Please accept without obligation, either express or implied, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice, celebrated according to the most enjoyable traditions, religious beliefs or secular practices of your choice, with due respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions of any kind at all;
a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures, whose contributions to civilisation are also acknowledged, and without regard to race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious belief, choice of computer platform, or sexual orientation.
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