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Sat Dec 24, 2016, 10:52 AM Dec 2016

Happy Holidays! Yeah, I said it.

Happy Holidays everyone. No matter what you believe I wish you all a time of good cheer, love, family, friendship and joy. This should be a season of hope and wonder, of helping others and lifting spirits, of selflessness and giving, of possibilities and new beginnings.

To my Christian friends, this is the holiday which marks the birth of a savior. A being who brings light and love to the world. His birth brought about the possibility of redemption from sin and a new way to look upon your fellow man. The birth of Christ represents faith, hope and love. I wish you all a season filled with these wonderful things.

To my Pagan friends, happy Yule, Winter Solstice or Saturnalia. This time of year represents the end of a season of darkness and the return of life giving light. It is a time marked with reflection upon the year gone by and the hopes of the year yet to come. Many of the traditions celebrated by Pagans are carried on today in the form of Christmas trees, holly, candles and feasts. I wish you all a season filled with new possibilities, light and hope.

To my Jewish friends, Hanukkah is a holiday of light, hope and miracle, a time to join together with family and friends and enjoy food, games, music and prayer. It is a time to show light, not for those inside your homes, but to those outside. I wish you all a season of miracles, light, good food. I hope you win all the gelt in the pot with your superior dreidel skills and that your oil lasts for 8 days and nights.

To my non-religious friends, this is a time to join together and celebrate life and the individual ability to choose to be a better person. We have the added benefit of being free to pick and choose from other traditions those things which we enjoy most and those which allow us to experience the best that the entire human experience has to offer. Not being bound to a dogma or denomination gives us the freedom to enjoy any of them or none at all. I wish you all a season of happiness and freedom to seek your own path of goodwill towards people and yourselves.

To my Festivus friends, may your aluminum pole be straight, your grievances be aired and your father pinned.

There are over a dozen different celebrations in December. Christian, Pagan, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Zoroastrian, African American, Humanist, Seinfeldian, and of course, capitalism. So when I wish you happy holidays, I am not being disrespectful to any one belief, I am being inclusive to all the wonderful and varied people in my life who enjoy one (or several) traditions.

To all my friends and family, know this; I love each and every one of you regardless of who you are or which path you choose to take. My life is changed by knowing you. I strive to be a better person and treat others with compassion, kindness, and respect and I am self aware enough to know I often fail at this goal. My hope is that each of you, and I, can recognize the innate goodness that exists in every individual and, regardless of which faith or belief system we choose, we will strive to treat each other a little better, a little kinder, and a little more like companions in this journey and less like enemies.

Happy holidays to all of you; family, friends, faithful and faithless. I wish you good tidings and great joy for the end of this year and the new year to come.

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Happy Holidays! Yeah, I said it. (Original Post) Mortos Dec 2016 OP
"All Holidays Matter" handmade34 Dec 2016 #1
That's a great one, handmade34! calimary Dec 2016 #28
Happy Holy Days. elehhhhna Dec 2016 #29
The same to you, Mortos. Thanks for a lovely post! nt babylonsister Dec 2016 #2
Don't worry about those Christian SNOWFLAKES! Buckeye_Democrat Dec 2016 #3
SHAMEFUL! There are millions of Christan Democrats. And "Snowflakes"? Seriously? SHAME! RBInMaine Dec 2016 #4
I was mocking them with their own language. Buckeye_Democrat Dec 2016 #7
C'mon, you loveable curmudgeon you. Let your love light shine. nolabear Dec 2016 #17
Aww... Buckeye_Democrat Dec 2016 #19
I'm sorry you're alone. But only physically. nolabear Dec 2016 #37
I wrote too soon! Buckeye_Democrat Dec 2016 #39
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Best Wishes to ALL regardless of partidular beliefs! :-) RBInMaine Dec 2016 #5
Merry Christmas!! philosslayer Dec 2016 #6
Happy Holidays to you! Wounded Bear Dec 2016 #8
Thanks for your very thoughtful wishes for **all** of us. FailureToCommunicate Dec 2016 #9
This! Buckeye_Democrat Dec 2016 #10
Merry Xmas! Cryptoad Dec 2016 #11
That must be tRumps house :) sheshe2 Dec 2016 #14
Thank you, Mortos. May the returning light warm and guide us all. n/t sarge43 Dec 2016 #12
Nicely said LostinRed Dec 2016 #13
To you and yours as well, Mortos. sheshe2 Dec 2016 #15
ˇFeliz Vanidad! Xipe Totec Dec 2016 #16
May we all share the light in the coming days. Merry Everything, all y'all! nolabear Dec 2016 #18
"Happy holidays?" What kind of commie are you?? Vinca Dec 2016 #20
Wonderful OP Mortos, & Happy Holidays to all as well! dae Dec 2016 #21
Yes. LWolf Dec 2016 #22
Seasons Greetings to you and yours! MrScorpio Dec 2016 #23
Why do you hate America so much? KamaAina Dec 2016 #24
I don't, I just love Americans more Mortos Dec 2016 #25
If someone wishes you . . . Tactical Peek Dec 2016 #26
I may steal that awoke_in_2003 Dec 2016 #30
You may. Tactical Peek Dec 2016 #32
May your yuletide be happy and bright. Historic NY Dec 2016 #27
Do you think anyone awoke_in_2003 Dec 2016 #31
No, silly. He was a robot. Buckeye_Democrat Dec 2016 #34
Now that was strange. awoke_in_2003 Dec 2016 #35
HBO did a drawn-out remake of Westworld recently, as a series. Buckeye_Democrat Dec 2016 #36
Weird Christmas Westworld story. nolabear Dec 2016 #38
LOL! Buckeye_Democrat Dec 2016 #40
At this point I don't trust anybody to be human except the Asian tech. nolabear Dec 2016 #41
I liked Maeve too. Buckeye_Democrat Dec 2016 #45
No maybe Euell Gibbons... Historic NY Dec 2016 #42
I'd forgot about him awoke_in_2003 Dec 2016 #43
Happy Holidays to you! True_Blue Dec 2016 #33
Nice post malaise Dec 2016 #44


