If you felt like 2016 was like living in a cement mixer, there’s only one good way it can end.

The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Swimmer Michael Phelps won his 23rd Olympic Medal. America said goodbye to Astronaut John Glenn, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali. Dictator Fidel Castro met his end. The Islamic State lost territory. The Zika Virus gained ground. Another Star Wars movie came out. David Bowie sang his last song. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

Also in the front page: Harambe the Ape, Russian hacks, murdered police officers, raging wild fires, super moons, the Mannequin Challenge, Pokemon Go, the tragic fall of Aleppo, Marijuana legalization, Black Lives Matter, self-driving cars, the opioid epidemic, a failed Turkish coup, and terrorist attacks.

What are we forgetting?

Ah yes. The most contentious presidential election in memory. It started with a bruising primary on both sides. Democratic insider Hillary Clinton beat Socialist Bernie Sanders while real estate mogul Donald Trump bested 16 GOP opponents. What followed were tense debates, outrageous tweets, DNC leaks, Russian hacks, fake news stories, deplorable insults, FBI allegations, Saturday Night Live skits, a poll-busting election night, a few protests, and a failed recount.

And then it was over.

Although politically divided and a bit worn out, Americans headed for the mall, Christmas concerts, cozy holiday dinners, and elementary school pageants. We wrapped and unwrapped gifts, sang carols, drank eggnog, threw snowballs, and watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Elf” for the 100th time. We sat next to fellow Americans in church or on an airplane or at the movies without wondering who they voted for in November. Millions wished neighbors, friends, family, postal workers and grocery clerks a “Merry Christmas” with absolutely zero partisan undertones.

Each small, sweet gesture of goodwill will help knit together what has been torn over the past few months and years. Everyday kindness say more about the American people than our headlines. We are united in far more ways than we are divided.

Even though concerns will continue to linger, America will experience a peaceful transition of presidential power in the new year. That’s because we are a nation of laws not men. Our human rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness are granted by God not by the whims of any elected leader.

Though we are divided politically, we are deeply united by a shared culture, history, and land.  We are not perfect and never will be, but we strive ever to improve and come closer to our cherished ideals. There are setbacks and tough years. We’ve been through far worse.

As 2016 comes to a close, we at Thought.Buzz wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a wonderful New Year.


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