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christmas party snowmanAlthough the first post came a little later, the nominal birthday of Bleacher Nation is seven years ago, tomorrow. The Cubs were fresh off of a 97-win season and a second straight playoff appearance. Good things were coming!

It turns out good things were coming, eventually for the Cubs, and much more immediately for BN. Within a few years, I was able to turn this place into my full-time job, and I’ve been non-sarcastically blessed every day since.

As a celebration of BN’s birthday, and in service of family time, Christmas is the one day a year I take entirely off. Christmas means different things to different folks, and, for me, the primary focus is my family. Family was a significant chunk of why I started BN in the first place, and I try to honor it by stepping back from this place briefly to enjoy the holiday.

Absent some crazy, enormous, and ill-timed breaking news or rumors, you won’t see anything new up tomorrow at BN.

Whatever holidays you do or don’t celebrate, be they this week or next or some months past, I wish you the best. Merry Christmas from me and my family to you and yours.


Thank you for reading, commenting, discussing, befriending, Tweeting, Facebooking, and supporting the site. None of this works without you. Don’t think that is lost on me, and I don’t require a holiday to reflect on how fortunate I am to be here, doing this. It still strikes me every day.

Thank you to Luke, Michael, and Luis for their incredible contributions here over the past year. We’ve reached the point where I couldn’t do it – sanely – without them, and I’m so grateful for their quality work.

Thank you to The Wife for her support seven years ago when I was bouncing writing ideas off of her. For her support when I put those ideas into this place mornings, nights, and weekends while lawyering. For her support when I wanted to turn this place into a full-time job. And for her support and partnership in raising those two kids you may have heard me mention from time to time.

Speaking of that wife and those kids, I think I’ll go join them now. We have peppermint chocolate cookies to make for Santa.

See you on the 26th.

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