As 2010 winds down, Americans can look back on a challenging year that began with slow progress on the economy, and ended with dynamism and change in Washington. As we approach 2011 and the new possibilities that it offers to us both as individuals and as a nation, let's take stock of what needs to be done and then take action. December is known for the magic of Christmas and a chance for change and improvement. While reading our 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, remember Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" while celebrating Hanukkah.
Over 70 percent of Americans say "Merry Christmas" to express the sentiments of the season, while 23 percent use the more generic "Happy Holidays." Who can be offended by a sincere expression of peace and hope delivered with a smile? Maybe the four percent of Scrooges who said, "Bah Humbug."