Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

I saw my first Christmas Tree with all the decorations in a house window yesterday and neighbours are busy slinging lights around their houses. The shops as you would expect are in full Christmas mode and even SKY News has a Christmas tree in the studio background.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

So it looks like I need to get with it and start joining in the holiday fun. It’s too early. Christmas shouldn’t start for at least another two weeks, don’t you think?

I was sent this a couple of years back and before I decided to publish it here I thought I’d better check copyright etc. Doing a search  for the first sentence led me to a whole host of sites on the web where this has been published so it will be very difficult to find the original copyright holder. If it’s you let me know and I will either withdraw the post or attribute it to you.

I wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting to my friends and colleagues, but it is difficult in today’s world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my solicitor yesterday, and on advice I wish to say the following :

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all .

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012 , but not without due respect for the calendar of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great (not to imply that Great Britain is necessarily greater than any other country) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms:

This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/ him or others and is void were prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. The wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Best Regards (without prejudice)

Name withheld (UK Data Protection Act 1998)


12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

  1. Where did it all change and for us to become so “politically” correct in wishing someone “a Merry or blessed Christmas”? I put our tree up on Saturday, and with the tree and lights, a wonderful warmth entered the house as well.


    1. Although that was a bit of a joke, more and more we are seeing the PC brigade get involved. Some schools no longer do nativity plays, they have to be multi-cultural instead.



  2. Beautiful post, Mike. Such a pretty photo of the tree in the church. The “wishing Christmas” is so clever and whoever wrote that has quite a sense of humor. I found it extremely funny.


    1. I just knew I should have put “this year” into that sentence. It seems to be getting earlier and earlier each year. One local shop had Halloween items one side of the aisle and Christmas the other….



    1. Thought I’d lighten it up a bit Tina. Each year the cathedral puts up a tree and as they allow photography it’s a good place to get some good photographs.



  3. I guess the lawyers have to make money somehow. We tend to have a real Christmas tree but not this early. Maybe around a week before Christmas Day. Cards seem to have fallen by the wayside. I worked with people of so many cultures and beliefs it was a matter of courtesy and common sense to think whether they celebrated the meaning of the festival. Most countries seem to celebrate the financial side!! Lovely photo, Mike


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