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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 25 Dec 2013

The Week’s super-quick catch-up on the main news talking points, available from 8am daily

1. Christmas! 'Tis the season for kindling the...
Christmas! 'Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart – Washington Irving
2. The main reason Santa is so jolly is he knows where...
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. – George Carlin
3. A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's...
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. – Garrison Keillor
4. Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us...
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveler, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! – Charles Dickens
5. I do like Christmas on the whole. In its clumsy...
I do like Christmas on the whole... In its clumsy way, it does approach Peace and Goodwill. But it is clumsier every year. – EM Forster
6. The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have...
The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington DC. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin. – Jay Leno
7. The Church does not superstitiously observe...
The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected. – Samuel Johnson
8. After a good dinner one can forgive...
After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations. – Oscar Wilde
9. Christmas — that magic blanket that wraps...
Christmas — that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. – Augusta E Rundel
10. Let's just say that on this day, a million years ago...
Let's just say that on this day, a million years ago, a dude was born who most of us think was magic. But others don't, and that's cool. But we're probably right. Amen. – Homer Simpson