December 24, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The partial federal government shutdown will continue until well after Christmas and most likely until after New Year's Day, as negotiations have essentially come to a halt over President Trump's demand for $5 billion for a border wall. About 800,000 federal employees are affected. In a late night tweet, Trump insisted that he was a victim of "presidential harassment," adding that his work is "remarkable."

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    • Courtesy NORAD
    One critical government service, NORAD's Santa Tracker, will be on the job tonight. NPR reports that more than 1,500 military personnel and volunteers will be be quite busy this evening at NORAD HQ at a Colorado U.S. Air Force base. Every mother's child will be able to get the latest Santa movements by calling 1-877-HI-NORAD or by visiting
  • The good folks at the National Weather Service will also be working around the clock this holiday (as they do every day of the year); and the Christmas forecast calls for a good chance of precipitation in the region - rain in the valleys and snow at higher elevations. Boise's snowiest Christmas was in 1998 when a half-foot of new snow covered the valley floor. The coldest Christmas on record in Boise was in 1990 when the temperature dipped to 20-degrees below zero. Boise's warmest Christmas was 60 degrees in 1885.
December 24-25, 2018 forecast for Boise - NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
  • National Weather Service
  • December 24-25, 2018 forecast for Boise

  • 7-11 has something nice to offer this holiday season: a 19-cent cup of coffee or 19-cent bottle of water, from now until 11:59 p.m. on January 1st. To take advantage, use the 7-11 smartphone app.

  • Queen Elizabeth will deliver her annual Christmas message tomorrow, something she's done since 1951. USA Today has a preview, writing that Her Majesty will focus on what binds us together as opposed to what drives us apart. Her message will include the following statement: "Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding."

  • Aquaman 
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    • DC Universe / Warner Bros.
    conquered the pre-Christmas box office this past weekend, earning more than $67 million at the North American box office and besting fellow new releases Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee. Entertainment Weekly reports that Aquaman's success caps a year in which ticket sales increased 6 percent more than a dismal 2017.

  • The Hollywood Reporter says Oscar-winner Tom Hanks stopped by a Los Angeles In-N-Out Burger for a bite, but some took time to shake a few hands, pose for some pictures and ended up buying everyone in the restaurant a pre-Christmas lunch. It's no huge surprise that Hanks' next big-screen project will see him portraying the forever-lovable Mr. Rogers.

  • The New York Times has an intriguing story on how more nativity scenes across America are being robbed of the figure of Jesus. The motives aren't clear, but rattled communities are responding with measures as varied as gluing or bolting the figure to the manger and installation of so-called Jesus cams.
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