Good Sunday morning, and a blessed Christmas Eve to you and yours. Thank you for reading and for your feedback, which makes every day of my life joyful. There's never a single day that I don't leap out of bed, excited and grateful for the honor of writing to you.
What a fitting holiday send-off:
... so here's a worthy idea if you have a second and are near a big-box store ... "How To Pay For Layaway Toys For Strangers," by Bustle:
We're betting that this Axios/SurveyMonkey poll is as serious as most people want to get today.
Venezuela's dark Christmas ... Mormons sing Christmas carols at Venezuela Square in Caracas.
"A preview of the U.S. without pensions," by WashPost's Peter Whoriskey:
Afghan school children play at an open-air school at the Gambiri Refugee Camp in Laghman province.
"Citing North Korea's ... threat, the Trump administration is moving to vastly expand the problem-plagued homeland missile defense system despite warnings that the planned upgrades may not succeed," the L.A. Times reports in its lead story:
P.S. "The Marine Corps commandant told about 300 Marines in Norway [Thursday] that they should be prepared for a 'bigass fight' to come," the WashPost reports, citing Military.com:
Chelsea Christmas hats, ahead of an English Premier League soccer match in Liverpool, England, yesterday.
Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who exposed U.S. secrets and now lives in Russia, used a video message to unveil a new phone app he helped create, called Haven, that aims to protect laptops from tampering, per AP:
Reliving 2017 in 30 images ... Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for an official engagement photo at Frogmore House in Windsor, England.
N.Y. Times Sunday Styles takes us inside "The Most Expensive House in America" — and it's available!