Then there’s the U.S.
From “Member’s Congressional Handbook”
GREETINGS – Expenses related to the purchase or distribution of greetings, including holiday celebrations, condolences, and congratulations for personal distinctions (wedding anniversaries, birthdays, etc.), are not reimbursable.”
From “Franking Manual” (“Franking” is free postage to constituents)
4(a). Example of Nonfrankable Items
“Birthday, anniversary, wedding, birth, retirement or condolence messages and holiday greetings are prohibited.”
We put “In God We Trust” on our currency, but our elected representatives are not permitted to use the greeting that has passed lips throughout the world every year for centuries.
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“So do I,” says William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, “and I’m not even Christian. In fact, it annoys me when people refuse to say it. And please say Happy Hanukkah to me, not Happy Time When You Light All Those Candles For Some Reason.”
COMMENTS I liked from Jacobson’s posting:
* Your attitude is more universal than you might think, Professor….although I suspect you already know it. We live in a 90% Arab Muslim neighborhood, where some pundits allege they hate people like us, and virtually everyone says “Merry Christmas” to me, some even drop off small gifts. No one seems to have a problem with my die hard support for Israel and the Israeli people either … it has been the topic of multiple conversations, where I’m given the courtesy of listening, even if agreement isn’t generally there … as I explain why I feel as I do. No small thing, in my opinion, since they also all know I was Army until I retired.
* Dennis Prager, a Jew, wrote a wonderful column, which he uses as a basis for a speech he gives to corporations about not renaming the Christmas Party the “Holiday Party.” As he says, being invited to the Christmas Party as a Jew or Muslim or atheist, etc., shows that Americans are inclusive. I love the fact my kids have come home on numerous occasions with dreidels with which they’ve played and sung songs. That’s America.
* I don’t know why, but it’s always around this time of year that there are a couple of young law-student looking types with petitions on clipboards outside my local Trader Joes asking customers exiting the store to sign something for the ACLU. The last time they asked me, I politely said with a smile, “No thank you, but I wish you guys a Merry Christmas!” The sour, silent expressions I got were priceless. They looked like they wanted to stone me then and there.