--And I mean it. Geez, c'mon, people, how hard is it to take statements at face value? I don't know what holiday it is you -- in your wonderful special specialness -- happen to celebrate late in December (and I can't stop and ask each and every one of you what it might be), but I'd like for it to be a happy one for you.
Merry Christmas (and around here, odds are good that's your holiday -- not 100%, but it's likely), and I mean that, too, even if you're actually gonna go home, put a great big log on the fire, wear a holly wreath, dye yourself blue with woad and celebrate Yule. Or cut the head off a chicken or whatever. Enjoy the season, have a nice holiday; that's what I mean to be saying.
Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Winter Solstice, Happy Kwanzaa -- whatever your holiday(s), here's appropriate wishes and no snide subtext about it.
...And by the way, that "X" in "Xmas?" Not an X, kids, it's a Greek letter chi, as in the first letter of "Christ," and it goes back centuries, possibly even older than the emperor Constantine, with a long and respectable history* in religious texts. They're not Xing out anything.
Hey, let's us just have a nice holiday and express the hope that our fellow-humans can and will do the same, and not be nasty little weasels about it -- look the other person in the eye and wish 'em well. It's just the one month; you've got the other eleven in which to be all paranoid and butt-hurt.
* Yeah, Snopes -- but this entry cites a source, a book from 1975, which you are advised to go look at.
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