It must be simply awful for them after all; what with all that "Peace on Earth" business and happy people seemingly everywhere you looked.
The poor dears must be near nervous breakdowns from all the stress.
Wait till they notice what comes next!
The "A.D." stands for the Latin, "Anno Domini" or "Year of Our Lord"; as it will be 2009 years since the birth of Jesus Christ.
This of course means every time anyone in the western world writes a date that can be understood by anyone else, they'll have to use `2009' which is a sneaky way by which we wily Christians simply refuse to extract ourselves from public life.
Good heavens we must be awful!