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THE HOLIDAY SEASON


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On this page: We can't say “Merry Christmas”! :egap siht nO

Holiday Season
December is a month of cele brations by many peoples for many reasons. Below are some occasions you might have already celebrated, some you might want to celebrate, and some you might consider celebrating when they come again, and a few solemn ones lest we forget.
   Whichever you wish to celebrate this Holiday Season, I hope that you do so in peace and harmony and that your life in the coming year will be graced with even greater harmony and peacefulness.


 1 WORLD AIDS DAY
 2 PAN AMERICAN HEALTH DAY
10 United Nations' HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
12 National DING-A-LING DAY
14-21 HANUKKAH
15-28 HALCYON Days
15 BILL of RIGHTS DAY
17-18 SATURNALIA honoring Saturn/Zeus, father of gods
19 UNDERDOG DAY
20-28 HANUKKAH
21 SOLSTICE; GODY in Poland; CHAOMOS in Pakistan;
   SAINT THOMAS THE APOSTLE; SUN (Maya, Inca, many others)
21 HUMBUG DAY
22 International ARBOR DAY
  Ming Mar observed:
   Ironic, isn't it, that we celebrate International Arbor Day
   with a world-wide slaughter of millions of innocent trees.
24 Christmas Eve (date changed from ~late Winter, -4)
25 CHRISTMAS
Peace on Earth to Men of Good Will;
to Hell with the Rest!
25 GODS' BIRTHDAYS:
Yah'shua ben Yosef
(date chosen to conflict with Saturnalia and other gods' birthday celebrations).
Invincible Sun (Dies Natalis Invicti);
Mithras, the Sun god. Attis. Dionysus. Osiris.
26 BOXING DAY
26 National WHINER'S DAY
31 NEW YEAR's EVE
31 MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAY

INDEPENDENCE/BIRTHS of NATIONS:
1000 Kingdom of Hungary
1640 Portugal
1821 Dominican Republic
1917 Finland
1918 Iceland
1922 Union of Soviet Socialst Republics
1958 Niger
1958 Central African Republic
1958 Bourkina Fasso
1958 Niger
1960 Ivory Coast
1961 Tanganyika
1963 Zanzibar
1963 Kenya
1974 Maltese Republic
1951 Libya
1975 Lao People's Democratic Republic

BIRTHDAYS
   -4 Jesus of Nazareth
1503 Nostradamus
1642 Isaac Newton
1770 Ludwig von Beethoven
1821 Clara Barton
1832 Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel
1839 George Armstrong Custer
1861 Charles Edgar Duryea
1870 Helena Rubinstein
1876 Muhammad Ali Jinnah
1886 Diego Rivera
1901 Walter Elias Disney
1907 Cab Calloway
1908 Quentin Crisp
1915 Pete Rugolo
1912 Minoru Yamasaki
1915 William Randolph Hearst
1915 Frank Sinatra
1920 Dave Brubeck
1923 Maria Callas
1932 Little Richard

EVENTS
 336 Celebration of Christmas on December 25
1520 Martin Luther publicly burns papal edict demanding he recant
1534 Quito founded
1773 Boston Tea Party
1787 Delaware ratifies Constitution, becomes 1st US state
1790 Calendar stone found in Mexico City
1803 USA buys Lousiana
1865 Slavery abolished in USA
1869 Women granted right to vote
1871 “Aida” premiers
1912 Roald Amundsen reaches South pole
1932 Snow in San Francisco; frost in Hell
1941 Pearl Harbor attacked
1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights: UN General Assembly
1954 Joseph McCarthy censured by U.S. Senate
1955 Rosa parks keeps her seat

INVENTIONS
1621 Telescope by Galileo
1877 Phonograph by Thomas Edison
1903 Powered flight by Wright Brothers

CREATIONS
 794 Kyoto
1791 Bill of Rights
1793 Daily newspaper, Noah Webster
1818 “Silent Night”
1842 New York Philharmonic
1890 Ellis Island Immigration Station
1911 San Francisco Symphony
1913 Drive-up gasoline station: Pittsburgh
1922 Skywriting over the US: "Hello USA" by RAF Capt. Turner
1947 Everglades National Park, Harry S Truman
1966 Kwanzaa, M. Ron Karenga

A revise of my comments of December 21, 1998:
This revolting screed has made its annual appearance
We can't say “Merry Christmas” or call it a Christmas Tree; we have to say “Happy Holidays” and call it a Holiday Tree because it might offend someone if we refer to Christmas.
   If our customs and traditions offend you, GO HOME. I will help you pack. I AM A PROUD AMERICAN CITIZEN … MERRY CHRISTMAS. God IS Christmas and a part of my daily life.

You might be proud of to be a citizen of the USA but your offensive attitude makes me cringe in disgust because of your pitiful delusion that you're a good one! People like you are an embarrassment to decent cit­izens of any country.
   You seem to be blissfully ignorant of the reason others sailed on the May­flower to a new home. Let me tell you why they did: your unacceptable intol­erance! It First Amendmentis because peo­ple like you reveled in the lack of religious free­dom at the home they left. It is you who should “go home”* to a land where your kind of intol­erance is accept­able. It is not only un­Ameri­can but it is also counter to the teach­ings of any religion of which I know.
   Your god might be part of your daily life just as other peoples' gods might be part of their daily lives. You obvi­ously do not share good Americans' understanding that we are free to be with our gods only as long as others are free to be with, or without, theirs. I sug­gest you read the firs↑ phrase of ↑he The First Amendment to the Constitution of the USA.
   Oh, and you might consider going home; we don't need your kind in the United States of America.
*Countries where the USA's intolerant can “GO HOME” to a State Religion
Afghanistan – Algeria – Bahrain – Bangladesh – Bhutan – Brunei
Cambodia – Comoros – Costa Rica — Denmark – Egypt – England
Finland — Georgia – Greece — Indonesia (Aceh Province) — Ibadi
Iceland – Iran – Iraq — Jordan – Kalmykia (federated with Russia)
Kuwait — Libya – Liechtenstein – Malaysia — Maldives – Malta
Mauritania — Monaco – Morocco – Norway — Oman – Pakistan – Qatar
Saudi Arabia – Somalia – Switzerland (some cantons) — Tunisia – Tuvalu
United Arab Emirates — Yemen


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