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Letter - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

To the editor:

What, in Heaven's name, is causing all the unhappiness? Are we happiest when we are angry? I know that I get a kick out of poking the tender spots of others. Dec. 25, however, deserves respect. Let me make a suggestion. Say what you like! If I'm near, I'll probably respond in kind. I'll bet that neither of us gets arrested.

In most Christian churches, the birth of Christ is celebrated over a number of weeks. We worshiped this past Sunday as the third Sunday in Advent. "Holy Days" seems an apt description, as well as being a better fit for the 12 days of Christmas.

The gifts in that song/carol always seemed odd to me. Wasn't a kid with a drum in there with pipers piping? The Internet says I'm wrong. There were 12 drummers drumming. I think Mary might have stopped that pretty quick. There were five golden rings. In addition, one of the Magi brought gold. My wife assures me that gold's a good gift. Frankincense as an odor cover-up makes sense for a stable. Neither Judy nor I are gung-ho about Myrrh.

You must give credit to Wal-mart, Kmart and PetSmart, for Santa Claus, Rudolph and Frosty began their visits right after Halloween! Strangely enough, these and other stores almost never mention Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, Boxing Day, St. Lucia Day or Ramadan. Aren't they celebrated by spending money we don't have on gifts we don't need? That's got to change - else we might need to return to "Merry Xmas."

Bah! Humbug! Maybe things will get better on New Year's Eve. Merry Christmas to you, and Happy Holidays to everyone else.

Milt Longbottom

Conyers