Grant me the opportunity to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. Beyond the gift giving and the stockings stuffed with care, let us take this time to be good to one another and embrace the spirit of the holiday. Peace on Earth, good will toward your fellow man.
And let us keep in our hearts those who will be far from home this Christmas. Soliders and sailors and Marines who are on duty, with rifle in hand, willing to do violence on our behalf so that we may celebrate with our families in peace.
In this upcoming year let us hope, though the days are short and dark, that it is always darkest before the dawn. That this great country of ours will once again find its way into the light and will keep the wolves at bay.
That this land, with its soldiers abroad and patriots at home, will continue to be the land of the free and home of the brave. That we may serve the Lord if it is our choosing but be subject to no man. That our right to freedom and liberty be not infringed by those who would see us thusly diminished.
May we always be armed against evil, and that if evil strikes out that it only knows, at most, small and fleeting victory before it is cut down by the righteous who would defend against it.
But for today, let us put the thoughts of evil aside and embrace the love of our friends and family, those present, abroad and those who have gone to their final reward.
From to me and mine, to you and yours: Merry Christmas to all.