Unless I get hit by lightning, a truck, or a coronary blast, I believe I will awaken bright eyed and bushy tailed on the morning of 12/22/12. You, too, more than likely. This is an opportunity to make a fresh start.
With that in mind, I highly recommend a new holiday--New World Day--which should in fact replace Christmas, a stolen pagan holiday, that can rightly be moved into the summer months. After all, it gets pretty chilly in the Judaean hills in December. Too chilly to have been born in a manger. Plus, shepherds were not keeping watch over their flocks by night in that month, either. Move it to June or July. Much more fitting, don't you think?
So, New World Day it is. A new respect, a new understanding, a new peace--politically, spiritually, personally. One more chance to make one more try.
The Mayans would be satisfied, I believe. I know I am.