Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 16 16:20:08 UTC 2004

My only question:

Where are these cards on sale?


At 3:19 PM +0000 12/16/04, neil wrote:
>In 2000 I received a Xmas card which bore on the front 'Best wishes...'
>Inside was the following:
>   for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress,
>non-addictive, gender neutral, winter solstice holiday, practised within the
>most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, but with
>respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose to practise their
>own religion as well as those who choose not to practise a religion at all;
>plus a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically
>uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2000, but
>not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose
>contributions have helped make our society great, without regard to the
>race, creed, colour, religious, or sexual preferences of the wishes."*
>*Disclaimer: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It
>implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for
>her/ himself or others and no responsibility for any unintended emotional
>stress these greetings may bring to those not caught up in the holiday
>The back bore a graphic of two felled trees, with the following statement:
>This card is manufactured from
>illegally imported wood,
>stolen from persecuted Indians
>in a country you've never heard of.
>For every tree cut down at least
>two more are wasted.
>Neil Crawford
>Flat A
>70 Muswell Hill Road
>N10 3JR
>+44 (0)20 8444 1234
>neil at typog.co.uk
>typog at ridgepaperprint.co.uk
>01245 458675
>on 16/12/04 3:12 pm, David Bowie at db.list at PMPKN.NET wrote:
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>>  Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>>  Poster:       David Bowie <db.list at PMPKN.NET>
>>  Subject:      RamaHanuKwanzMas
>--> -
>>  I don't recall if this one appeared in the discussion of mixed names for
>>  wintertide festivals, but i got a card from the younger of my sisters
>>  yesterday wishing me a "Merry RamaHanuKwanzMas" on the front, with the
>>  inside reading "Best Wishes for a Non-Offensive Celebratory Event." (She
>>  thoughtfully handwrote "Merry Solstice", as well, since that one seems to
>>  have been left out by the card designers.)
>>  Anyway, the inclusion of Ramadan in the list is interesting to me since i
>>  wouldn't call it a wintertide festival in the same sense as the others, due
>>  to its length--but Eid ul-Fitr probably wouldn't have fit into the rhythm as
>>  well.
>>  The back of the card advertises the web site for Glenn Beck, a
>>  conservative-lite talk radio guy, and it turns out he sells an entire
>>  (small) line of RamaHanuKwanzMas merchandise:
>>  http://www.mercuryradioarts.com/charts/productchart.jsp?dispid=1001404
>>  David Bowie                                         http://pmpkn.net/lx
>>  Jeanne's Two Laws of Chocolate: If there is no chocolate in the
>>  house, there is too little; some must be purchased. If there is
>>  chocolate in the house, there is too much; it must be consumed.

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