A large Christmas tree stands to one side of the North Portico entrance in the Entrance Hall during the first viewing of the 2011 White House Christmas decorations Nov. 30, 2011 in Washington, D.C. - 

This final note today. There is hope yet for bipartisanship in the Senate of the United States. For the first time -- ever, as far as anyone can tell -- senators are going to do a Secret Santa thing this Christmas.

Ten bucks is the price limit. Fifty-eight senators have signed up: 37 Democrats, 21 Republicans. Nobody in the leadership, so far.

It's not like they're going to solve the budget deficit, but it's a nice gesture, no?

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