Happy Hanukkah."  I also ask my Muslim teaching assistant when Ramadan
starts so that I know when to say, "Ramadan Mobarak!" to my Muslim students.
For my Baha'i friends, I wait until the 21st of March to wish them a happy

Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy
Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences
    Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Miami Shores, Florida  33161

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Strange isn't it?  The message was, as far as I recall, "Peace on earth, 
goodwill toward men"  What a pity some can't show it!  Snide remarks because

someone expresses a wish for happiness within some other tradition than 
Christmas?  That is nonsense, and completely unchristian.  Good wishes 
should be accepted for what they are - a spiritual wish or blessing.  As a 
committed atheist I accept them as such, so thank you all.

Happy Holidays - Christmas, Yule, Saturnalia, Solstice, Hanukkah and a 
myriad of other midwinter celebrations ancient and modern.

Bryan Llewellyn

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