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Friday, December 24, 2004

Twas the Day Before Christmas ...

... and all thru the house there is evidence of it. Most of the presents are wrapped and cookies have been baked (thx to my culinarily-inclined SO). Just realized that we don't have the gag gifts bought yet, but that'll be fun and easy to do.

At the Call Center, we've taken in very few orders, as nothing related to Xmas is still available or could be shipped in time for The Big Day. Our Memphis warehouse was closed Wednesday night -- so much snow that workers couldn't get in to work. So they were given the rest of the week off. After all, if it couldn't go out Wednesday or Thursday, was was the use for rushing? So Customer Service will be taking WISMO calls (Where IS My Order?!) - what fun.

Here and everywhere people have been complaining about retail employees and others wishing "Happy Holidays" as opposed to "Merry Christmas". Articles and letters have been written about it, radio talk show hosts have discussed and fielded calls about it. Geeesh. Can't Christians realize that there are plenty of Non-Christians around in December? I think that Jesus would have been happy to share December with everyone.

Just as how you greet people during December gets touchy, people are still a little touchy about the election. Bumper stickers are staying on cars (mine, for example). I may take a look at what businesses supported the Republicans and make my purchases accordingly. For fun shopping, take a look here.

Happy Holidays - whatever you might be celebrating, including my Atheist friends who celebrated Human Light Day on the 23rd.
(a side note, just as Unitarian Universalists maintain a "celebrity" list, so do Atheists.)


At 10:26 AM, Blogger actonbell said...

I just read an article in this morning's paper about the "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas" issue. Good grief! From my atheist point of view, the Christians who are concerned about the greeting issue are in denial about what the real problem is--I mean, look at the commercialism and greed surrounding what was meant to be an introspective/soul-searching time of forgiveness and peace on earth. The church has lost control to consumerism, and words won't change that.

Besides, to me, "happy holidays" simply means Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, combined.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger AP3 said...

Actually, I've known a few Jewish people who MILDLY object to "Happy Holidays" because 99% of people are really referring to Christmas, not Hanukkah -- which is a very minor Jewish holiday, of course. Their point is well taken. But MOST Jewish people I know appreciate the open, inclusive "Happy Holidays". There's Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, Kwanzaa... and of course, the pagan holidays that made everything else coincide with the equinox in the first place! As a UU, "Happy Holidays" seems like the only appropriate thing to say.

At 3:24 PM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

It's really just more, "She's touching me." and "He's looking at me." and "My turn to sit in the 'way back.'" Kid stuff.

I think we should include everyone, but so what if someone says, "Happy Holidays" to a Christian or "Merry Christmas" to a Jew. Can't we grow up and get over it?

At 5:51 PM, Blogger actonbell said...

A testy note on randomness: none of my comments on Aral's site, or the Grateful Heart's are appearing. *sigh* let's see if this one shows up...

At 7:05 PM, Blogger AP3 said...

Sometimes it just takes a while for the comments to show. I saw them, Lucinda. The other trick is, up in the browser, type "www" after "http://" and before the aralecho.blogspot.com -- sometimes that makes comments show. It's MES (Mysterious Electronic Sh*t).


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