Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Picked up a couple of items at Williams & Sonoma and while I was wandering, The Boy discovered the fabulous hot apple cider, shaved hot chocolate, and the Peppermint Bark candy samples. I was considering a short course on the sins of gluttony but nobody seemed to mind, so I let it go.
Later at the register.....
Store Employee: ....thank you, and you just have a very, Merry, er, ah...voice trails off
TWC (wagging index finger): uh-uh, you're not EVEN allowed to say that
Store Employee (muttering, slightly flushed cheeks and small, yet goofy smile): Oh heck, I don't care. Merry Christmas!
ABOUT OUR HOLIDAY GREETING TO YOU
As the risks of becoming a victim of the legal system approach a one in four chance, the WC thought it prudent to submit our annual Christmas letter to our semi-official Wine Commonsewer attorneys over at Dewey, Screwem, & Howe, LLP for review and comment this year.
Along with a fat bill, the following revision was returned to me with an emphatic recommendation to not deviate from this text. So, Gentle Readers, here you are:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all...and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2006, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only "America" in the Western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual orientation of the wishee.
This wish is limited to the customary and usual good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first. "Holiday" is not intended to, nor shall it be considered, limited to the usual Judeo-Christian celebrations or observances, or to such activities of any organized or ad hoc religious community, group, individual or belief (or lack thereof).
Note: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all. This greeting is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. This greeting implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for the wishee her/himself or others, or responsibility for the consequences which may arise from the implementation or non-implementation of same. This greeting is void where prohibited by law.
tip of the glass to Comic Relief (pretty sure this idea originated with them), and a couple of dozen Gentle Readers who emailed me various versions over the years, including the most recent incarnation from Husbone.