What Does "Happy Holidays" Mean?
As the festive season draws upon us, we start getting wishes from our friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances. One of the common greeting, "Happy Holidays" is a collective season greeting for a cluster of festivals and celebrations like Christmas, Hanukkah and sometimes even Thanksgiving along with New Year. However, this special greeting is reserved only during the winters and is generally not used during other parts of the year.

"Happy Holidays" is all about celebration and spreading the joy, however, the phrase is also known for breeding a difference in opinion among people over its usage. Incidentally, some Christians prefer to be wished Merry Christmas in place of "Happy Holidays". They want to keep the spirit of Christ alive through the theme of "Merry Christmas". While others suggest that to include all the communities regardless of their culture, religion and faith, a religious neutral term like "Happy Holidays" should be used during the time of festivities. However, the US, always chooses to adopt "Happy Holidays" for the public face of Christmas celebration.

Both "Happy Holidays "and "Merry Christmas" Have Religious Significance- A Different Perspective Merry Christmas and Happy holidays are decidedly different in their meaning. While Merry Christmas means to wish a person a joyful Christmas, "Happy Holidays" greets one with happy prosperous holidays no matter what festival they celebrate. Also Merry Christmas mainly encompasses Christmas and its memories but "Happy Holidays" focuses on all the year end celebrations: Hanukkah, Christmas and even New Year.

But, looking through a different point of view, "Happy Holidays", which is considered a greeting that is friendly to all the communities, atheist and religious alike, some debate that both the terms have religious roots. While Christmas clearly invokes a religious sentiment as the day of Jesus Christ, "Happy Holidays" too is researched to be related to religion. Holiday is derived from two English words, Holy and Day, so wishing someone "Happy Holidays" means wishing for their days to be holy, which is religious in itself.

What's nicer to Wish?
If you know the faith of the person, you can wish them accordingly, however, if you don"t, sticking to "Happy Holidays" seems a decent choice. The common denominator is that "Happy Holidays" greeting is not a denigration of Christmas or any tradition and it is straightforwardly religious neutral. It is an appropriate salutation when you don"t recognize someone"s habits of observing the season or when you don"t know someone enough.

This is also the reasons many stores have their welcoming notes as "Happy Holidays" and not "Merry Christmas" or greetings related to other traditions. This brings more people together and doesn"t spread the anti-religion vibes. In addition, many schools and greeting card companies opt for the secular neologism of "Happy Holidays"."

18th of December

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20th of December
Das Wort zum Mittwoch.

21th of December
"Neulich" ging ja eine meiner Lieblingsbands in Rente - inzwischen hab ich alle Alben erworben :)
Und weils grad soooo schön passt in Österreich: Zur Lage der Nation- wir machen ja den Deutschen alles nach, sagt man ...

22th of December
Okay - ich geb's zu - VERSCHLAFEN ;) - schuld war unsere "neue" kleine Theke im SOUNDCLUB wer mag schon Polyurethan Dämpfe .... pfff. #
Da bleib ich lieber bei meinen Virginia Tabak.

23th of December
Ein kleines Video zur Vorbesinnung auf morgen ...

24th of December

Santa Claus: An Engineer's Perspective

There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the Population Reference Bureau). At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per house hold, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each.

Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 967.7 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get on to the next house.

Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purpose of the calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles (1.3 km) per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles (125.83 million km), not counting bathroom stops or breaks. This means Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second (1083 km/s), 3000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest manmade vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at poky 27.4 miles per second (45.7 km/s), and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour (25 km/h) - that is four thousands of a mile (4/1000) per second (6.9 m/s).

The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium size Lego set (two pounds, or 0.906 kg, that is), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons US (508,000 t metric), not counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds (136 kg). Even granting that the "flying" reindeer could pull ten times the normal amount, the job can't be done with only eight or even nine of them - Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons (54,864 t metric), or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch).

600,000 tons (606,600 t metric) travelling at 650 miles per second (1083 km/s) creates enormous air resistance, and this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion Joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst in flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousands of a second (0.00426 s), or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip.

Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from dead stop to 650 miles per second (1083 km/s) in 0.001 seconds, would be subjected top acceleration forces of 17,500 g's. A 250 pound (113 kg) Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force (195,470 kg force, or 1.9547 MN), instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.

Therefore, if Santa did exist, he's dead now!

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