Best wishes to all of you for a joyous holiday season. Just for fun, here are some links related to the holidays:
Physics of Santa - I saw this for the first time on USENET about twenty years ago. I still think it's pretty funny.
Dreaming of a White Christmas? Dickens may be to blame, according to this article from the Times of London. (Here in Raleigh, NC, where I live, we are expecting a bit of rain on Christmas Day. No white stuff, of any kind. Sigh....)
Here's a little Chanukah humor. I'm Jewish, and I thought this was hilarious.
And finally, here's a quote from the scene in DRUMS OF AUTUMN where Claire comes to find Jamie in the snow:
"What if I tell you a story, instead?"
Highlanders loved stories, and Jamie was no exception.
"Oh, aye," he said, sounding much happier. "What sort of story is it?"
"A Christmas story," I said, settling myself along the curve of his body. "About a miser named Ebenezer Scrooge."
"An Englishman, I daresay?"
"Yes," I said. "Be quiet and listen."
I could see my own breath as I talked, white in the dim, cold air. The snow was falling heavily outside our shelter; when I paused in the story, I could hear the whisper of flakes against the hemlock branches, and the far-off whine of wind in the trees.
(From Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 21 ("Night on a Snowy Mountain"). Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)