Dear Read­ers,

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Ev­ery year we hear the same ques­tions; should we say Merry Christ­mas in a Mus­lim na­tion? Will our Mus­lim friends be of­fended? And ev­ery year as we walk around the malls we see Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions and we hear Christ­mas songs, so I think the an­swer is clear; our Mus­lim friends are cer­tainly ca­pa­ble of un­der­stand­ing that we are sim­ply of­fer­ing the greet­ings of the sea­son and we ob­vi­ously mean no of­fence. It would be very sad if In­done­sian Mus­lims liv­ing in pre­dom­i­nantly Chris­tian coun­tries could not openly cel­e­brate Ra­mad­han, so I think it is safe to say we are all adults and we can all ap­pre­ci­ate each other’s re­li­gious pref­er­ences with­out see­ing them as a threat or an in­sult. As usual, it is prob­a­bly overly sen­si­tive peo­ple get­ting of­fended on be­half of other peo­ple.

This fes­tive is­sue is de­signed to en­ter­tain you and in­form you about all things “Christ­mas,” and some of our reg­u­lar col­umns are pre­sented with a slant to­wards the fes­tive sea­son. As usual we have tried to in­clude some­thing for ev­ery­one as far as space al­lows, but if you have any par­tic­u­lar re­quests for 2019 please do let us know.

Merry Christ­mas to all who cel­e­brate and Happy Hol­i­days to those who do not. May we all en­joy a well-earned break with our fam­i­lies and come back in Jan­uary for the start of a healthy and pros­per­ous 2019.

Happy read­ing!

Un­til next time,

Edo Frese

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