For those of you who would prefer to listen:

‘Twas the night before Christmas
From coast to coast,
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a cable news host

The stockings were hung
By the chimney with care
With hopes that this rally
Still will be there

Artificial Intelligence is a game-changer
It’s affectionately known as “AI”
The Magnificent 7 are the early winners
Their stocks soared to the sky

War spread around the globe again
It comes both cold and hot
Global alliances keep getting tested
It’s a dangerous lesson being taught

Eras launched a record tour
People from everywhere came to cheer
Taylor Swift was America’s economic engine
She is Time’s Person of the Year

The House removed its Speaker
Kicked out by his own right-wing
Finland is the latest to join NATO
And England has a new king

2023 was the warmest on record
NASA tracks it every year
Fire scorched through the island of Maui
Tragedy, devastation and fear

Inflation slowed its torrid pace
Prices still remain quite high
The Fed stopped raising interest rates
That triggered Wall Street to buy

Movie theaters were packed this Summer
Oppenheimer and the atomic men
Most popular was a film about dolls
Their names were Barbie and Ken

The Dodgers paid $700 Million for a player
Spanish women won their first World Cup
Bochy brought Texas a baseball title
While Oakland sports keep breaking-up

We lost Munger and Kissinger, Rosalynn Carter and Sandra Day
Norman Lear made his last curtain call, Jim Brown sure could play
Gone are Buffett and Belafonte, Tina and Tony who sing
Suzanne Somers kept us company, far too soon went Chandler Bing

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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