We live in the most financially minded era in history; nothing previous compares to it. Somehow we have put ourselves in the position of believing that our greatest problems can be solved by changes to the budget. A rampant globalization has introduced us to a world with few checks and balances and a sense that the new economic order is some massive global juggernaut upon which citizens themselves and average families can have little effect. The Christmas holiday season always had a sense of the commercial in it, but that has now given way to a more economic view of everything. We have received about 300 Christmas cards this holiday season, but after perusing them early one morning I was encouraged to see just…