Okay, this morning’s message was a twofer — an Air Force couple named Greenburg sent wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hannukah to their families stateside from their base in Alaska.

So maybe it’s not Department of Defense, but just Camp Caldwell, Iraq, which is encouraging happy [generic seasonal] holidays [lower case].

Paul, you wouldn’t make yucky faces if you’d ever had my wife’s fruitcake. It doesn’t linger on from year to year, and it’s not flammable, either.

BTW I can recommend the German fruitcake available this time of year at Aldi … though the less expensive stollen, the one in the plastic package, rather than the luxury model in the ritzy red box. We tried the latter last weekend and it’s definitely an adult cake; leastwise, you have to be 21 to buy the ingredients.