Light a fire (but don't burn wrapping paper--all those bad dioxins!), sharpen a pencil, and dive into Jon Carroll's 26th annual Christmas Quiz. It's as challenging as ever, but Away With Words readers will have an advantage with Question #1. Answers will be posted tomorrow (Wednesday) in Jon's column on SFGate.com.
Wired Magazine senior editor Adam Rogers explains to NPR's Liane Hansen the naughty-nice algorithm, the meaning of Santa's HELPERs ("Heavy Equipment Light Package Emergent Response"), and other tongue-in-cheek high-tech secrets of "C-Day."
Maybe you, like me, observe this day with a movie or two, followed by Chinese food. In that case, get into the spirit by watching "Christmas Time for the Jews," a two-minute animated video from Saturday Night Live. Yep, that's Darlene Love on vocals. (Via The Boomer Chronicles.)
A stranger, an extragalactic visitor wise enough to look past all the shopping, might be forgiven for thinking that this is the festival in which we celebrate the magic of sleep.
After all, what other holiday do we attend in robes and pajamas?