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In Defense of Christmas and Christians 

Editor:

Responding to a submission bemoaning Merry Christmas salutations rather than Happy Holidays: I have no problem with sending seasonal cards out with Happy Holidays instead of Christmas greetings to folks of other faiths that don't celebrate the religious part of Christmas (Mailbox, Dec. 31). The letter writer should consider that her response to the "Merry Christmas" by the store clerk was an obvious, and probably unwelcome, virtue signaling. A simple "and Happy Holidays to you" in response would have avoided the passive aggressive suggestion the well intentioned Christmas greeting by the clerk was actually a statement about her non inclusiveness, and an insult to anyone of a different faith, especially her Jewish friend. 

I know many Christians, but none that would exclude any other faith, regardless, of joining in Christmas celebrations. I did encounter non inclusivity by wishing a Black acquaintance a "Happy Kwanzaa" and being told not unkindly, but firmly, "that is a holiday for Black folks." I have since been told the opposite by closer (Black) friends. Same with the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, Eid al Fitr. Some Muslims welcome non Muslims greeting and sharing in their joy, some definitely do not.

Being the most uncool of all racial categorizations, white, extra demerits for chronologically challenged, and male, feel free to doubt the veracity of my observation that Christians are far from being the only ones capable of exclusivity. I don't have the "Jewish friend" to virtue signal a well intentioned salutation into a statement about the clerk's inclusiveness or lack thereof. Would my Jewish wife of a couple decades, who loves Christmas ornaments and decorations more than I do, count?

John Dillon, Eureka

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