Published December 24, 2010
Merry Christmas, Hubbub faithful! I’m with my family in Chicago, the only city I know to be colder than Boston.
I’ll be on vacation through the new year, so this blog won’t be as buzzy till then. I still have a few posts up my sleeve, though, and you can count on our 24-hour newsroom staff to cover any and all breaking news in the next week.
Some good Christmas Eve reading and listening, if you missed it:
- Jim Behrle, one of Boston’s funniest poets, explains why he busts out the Santa costume before heading to the airport. “People are sometimes shocked to see Santa going through metal detectors and being patted down by security agents.” You’ve gotta listen to his “naughty and nice” poem, too.
- NPR’s Richard Harris asks: Did ‘shrooms send Santa and his reindeer flying? It turns out Siberian shaman and their reindeer would ingest psychedelic mushrooms — “man and beast alike hallucinated” — and that could be the origin of the Christmas fable.
- The Globe reports credit-card use has fallen to an all-time low for holiday shopping. People are using cash — currency and debit cards — instead of getting into more debt.
- A lot of people are talking about Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham’s piece on a high-school football player named Rudy Favard who volunteers to take care of a young boy with cerebral palsy.
- Finally, for a heartbreaking and powerful hour of radio, listen to On Point’s letters to Santa in hard times.
Be well, be safe, and talk to you soon.