We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A better secular name for Christmastime than Festivus would be Frenzius. You could barely get in the door of my neighborhood bookstore or wine shop today. Still, everybody was cheerful and mannerly. Tonight, people won't be able to fit into church to light the candles, to hear that same old eternal Christmas story, and to sing the carols.