On Wednesday 21 December 2005 11:31, Don Munyak wrote:
> I don't know if the rest of the world has heard of all the crap and
> politically correct bullsh!t going on over here in the states, over
> simply saying Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays. It's a real shame.
> Anyway..to the developers and supporters of a really awesome product
> Merry Christmas and Thank You !!!
> I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday. Give your computers
> a rest and spend some quality time with your families.
> Also..Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and of course Happy Holidays :)
> ~ Don Munyak
Actually this is largely a myth. (There is a great piece by Hendrik
Herzberg in this week's New Yorker debunking it.) It turns out that
74% of the US population is christian (nominally or substantively) but
84% celebrate Christmas anyway. I am one of them; I am greek orthodox
for the rituals and the spirituality of it but I abhor the church and
Here in NYC things can be confusing, to say the least, even without a
transit strike. A jewish neighbor told me that he grew up with
Christmas trees at home every year. As for us, we have invited friends
to a Christmas Eve dinner - 50% christian, 50% other/agnostic/atheist,
What _is_ happening is a ban on religious symbolism in public spaces,
like schools. This can be a good thing when such symbolism is shoved
down people's throats. It can also be a problem because everything
becomes bland and counter-celebratory in order to achieve maximum
So Merry Christmas to all! Happy New Year!
(Oh, wait... whose New Year?)