Thursday, December 20, 2012

What Good Manners Demand

I do not know if on black Friday, the traditional American day of buying stuff to give away on Christmas day, do I say "Savvy Shopping" or "Grateful Giving"?

Once Thanksgiving is past and Advent not yet started, it is not a Holy day so should I not say Holi-day?

If I wish someone a happy Yuletide season am I suggesting they are traditional Germanic pagans or has the 12th century adoption of the twelve day yule festival by some English monks what I am recommending to them?

My Jewish friend, who happens to be in the construction trades, has a birthday on December 25th. Is it wrong to say "Happy Birthday" to him?

Another friend who has common protestant faith that has no equivalent of "Mass" like those of the Catholic do, yet she still attends to her church on Christmas Day to listen and learn. Should I wish her a "Happy Christ Sermon" instead?

On December 26th what is the proper greeting? "Happy Post-Christmas"? "Merry Pre-New Year"? "Oops I gave the wrong gift to Charity"?

I do know that I wish peace and goodwill to all. Patience, forgiveness, and tolerance will help strangers, family and friends more than cookies, gift wrap and standing in lines at a store.

Whatever good manners demand, let me just say that I wish you all the thing that you want to have, the way you want to have it. I hope that you give what you ought and get what you deserve.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Savvy Shopping, and a Grateful Giving season to ALL!

I am all that -  What good manners demand - Matter Drifts - Santa's Claws - Past As Now

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