Merry Christmas and happy holidays from your friends at The Muck Rack Daily. We’ve got your abbreviated holiday issue today so you’ll have plenty of time to binge watch Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. And if you’re feeling daring and in need of a different kind of holiday spirit, try this Hallmark Christmas movie drinking game.
Still looking for that perfect gift? We keep getting emails saying “It’s not too late!” but it seems like it’s really close to being too late. Anyway, don’t worry, procrastinators. Jennifer A. Calfas of Fortune has your list of All the Stores That Are Open on Christmas Day — And What's Closed.
At Forbes, Harold Stark explains Why You Should Invest In Bitcoins This Holiday Season. He tweets, “I know it's tacky, but.”
Patrick Whittle of the Portland Press Herald notes Pot gifts increasingly popular way to spread Christmas cheer in Maine and other states where recreational marijuana has been legalized.
Some gifts just stink. Literally. For example, A package for Steven Mnuchin caused a bomb scare. It turned out to be filled with horse manure. Amy B Wang reports on the story for The Washington Post. And this brings up a “Serious question: Is it illegal to send horse s**t to the Treasury secretary?” asks John Myers. Brianna Sacks of BuzzFeed reveals, This Guy Sent Trump’s Treasury Secretary A Pile Of Manure For Christmas.
Chris Mills writes, “While the holiday time is supposed to be full of happiness and family bonding time in theory, it doesn’t always work out that way in practice. Anyone who’s been stuck at their in-laws for Christmas knows what it’s like to master the art of furtive phone-checking and tactfully not starting an argument over net neutrality, and nothing serves as a better distraction than watching an incredibly weird Twitch stream.” His piece for BGR, ‘Overwatch’ proves everyone hates their family with weirdly popular Twitch stream.
Meanwhile, at The Guardian, Jen Kirkman explains why Being dumped at Christmas was the best thing to happen to me.
NPR’s Phil Harrell has The Story Behind ‘The Christmas Song.’ And at Newsweek, Gersh Kuntzman explains that Your favorite Christmas song was probably written by a Jew. Tweets Kuntzman, “Yes, I did the annual reminder that Jews basically defined Christmas for all you non-Jews.”
Jim Rutenberg at The New York Times writes that Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Provides Fitting End to Turbulent Year for the Media. Tweets Jon Talton, “With an interesting, if self-interested, back story of NYT & Pentagon Papers.” “Ooh. The NY Times is (understandably) snippy that Spielberg's ‘THE POST’ isn't called ‘THE TIMES,’” tweets Robert Reid.
At The Hill, Julia Manchester reports that Joan Walsh announces move to CNN, “just hours after MSNBC said it would not be renewing her contract with the network.”
And “It's finally here, @emilysteel's investigation on Vice. Must read,” tweets Ross Miller, of the piece by Emily Steel of The New York Times, At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment. “Unsurprising, sadly,” tweets Henry Fountain. Adds Kate Nocera, “I thought the Vice story was totally devastating - and it was clear that there's a lot more but also a lot of NDAs.”
OK then, “Why not read some poems? It can’t hurt,” tweets @nytimesbooks. Excellent point. David Orr of The New York Times highlights The Best Poetry of 2017.