To any politically correct friends who have yet to realize that I am beyond redemption and I have not weeded out yet:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, 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, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make this country great. Not to imply that this country is necessarily greater than any other country. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
To my sane friends:
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
To those friends in the Northern Hemisphere who are enduring a cold miserable winter (its beautiful here, a balmy 32c – 90f) and are hoping for some global warming to brighten up their otherwise wretched lives, try to remember that Al Gore is a politician and they are not good at keeping promises.