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Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas

December 23. 2013 12:12AM

I wish we always had Christmas this close to Thanksgiving.

Perhaps due to my rapidly advancing age, the season seemed to fly by so fast this year that the 6,000 TV Christmas specials and the non-stop sales from Halloween until this very day before Christmas Eve didn't bother me so much.

There isn't too much that should bother any of us who are home with family and friends this week. America still has thousands of service men and women in some pretty tough places around the world. I have been thinking of them as I read "Guns at Last Light," which is the story of America's battles in Europe during World War II.

Those guys, and gals, had some pretty dark Christmases, as did their families back home. Most of us have nothing to complain about.

Still, there are the less fortunate here at home. We have been writing about them in the daily Union Leader Santa Fund stories. There is still time to donate to the Santa Fund and to have your name and best wishes listed in the paper. We will be running a roundup list, post-Christmas.

We won't publish a newspaper this Wednesday, Christmas Day. Our newspaper carriers will have the day off, although some of them may think they are still delivering the Sunday News from a week ago.

Thanks to all the advertising inserts from stores, it was the single biggest Sunday issue of 2013. As luck would have it, it came out during the first big snowstorm of the winter.

Whether you are a subscriber to the Sunday or the daily paper or both, you know that the paper doesn't get to your door or box by means of Santa and his elves. It's not too late for a Christmas tip for some of the hardest working people we know.

And it's not too late to get ready for the next round of shopping commercials. Given what happened with more stores opening on Thanksgiving this year to feed the Christmas crush, we were wondering in the newsroom if post-Christmas sales would start on Christmas Day.
"Midnight madness, right after Midnight Mass?" guessed one editor.

It wouldn't surprise me.

Nor would a post-Christmas sale for the new commemorative Old Man of the Mountain vodka that state liquor stores are selling. I suspect this is a drink served best on the rocks, although one guy here suggested making it a mudslide. If it is anything like its namesake, they won't be able to keep it on the shelf.

I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas. With grandsons Ike, Mike, and Spike, I expect to.

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