Season's Greetings, Yasser

Holiday cards, like fruitcakes and other expressions of the season, say something about the senders. For politicians and celebrities with delicate images to guard, choosing one poses special challenges. Should the seasonal message be somber? Provocative? Soothing? Or, like George Bush's card, which numbered a record 1 million and cost an estimated $370,000 for postage, ubiquitous? This year bigwigs around the globe ran the gamut. --By Harriet Barovick

THE BUSHES The message of the unseasonal oil painting by Shanghai-born American artist Zhen-Huan Lu? Serene and diplomatic. But who is the White House pianist?

DAVID LETTERMAN With a fitting fantasy of a...

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