Note: OK, I warned you. 

I said it last week and also promised a second notification. Here it is: Between noon on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and 9 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2010, Boise Weekly is going off the grid. Like I mentioned before, it's not cause for concern. We're simply taking some time off, and the best way to get a dozen workaholics to stop working is to lock them out of the office. Which is exactly what the boss lady does every year about this time: kicks us out of the office for a full week. Of course, that does require working triple time in the weeks prior in order to keep getting you your BW's on time, but what matters is that you still get your Wednesday paper. So when you're trying to reach someone at BWHQ about how much you love/hate this edition, keep in mind that you won't hear from us until next year.

And you just might have something to say about this week's issue. BW's editorial department is comprised of some very opinionated individuals. No surprise, right? Some staffers desperately wanted to publish a ridiculous holiday feature. Others wanted to ignore the holidays all together. And those who fell on neither side of the holiday fence sat back and watched the argument evolve until bloodshed was almost certain. But it's my job to step in just before the bloodshed happens. I intervened just as the argument was getting interesting, and the result is this week's holiday feature, a visual interpretation of the very dark origins of some of Christmas' most celebrated traditions, including the Christmas tree. I'm sure we'll take flak for being so irreverent about a most holy day. But for those of us at BW who celebrate Christmas, it's a day steeped in tradition rather than religion, and not all of those traditions are well understood. Here's our stab at an explanation, poison berries and all. Regardless of what you call your own holiday season--Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice--we hope it's happy.

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