For those of you who would prefer to listen:

‘Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the street,
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a Musk tweet

The stockings were hung
By the chimney with care
With hopes that this rally
Proves more than a Bear

America re-opened
Demand to travel hit new highs
Planes, trains and automobiles were packed this year
Millions flew the friendly skies

The Winter Olympics went to China
Western Diplomats missed the games
Presidents Putin and Xi formed an alliance 
Then Russia invaded Ukraine

The people fought back with courage
Their bravery masked the fear
A great leader rose from obscurity
He was Time’s Man of the Year

The British Government faced challenges
3 Prime Ministers in 2 months’ time
The Pound cratered against the Dollar
10 pence bought a dime

Supply chain strains loosened
Global freight began to ship
Taiwan became a focal point
It’s there where they make the chip

Inflation was everywhere
Prices soared beyond the pump
The Fed responded frantically
That forced an economic slump

People returned to the movies 
Watching on the Big Screen is much more fun
Hollywood still can’t profit with streaming
But Maverick made clear who’s Top Gun

The Astros Won the Series
Messi became soccer’s king
SI named Steph Curry sportsman of the year
He shot the Warriors another ring

We lost Lansbury, Poitier, Olivia and Caan
Vin Scully and Bill Russell graced the sports world, their impact lives on
From Gorbachev and Albright, authentic diplomacy was seen
The World is always turning, we bid farewell to the Queen

The American spirit is peerless, time-tested and true
With perseverance and sound leadership, there’s nothing we can’t do
With crisis brings opportunity, history has shown
Success through ingenuity, it’s the fabric of our home

Now, Democrats! Now, Republicans!
Now, Independents and others!
Our nation requires collaboration!
We’re all sisters and brothers!

To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

By: Mike Frazier

Happy Holidays from all of us at Bedell Frazier

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