As well as all our friends living in or from; Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Greenland, Guyana, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Finland, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Xmas is actually not completely wrong, as it was used in early Christianity as a proper spelling using, I think, Roman symbols...
Here's a "proper", Politically Correct, Seasonal Greeting;
To whom it may be addressed to:
"Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, no addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion 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.
We also wish you 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 preference of the wishee.
By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wishers to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wishers. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wishers.
Disclaimer: no trees were harmed in the sending of this message however, a significant number of electrons were slightly inconvenienced."
Screw the PC stuff. When I wish a Merry Christmas I expect that non-Christians will accept the greeting with the spirit in which it is given, one of hope, peace and love ... not the commercial, stressful, rushed, secular event that the holiday has become for all too many.
So Merry Christmas ... and ... what is Santa Claus bringing you?