Perhaps the greatest revelation in the post-Dad world is that, late at night on Christmas Eve, I get to *be*


Santa Claus. When The Little Girl leaves out cookies for Santa tonight, I get to be the one who eats most of them – leaving only trace crumbs to suggest that Santa had been there in her very house, breaking any number of property laws, in the name of bringing joy. It’s pretty awesome. Ditto watching ‘A Christmas Story’ tonight, and reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ just before she goes to bed. And then spreading out the gifts, stuffing the stocking, curling up with The Wife by the lighted tree … I’m excited.

And, with that in mind, you’re going to see limited posting from now through tomorrow (Christmas Day), resuming regular-ish posting on Wednesday (with a fresh podcast on Thursday). Christmas Day has become my informal/formal only day off of the year, so I’m going to take it with vigor. For the story on why taking the day off is special to me, here’s last year’s version of this post.

If news breaks, or if there’s an exceedingly juicy rumor that simply can’t wait, I suppose I’ll drag myself out of a long Winter’s nap to cover it. Otherwise, I’ll see you on Wednesday.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours. The holiday season is also the unofficial birthday of BN, having been formed over a few day period after Christmas back in 2008. So, happy fourth birthday, BN. Thanks to all of you for making this such a great place.

  • Jim

    Merry Christmas Brett. Enjoy the day!

  • Njriv

    Thanks Brett for all that you do, and the rest of BN I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all, you guys are the best!

    • Njriv

      Also, has anyone seen that Christmas baseball commercial by Dick’s Sporting Goods? I always get this damn thing in my eye every time I watch it. I’ll supply the link if you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend that you do.

  • Luke D

    Santa doesn’t exist???

    Merry Christmas to you, Brett, and to all of BN!

  • Rice Cube

    Merry Christmas!

  • Carew

    Man, I’m glad I found this site. Merry Christmas everybody!

  • Idaho Razorback

    Merry Christmas to my family, Bleacher Nation! The Cubs, Hogs, New Jersey Devils, and L.A. Clippers, in that order, are my life. And Debra Cole, my dear cougar lady Friend. God Bless You!

  • Dude

    You’re like anti-Santa: he only works Dec. 25th each year, you only rest Dec. 25 each year. Hope you have a great (and very, very deserved) day off.

  • Rcleven

    Always read The Night Before Christmas and Luke 2 1-8 to the kids.
    It’s what Christmas is all about.
    Merry Christmas to all.

  • Dave

    Merry Christmas Brett and family and all Bleacher Nation.

  • TonyP

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  • WiscoCubbie

    Happy Holidays to you Brett and to the BleacherNation Community! You guys make the offseason bearable!

  • Dave

    Brett: Wishing you and yours a great Christmas and healthy New Year. Bleacher Nation is my “one stop” shopping for all Cubs’ news.

  • baldtaxguy

    Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year to all. Brett, you do outstanding work, a very big thanks, and enjoy your day off.

  • frank

    Hapy holidays, everyone.

  • Spoda17

    Merry Christmas Brett and all… enjoy the day and happy holidays to all.

  • PRcajun

    Merry Christmas!!! Feliz Navidad!!!!!
    …and Geaux Cubs!!!

  • Rizzo44

    Merry Christmas to you too Brett! Merry Christmas to the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Oregon Ducks, and to everyone else here on Bleacher Nation!

  • Jeff1969

    Happy Holidays to you & your family Brett & thanks for running one of the greatest fan sites ever.

  • Ramy16

    Merry Christmas Brett and all the Bleacher Nation family! Also Brett I will be in Las Vegas for both Cubs spring training games! Can you get me info where the ball park is??? And address?? Tried google but to no avail..thanks!!!!

  • someday…2015?

    Happy holidays everyone on BN. Hope everyone has a very happy new year!

  • Rich

    Love the site
    Thank you Brett
    Merry Christmas

  • Jeff

    Merry Christmas Brett and family!! Thanks for giving me the one other site that I enjoy as part of my daily routine.

    Merry Christmas Fellow Nationers and all Cubs fans where ever they might be.

  • Sircub

    Merry Christmas Brett! Hope all the BN crew have a happy holidays!

  • dreese

    Happy birthday BN! And a merry xmas to everyone!

  • TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo


    Being a quarter of a world away from Wrigley is difficult but you do a great job with the site and keeping Cubs fans up to date. Thanks for your hard work and merry Christmas/feliz natal to you and your family.


  • Fishin Phil

    Merry Christmas to you all!

  • florida Al

    god bless you brett and the new edition…merry chrstams to all and to all a great night..

  • Spriggs

    Merry Christmas to all! Go Cubs!

  • FFP

    Merry Christmas all.

  • Tobias

    I wonder what Brett’s DAR (drinker above replacements) is?