The Articles of Christmas

This post provides official notification of my intention, on or immediately prior to the 25th of December 2010, to wish readers of my blog a Merry Christmas. If you are likely to find such expression of Christmas greetings/wishes offensive, you are hereby asked to refrain from reading any and all posts on this blog which may have Christmas, Noel, or other synonymous terminology in the title which may be posted between midnight of December 24th and midnight of December 26th Eastern Standard Time. No responsibility is taken for computers whose clock settings may cause them to view a post in this category outside the specified time frame.

The Christmas wishes to be offered will be in accordance with the official articles of Christmas stipulated below (renewed here for this year, 2010, having previously been published in 2008 and 2009):

The Articles of Christmas

Article I: The use of the expression “Merry Christmas” and its synonyms on this blog (henceforth referred to in this document simply as “Merry Christmas”) is not to be construed as a declaration of war, whether real or metaphorical.

Article II: “Merry Christmas” is not to be construed as a form of persecution.

Article III: “Merry Christmas” is not understood to void, invalidate, denigrate, supplant or replace wishes for a happy Kwaanza, festivus for the rest of us, Hanukkah, scary solstice, Newtonmas, or any other celebration currently existing or invented in the future which readers of this blog may celebrate.

Article IV: The Christmas wishes offered on this blog are void where prohibited by law.

Article V: Readers in the UK and multiple various former colonial territories of the British Empire are offered as an alternative “Happy Christmas”. This alternative greeting is not to be construed as implying the superiority or inferiority of any specific version of the English language, whether spoken as a living language or extinct.

Article VI: The use of “Merry Christmas” on or around December 25th is not to be understood to imply that the birth of Jesus occurred on or around that date.

Article VII: The use of “Merry Christmas” on or around December 25th is not to be understood as excluding a desire on my part that the Christmases of Eastern Orthodox Christians be merry when celebrated on other dates.

Article VIII: “Merry Christmas” is not to be contrued as an attempt to place an obligation upon readers to be merry on December 25th or any alternative date which they may understand as Christmas.

Article IX: “Merry Christmas” is not to be contrued as a contractual guarantee (or otherwise creating a binding legal agreement between the author of this blog and its readers) that Christmas (on whatever date it is celebrated) will in fact be merry.

Article X: All wishes of “Merry Christmas” offered upon this blog in comments by individuals other than the blog’s author, whether addressed to its author or to other readers, are understood to subscribe to these articles unless otherwise specified.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04335917715944481443 Gary

    Merry Christmas! I will not offend you by calling you a lawyer…Luke 11:52 (RSV) "Woe to you lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering".

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06135739290199272992 Eric Reitan

    I'd like to extend Christmas greetings to you and other readers of this blog who might read this comment, but need to specify that my greeting should NOT be construed as subscribing to Article X. All other articles are implicitly endorsed. That said, merry Christmas!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04148676728860411325 Don

    Dr. Mcgrath- Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for all your help in keeping me on this journey. I read regularly, but rarely, rarely comment. I am content in absorbing the content and that of those who comment.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09738869673774603152 Esteban Vázquez

    Well I, for one, I'm relieved to read article VII. ;-) Merry Christmas, James–both now and all the way up to January 7!


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