Merry Christmas From Outside The Beltway!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

White House Christmas

Merry Christmas to all the OTB regulars and anyone else who may drop by! Nothing political today, at least not from this corner for the Internet. Instead, some Christmas music and consider this an open thread for the day.

To set the mood, here’s Mel Torme singing The Christmas Song, which he co-wrote and recorded more than any other artist to date. As Torme told the story, the song was written during a California heat wave in the summer of 1945 by him and co-author Robert Wells, and started with the idea of writing a song about cold weather to beat the summer heat:

Back to usual tomorrow, I’m sure.

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Becca says:

    Merry Christmas, OTBers!

    Good will and best wishes to every single one of you!

  2. rodney dill says:

    Merry Christmas!

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Bah! Humbug!

  4. Happy holi… Ugh, argh, gah …

  5. Liberal Capitalist says:

    Solstice to you all !

    May you have lit the lights in your regional traditions to drive away the long seasonal darkness.

  6. CSK says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!.

  7. Ebenezer_Arvigenius says:

    A blessed and happy Christmas to all of you. Thanks a lot for providing me with intresting commentary and a nice place to hang out. *Hugs all around*

  8. Kylopod says:

    Merry Holidays, everyone.

    And as long as we’re on that topic, it should be remembered that Mel Torme was one of the Tribe, as were a lot of the writers of iconic Christmas songs. Those complaining about the so-called War on Christmas should keep that in mind. Where would you be without us Hebes?

  9. gVOR08 says:

    God bless us, every one.

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww….. Did I rain on somebody’s Xmas parade by stating my opinion that this charade is well past it’s sell by date? Sorry. Next time, maybe everyone should just keep their opinions about it all to themselves so I won’t feel the need to share mine. No?

    Tuff titties, then 🙂

    ps: The war on X-mas is long over. Wal-mart won. Get used to it.

  11. michilines says:

    This holiday and others have turned into looking for hope for some silver lining amid all the horrible people shouting about walls and Israel.

    It’s not a happy time. I just wish I could get the hell out of Arizona.

    Hoping everyone else had a happy day.

  12. rodney dill says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Not share opinions on a political blog? That’s just crazy talk.

  13. James Pearce says:

    Merry Christmas, everyone. Even the haters and losers.

  14. al-Ameda says:

    Peace and good health to all.