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Merry Christmas! I’ve sure you have much better things to do today than spend a few seconds on Tumblr, so thanks for spending a little bit of your time with us today! Or tomorrow, whenever it is you’re reading this.

Today I’d like to post my favorite Christmas video of all time, “Joe Pesci with His Head on Fire.”

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Why NORAD Started Tracking Santa

Kristen Wyatt, the AP:

Santa-tracking volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado said they fielded about 102,000 telephone queries on his progress beginning early Saturday, breaking the previous mark of 80,000.

All well and good, but why did they start tracking Santa in the first place? I only realized I didn’t know the answer to this question when she gave it later in the article:

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has been telling children about Santa’s whereabouts every year since 1955. That was the year a Colorado Springs newspaper ad invited kids to call Santa on a hot line, but the number had a typo, and dozens of kids wound up talking to the Continental Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD’s predecessor.

The officers on duty played along and began sharing reports on Santa’s progress. Tracking Santa is now a tradition at NORAD, a joint U.S.-Canada command that monitors the North American skies and seas from a control center at the Peterson base.

Awesome.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The First Noël

Merry Christmas! Why are you here? I’m not even here; I queued this three days ago.

Well, since you’re around, here’s “The First Noël” performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the album Excelsior Christmas Gold: Joy to the World.

Don’t ask me how I acquired this CD, because I don’t remember at all. Don’t have any of the original packaging, just the disc in a blank jewel case. But, since I have it, I was cranking carols at 1:00 AM the other day. You know, like most people do.

I hit this piece and did a double take when it started off with a four-part round in the strings. Did you know you could do that with “The First Noël”? I had no idea you could do that.

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Sylvia Wood, msnbc.com:

For a fee of $5 for members and $10 for non-members, the Scottsdale Gun Club in Arizona will arrange a Yuletide photo op with Santa and a selection of automatic weapons valued at $170,000.
"It’s been really fun," said Brooke Rodda, a spokesperson for the club. "We’ve had a tremendous response from the community."
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The event isn’t attracting just gun enthusiasts: “It has a broader appeal from families to older people,” Rodda said.

I guess this appeals to me too, in that ironic appeal is still appeal.

Sylvia Wood, msnbc.com:

For a fee of $5 for members and $10 for non-members, the Scottsdale Gun Club in Arizona will arrange a Yuletide photo op with Santa and a selection of automatic weapons valued at $170,000.

"It’s been really fun," said Brooke Rodda, a spokesperson for the club. "We’ve had a tremendous response from the community."

The event isn’t attracting just gun enthusiasts: “It has a broader appeal from families to older people,” Rodda said.

I guess this appeals to me too, in that ironic appeal is still appeal.