I just answered a note from a teacher thanking me for my words about Newtown. (My words can be summed up by saying I was speechless, and didn’t have any words.)
Then he wished me a Merry Christmas, and hoped if I was Jewish I would forgive his faux pas. I replied as follows:
“And regarding your holiday greeting, I accept good wishes and good sentiments from everyone of all faiths! No need to worry about being offensive.
Hope your Christmas was merry. And, yes, I am Jewish, but am open to peaceful greetings from anyone with good intentions.”
What do you think? Can you except good wishes in the spirit they were intended, or do I have to know your religious beliefs and then only address the specific holidays you celebrate?