Have a Merry

If you are celebrating Christmas today, Merry Christmas.

If you are celebrating Chanukah, Happy Chanukah.

If you are a secular soul celebrating some time off work, Happy Holidays!

If you are one of those culture warriors hysterical because everyone isn’t using the language you have prescribed–the language that you believe acknowledges the superiority and “true Americanism” of your particular faith– bah humbug to you!

I’m not a Christian, but I have great respect for the many Christians I know who spend their time (all year–not just in December) trying to model Jesus’ teachings about love and compassion, modesty and charity. As you might suspect, I have little or no respect for the “stiff-necked,” ostentatiously pious folks who brandish the label as a weapon in their fanciful “war on Christmas.”

I admire and value those good people who are Christian in the true sense of that word–those of you who look to your theology for guidance on how to live a meaningful and moral life. I hope your Christmas day is filled with love, family,  friendship and cheer.

Something tells me that those in the “stiff-necked” category–those who believe their religion is a badge of superiority entitling them to denigrate and discriminate against those they view as “lesser”– will ultimately find the equivalent of coal in their stockings.(I’ve noticed that they all seem to be unhappy–and unpleasant–people.)

Happy Holidays, everyone. Have a great day.


  1. Enjoy your wonderful extended family, Sheila, come back refreshed and with renewed fighting spirit to protect them. We all need a break from the “stiff-necked” and the tyrannical incoming administration. Hopefully, in this country, those who practice the many forms of accepted religions and those who espouse none will be able to do so in peace. We live to fight another day…or four years.

    Happy Holidays to my blog family and friends,


  2. This is indeed a wonderful season of holidays… all kinds of holidays and their unique celebrations. This is the time of the year when less is not more. More is more.

    Wishing Sheila and all those on this blog a special time of peace and joy.

  3. Happy Holidays from Basel to these blog family and friends!
    I’ve decided to move back to the states. We’re asking our tenants to leave our home in AZ and I’m coming home. I’ve realized that staying here is a cop out and I want to assist the fight of the orange one, in person. I’m going to join the political movement/revolution state side. Happy New Year.
    Aging Little Girl

  4. Happy Holidays to you Sheila and to all on this blog!

    Aginglgrl – Wishing you a safe and smooth move back home. Keep us updated.

  5. Good Cheer to Sheila and all of you. Aging Girl, welcome home. Stop by Indianapolis on your way to AZ. and I’ll give you a welcome home hug. Just ask for Irvin. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Again, Happy Holidays to all. Irvin BAA

  6. For those who are in good conscience religious and those who are not and those who cannot be bothered to choose – Happy Holidays!

  7. Thank you, Sheila, for all your efforts on behalf of those under-represented in the leadership of our state. Thank you, Sheila, for your many words of wisdom and inspiration. Thank you, Sheila, for persevering when many of us would have given up. Thank you for caring.

  8. Happy Holidays, Sheila, and all contributors to this blog. I truly look forward to this each day and have shared many. May we all have a peace-filled New Year.

  9. Thank you Prof Kennedy for your many words of wisdom. I wish you and your family happy holidays. This blog is my safe space in this on going madness. To all on this blog, thanks for your wonderful contributions and great insight. I keep leaning from you all. Happy holidays.

  10. Greetings to all again. These wonderful and kind words from all of you to the rest of us have brightened my day. Irvin

  11. Seasons greetings and happy holidays to you and your family Sheila!! Thanks for all that you did in trying to keep us all sane through your wonderful commentaries all throughout this year!

    Seasons greetings and happy holidays to all of you that grace us all with your comments and insights as well!! God bless you all!!!!

  12. Seasons Greetings to all. And Shelia, thank you for so eloquently saying what I too believe. As a deist living in small town Indiana I need to know that there are others out there that are not locked into the ” stiff necked” dogma of their belief systems. Thanks again and happy holidays to all.

  13. Happy holidays and a Good New Year from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Sheila and everyone who by reading and writing contributes to her wonderful blog!

  14. Seasons Greatings to All, we are still in this world together, and to continuing to make it a better, safety, healthier, verdant, and prosperous world for all is our gods goal for all of us, in the New Year I will try a little herder to make that possible in my work and deeds.
    Happy Holidays All change must starts with me

  15. Professor, the things you and all of the bog followers share with us are the most precious gifts of all.

    To all who are so generous with knowledge and experience, thank you for your gifts as well.

    Peace and good will to all the world. They are gifts that are often wished for but have seldom been achieved. Maybe this will be the year. Hope is still alive.

  16. Happy Christmas to all the participants in this forum who daily give me hope that all is not lost. I am thankful for your insights and sometimes brilliant perspectives. And thank you Sheila for being the engine that drives this machine.

  17. Irvin and Fran – thank you. This blog has helped me realize that we are all fighting the same cause. It has to be done in person! Everyone should consider this week, where they can assist. Happy New Year!

  18. Happy Holidays from Dublin.
    May 2017 be your best year of your life.
    Friedrich Nietzsche was right:
    “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”

  19. Wishing great joy and peace to each one here. Thank you Sheila. C’mon home, ALG. We can do this together!

  20. Religion comes from the Latin word Relegare’ meaning to bind , or hold back. – The mind , that is.
    _ what’s yer point ? ? ?

  21. I’m giving thanks for many gifts this Christmas day, including you Sheila and your gift for educating us all. Your light enlightens others, and we pass it on to still more who love to read this blog because we feel we become smarter and more concerned for our nation and world and each other every day with your help. Thank you for being a holiday gift to us every day of the year.

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