(82,581 posts)
28. That's a great one, handmade34!
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 03:40 PM
Dec 2016

We still say that, too. Seems the most inclusive way to go. This season is NOT about leaving anybody out.


(14,908 posts)
3. Don't worry about those Christian SNOWFLAKES!
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:27 AM
Dec 2016

Let those pantywaists retreat to their Christmas tree safe spaces!


(14,908 posts)
7. I was mocking them with their own language.
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:39 AM
Dec 2016

And by "them," I mean anyone who thinks there's a "war on Christmas." Are there people here who believe that?! Do YOU?!


(42,227 posts)
17. C'mon, you loveable curmudgeon you. Let your love light shine.
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 01:40 PM
Dec 2016

Don't harsh the thread. 🎄❄️🕊🌟🍾🎊☮️🕎🎉🎁


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39. I wrote too soon!
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 07:45 PM
Dec 2016

My siblings are married and typically celebrate Christmas with their immediate families, but my brother invited me to his place tomorrow.

I plan to be like "Drunk Uncle" from Saturday Night Live tomorrow.


Thanks for your comments!

Wounded Bear

(59,327 posts)
8. Happy Holidays to you!
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:40 AM
Dec 2016

And no apologies to anyone for the sentiment. I refuse to apologize for wishing people well.


(14,908 posts)
36. HBO did a drawn-out remake of Westworld recently, as a series.
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 07:07 PM
Dec 2016

They changed the basic story a lot.

I saw the movie as a kid in the 70's. It was kind of a predecessor of "The Terminator" with Yul Brynner playing the role of a relentless predator-robot.


(42,227 posts)
38. Weird Christmas Westworld story.
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 07:44 PM
Dec 2016

When I was a terribly poor young thing living in New Orleans my man and I were out walking on Christmas Eve and passed the Saenger Theater, where Westworld was playing. We had our big old Doberman Pinscher (utter pussycat of course) with us. The theater had a doorman and as we walked by he wished us Merry Christmas and asked if we'd like to sneak in and see the movie. He said we could take the dog if we sat in the mostly empty balcony. We'd have gotten away with it too if our dog hadn't taken an instant dislike to Yul Brenner. Every damned time he appeared on the screen Schon sat up and growled like the Huns were coming over the hill. We eventually had to leave. It was years before I knew how that movie turned out! (I like the series a lot btw)


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40. LOL!
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 07:58 PM
Dec 2016

Your dog probably probably noticed Yul's weird looking eyes! All of my past dogs paid close attention to eyes, such as where they pointed.

I liked the HBO series too. Some of the plot seemed confusing to me, however, such as the maze. And how did the photo of William's fiance end up so far from where he dropped it years earlier?

I was also disappointed that William turned out to be such a jerk. I was hoping that he was only recently cruel to Delores in order to snap her out of her loop, like what seemed to happen to Maeve during a previous "knife experiment."

He could've acted overjoyed that Delores remembered him... only to have her reject him for being mean! Then he'd cry about the irony of it. "Noooo! I only did it because I wanted you back!" LOL. I guess that would've been a little cliche, but the show was still pretty predictable to me in many ways. EDIT: Or Delores could've been like, "Ewww! You're old and wrinkly now!"


(42,227 posts)
41. At this point I don't trust anybody to be human except the Asian tech.
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:56 PM
Dec 2016

I must say Maeve has turned out to be pretty awesome. I don't know what to make of Dolores yet.


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45. I liked Maeve too.
Sun Dec 25, 2016, 09:28 AM
Dec 2016

The next season should answer some questions about her, such as how much of her recent behavior was programmed.

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