Thank you for the invitation to wish everyone a merry Christmas.  I accept: May everyone have a very merry Christmas!
 
I acknowledge that not everyone reading these words is a Christian or even believes in God.  Still, I hope that all, Christian or not, believing or not, will accept the goodwill behind the wish.  While I hope everyone has an enjoyable time December 25th, whether the day is spent celebrating Christ's birth or not, that's only the smallest part of the wish of a merry Christmas.  At bottom, "Merry Christmas" is merely shorthand for the original Christmas wish offered by the angels more than 2,000 years ago: Peace on earth, goodwill towards men! It is in that sense that I wish all of us a very merry Christmas.

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