Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Happy Holidays
No matter what you believe, this time of year is packed with celebrations - both religious and secular. To me, saying "Happy Holidays" is a way to wish everyone joy and happiness in whatever they celebrate. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and/or New Years - "Happy Holidays" is a greeting of inclusion, not exclusion.

For all of you who celebrated Christmas today, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and were able to spend it with the people that you love.

This evening we were invited to dinner with our new neighbor and her family. It was a delightful time with new friends, good food, adorable children and much laughter. Our families don't celebrate the same holidays, be we truly celebrated friendship and neighborliness together. I feel so fortunate to have friends with diverse beliefs and with open minds who can sit down and celebrate the things we share, rather than allow our differences to divide us.

As we approach the new year, my wish for everyone is for a new year of health, happiness and peace. I hope that we see an end to the war, a restored sense of patriotism and community, and a year in which we can cherish the things that bring us together as a nation while embracing the things that make us unique as individuals.

Happy Holidays!


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