Lunchtime Links: December 22, 2009

  • The suitcases are packed and ready for the airport. Or, perhaps, the van is loaded up for Grandma’s house. Here are a few Christmas travel trips to lighten the holiday load.
  • There is still time – albeit not much – to get some last minute shopping done. What can you get for the devout Christian – or non-Christian for that matter – who still needs to be checked off your list?
  • Heading to church on Christmas Eve will be a must for millions of Americans of varying faith backgrounds. How they might hear the traditional Christmas message varies greatly.
  • Evangelist Oral Roberts was memorialized Monday in Tulsa by friends, family and administrators from the university he founded.
  • Many of us will have awkward moments over the next two weeks with neighbors, friends and family. Avoiding potential pitfalls is a key to a pleasant season.
  • Going green. Twitter, iPods. Count them up – 50 things which changed our lives and American culture this decade. Remember when blackberry was just a fruit?
  • Federal statistics indicate the economy began pulling out of the recession at a slower pace than anticipated during the third quarter. Fourth-quarter projections indicate a gradual speed up in the recovery process.
  • Senate Democrats have rounded up to the votes to clear two key procedural votes setting the stage for a Christmas Eve vote on health care reform.
  • NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has brought stock car racing headlong into the mainstream of American sports consciousness with his fourth straight title in 2009. For that accomplishment and his dominance of the sport he became the first race car driver to be named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.

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