To all my Democrat friends: Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, secular practices of your choice, or non-religious/secular belief system, with respect for the religious/secular or atheistic persuasion and/or traditions of you and/or others, or your and their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful but yet socially conscious, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally-accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. This expression regarding the United States of America is not to imply that America is either necessarily greater than any other country or the only America in the Western Hemisphere, but nonetheless intended as a wish well within the lowest common denominator assumptions of the typically moderate, middle-of-the-road patriotic belief in our country, without endorsing any of the actions of our President or Congress, but rather in a generalized support of the troops.
Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability or physical shape (size challenged one direction or the other), religious faith, belief system or lack thereof, or sexual preference, bias or lack of sex of the wishee.
On the other hand, to all my Republican friends: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
And finally, to all my Libertarian friends: Have a great vacation.
With thanks and apologies to Doctor Michael Drake and Entrepreneur Tom Tierney.