Xmas Eve Tabs

FILED UNDER: Open Forum,
Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Jeez… What a Scrooge you are Steven. Not a gift link among those.


    Even History Facts thinks I should allow them to try to sell me stuff I would never buy!

    Double BAH! HUMBUG!

  2. CSK says:

    I can’t read the WaPo story, but I live in a town that from 1990 to 2005, boasted the tallest Christmas tree in the United States. No, not NY.

  3. @OzarkHillbilly: Honest question: do gift links work for a mass audience? I thought they were one-to-one sharing.

  4. MarkedMan says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: I post them here all the time and no one has ever said they didn’t work

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: Over at Balloon juice the front pagers regularly post up gift links. It gives articles a larger audience and I suppose results in more subscriptions.

  6. Jen says:

    @CSK: Let’s give it a whirl…

    Here’s the gift link to the WaPo “Oldest, tallest, etc.” piece.

  7. Mister Bluster says:

    @Jen:..gift link

    Works for me.

    A pop up informs me:

    A Post subscriber gave you free access to this article

    The pop up is crushed using the X in the upper right corner.

  8. CSK says:


    Thank you!

  9. Mr. Prosser says:

    Most Christmas movies are dreck but this time of year I generally watch The Lion in Winter with Peter O’Toole, Katherine Hepburn and a young Anthony Hopkins, Christmas Vacation, always laugh when the cat gets fried, and for some reason Amadeus, I guess because a lot of it takes place in winter.

  10. just nutha says:

    @Jen: No photos ☹️

  11. JohnSF says:

    Never mind poinsettias, the best small shrub at this time of the year is the Skimmia japonica.
    Just had one as an early Christmas present.
    Going to look lovely in the evergreens planter trough on my patio, next to some heathers, hebes, dwarf conifers, and euonymus. And winter pansies.
    I like to have those evergreens outside the back to have something pretty for winter, while the rest of the garden is rather bedraggled and sodden till Spring.

  12. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @JohnSF: Pretty plant to be sure. Additionally, from what I understand, most poinsettias sold for the season are not perennials–at least according to the last article I read on the internet: the permanent source for all factual truth on every subject known to man humankind.

  13. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mr. Prosser: The Lion in Winter is a great movie, even if it is a Xmas movie.