December 25, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Christmas Eve 2018 was one that many won't soon forget, particularly a 7-year-old boy named Coleman. The young lad was one of a handful of children invited to call the White House to get an update on Santa's whereabouts from none other than President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
    "Merry Christmas. How are you?" Trump asked Coleman. Fine, right? The President continued his line of questioning.
    "How old are you? Are you doing well in school? Are you still a believer in Santa?"
    But that's when then things went off the rails:
    "Because at seven, it's marginal, right?"
    Within moments, social media lit up the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, with a few Trump supporters excusing the President's faux pas as just another quirky incident from the anything-can-happen Leader of the Free World. But more than a few critics lambasted Trump for breaking a long-held covenant between adults and young kids about the presence of Santa.
  • Prior to his undoubtedly-historic phone call to 7-year-old Coleman, Trump was already feeling a bit sour, complaining that he couldn't spend Christmas at his Florida beach resort playing golf due to the stalemate over a partial federal government shutdown. Trump tweeted out, "Poor me," triggering a thousand memes, including a cameo of Trump himself in 1992's Home Alone 2, where a child is stranded at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
  • On a much more serious note, Pope Francis delivered his Christmas Day message early today, emphasizing what he called "Fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture. Fraternity among people with different ideas, yet capable of respecting and listening to one another. Fraternity among persons of different religions."
  • For those who just can't get enough Christmas, they may want to put a trip to the Philippines on next year's Christmas wish list. NPR reports that Filipinos celebrate no less than four months of "Christmas mania."

  • The Boise State football squad, along with a good number of coaches, support staff and Bronco Nation fans, are spending their Christmas in Dallas, Texas, where on Wednesday, Dec. 26, Boise State will take on the Eagles of Boston College in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. It will be the first time that the two teams will meet since 2005. Kickoff is 11:30 a.m., Mountain Time, and the game will be televised by ESPN.

  • The Treasure Valley woke up to a Dense Fog Advisory on Christmas, with early morning travelers dealing with visibility of one-quarter of a mile, or less. Partly sunny skies were the weather words for the rest of the day, but patchy fog was expected to return on Wednesday morning, followed by a good chance of snow in the Treasure Valley on Wednesday evening.
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