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Christmas is just days away, and you have a lot to do.

So this morning, there will be no lessons, no metaphors, no movie or obscure pop culture references.

Just best wishes for a terrific holiday, whichever one you celebrate, and whatever you believe in.

Today is the final MNB of 2011. As is the custom around here, we’re going to take a little time off to catch our breath, sleep a little late, read some books, go to a bunch of movies, and just generally recharge the batteries.

I can’t wait to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, among others, and I need to finish Michael Lewis’s “Boomerang” before I start on Michael Connelly’s new Harry Bosch novel, “The Drop.”

I hope you’re able to do the same...or whatever it is that makes you happy...during the next week or so.

MNB will be back on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, for the beginning of what I hope will be a fun, eventful, energetic, and, yes, even prosperous year for all of us. (I’m counting on it being a great year, since it may be the last one we have left - the Mayan calendar famously says that December 21, 2012, will be the end of the world and all humanity.)

In the meantime, the MNB archives will be open, as always.


And Happy Holidays!

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