Happy Holidays to All,

And to All a Good Life!

Our Timeless Holiday Message.  Merry Christmas and a Blessed Season to all now and throughout the year. 

Christmas is both a religious and secular celebration, but even at the secular level, it can bring out the best in us. 
The Christmas stories that resonate the most for me are Dicken's Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life & a Miracle on 34th Street. 
In each story, there is a change of heart among some in each story, to  be more compassionate, understanding, hopeful and grateful. 

So, I am often re-inspired this time of year to be more considerate and thankful. 
Of course, for those who have a deeper faith in the religious significance of Christmas,
it is also a reminder of compassion and forgiveness.  Since, we soon will start a new year, some of us with well intentioned resolutions,
one resolution can be about how we can personally practice in our lives, that which is most meaningful about the Christmas Season. 
So, aside from my annual resolution to be more punctual, I will also consider how else I can be better person.

Bill Gazitano  & Shawn Merritt

2015 Message

During this Holiday Season, remember those in need,
not only other people, but also the lost or abandoned creatures,

who once had a home, or never knew one. 
Deep inside, they long for someone to care.
Let's do what we can for those who hunger and thirst
and long for warmth and compassion.

2013 & 2014 Message

"At Christmas, this most holy season,
may all peace prevail in our hearts.

May only love remain."
Marianne Williamson

2012 Message

"There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited . . .”"

May you be blest this Season. 

Again, I borrow from Dickens, as I have done in the past.  So long, Sassy Pandora.  You were a good friend. 
We learned so much from you. We thank you for your time with us.  

Message for 2010 & 2011

“Mankind is our business. The common welfare is our business;
charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence,
are all our business. The dealings of our trade are but a drop of water
in the comprehensive ocean of our business!”
paraphrased from Dickens' Christmas Carol

Thoughts about Christmas -2009

It has been said that there is a war on Christmas and using greetings like Happy Holidays, etc. are nonsense. 
At this time of year, it would be nice if we could put our differences aside and not get into a good - bad / us or them argument over Christmas.

To me, Christmas is both a secular and a religious Holiday.  It is steeped in traditions that came from pagan practices long before Christ was born. 
It has secular symbols as well as the religious.   While Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, we also know it coincides with Winter Solstice,
from which we derived a lot of the customs that have become associated with Christmas. 
We also know that it is likely that Christ was born some other time of year.  It is commercial and good for the economy.
 It is also spiritual and invokes in us a tendency to care for others.

So, I agree that substituting generic greetings takes away from the tradition and the meaning of the Holiday. 
I would like us feel free to celebrate and honor all traditions of this time of year.  We can practice being people of good will by celebrating our diversity. 
So, I often say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays when in doubt of traditions and beliefs of anyone else,
because Merry Christmas is said with the intention of wishing the other person well, regardless of whether Christmas is a part of their tradition.  
I could list all the Holidays in my greeting as well, if you have the time to listen.  There are a lot of them.

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Kwanza

Happy Davoli Day

Happy Ramadhan

Happy Winter Solstice

and there may be more!

So, best wishes to all and to all a good life.

2008 Message
“I have always thought of Christmas time as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time,
when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.
And though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket,
I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”
Chas. Dickens

2007 Greeting

All we do for Christmas morning
Can be done so joyfully
        If we find the peace within us
To make every moment sing