Ah, Christmas. It's that time of year when we hear much of peace on Earth and good will toward persons (yes, Virginia, there is a PC Claus) of all races, creeds, faiths and political persuasions.
Of course Christmas is more than the excitement and anticipation of exchanging gifts for many and lobbying to remove all symbols of Christ from public venues by a few. Christmas is, or should be, that time of the year when we share a common bond and cheerfully do what we can to bring happiness to some who deserve it.
Christmas is also a time of music. The carols of the season bring comfort and joy, not only through the lyrics but through the images these songs generate. In the spirit of the season, we want to share with you a few of our favorite song titles and the newsmakers who come to mind at their mention. I hope we share the joy.
The Hallelujah Chorus: Many women, and more than a few Republicans, joined in at the news of Herman Cain "suspending" his presidential run.
Silent Night: Dedicated to Rick Perry in memory of the awkward pause as he tried to recall that pesky third governmental agency he would shut down as president.
Joy to The World: Sung throughout electiondom when Barney Frank announced he would not seek reelection.
Angels We Have Heard on High: A favorite of many following any speech from Pres. Barack Obama or V.P. Joe Biden. Those individuals also roll their gift paper only from the left.
Angels From the Realms of Glory: This song describes how Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and Harry Reid view themselves.
White Christmas: What David Duke asks for each year. His stocking which hangs from the chimney with care is still empty.
I'll Be Home For Christmas: A double-edged sword song. It is either the biggest threat a member of Congress can speak to his/her constituents, or it's a comfort knowing they're not in session and can do little harm.
From Heaven Above to Earth I Come: This oldie describes how Newt Gingrich thinks of himself.
Finally, we've changed the first couple of lines from another favorite. This is our small gift to some very deserving individuals. Sung to the tune of "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" we offer this to our elected and appointed officials (a.k.a. bureaucrats) in D.C.
O little town of Washington how shrill we hear thee lie, 'Midst trash where giant egos clash and common sense goes awry.
Just for grins, please add your own lines to the verses. It will be the gift you can give yourself without fear of being levied an entertainment tax...but only if you don't report it.
From the cozy (and under-decorated) little cottage on Elm Street, we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year. We'll correspond with you again in 2012. Until then, remember the reason for the season is the reason for each day of our lives. Be kind to someone you don't know. That person may be an angel. They are real.