Happy nondenominational winter holiday from Combat! blog

Don't worry, kids—that's just a regular grandpa and several deer.

It’s Christmas Eve, which means I have to spend the day adjusting the harness and breathing apparatus that will allow me to hang motionless in the center of the chimney until 12:01 am. In the meantime, why don’t you enjoy the last New York Times trend piece of the year? It’s about how men who haven’t bought Christmas presents often purchase jewelry at the last minute—hint hint, boyfriend of New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford. Props to Mike Sebba for the link and for pointing out this sentence:

“Last year, for instance, more than $709 million was spent on jewelry on Dec. 23 and 24 alone, representing 10 percent of the entire month’s jewelry sales, according to SpendingPulse.”

Yeah, December 23rd and 24th are one day less than 10% of the month of December. If that sort of childlike wonder at normal distribution doesn’t put you in a festive mood, there’s also this interactive feature about dead people. And to all a good night!

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  1. After I emailed you about that article, I realized the 10% statistic becomes even less remarkable when you recognize that almost no shopping happens after 12/24.

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