Less than three hours and counting until Christmas Day.

Here at Newsfour, my colleagues and I are putting the finishing touches on the 10 p.m. newscast. We are a small but hardworking group of current event elves. Tonight's lead story is about holiday heroes. We tell these stories quite often, but they are all the more touching during this season...when even the Grinch and all things grim are overshadowed by the hope of the Christmas story.

As I returned to the studio from dinner, it is true: not a creature was stirring...not even a mouse. Okay, maybe there was a horse-drawn carriage downtown, ready to deliver some young couple a starlit Christmas Eve memory. Whatever you're doing at this hour...celebrating with loved ones, racing to Walgreens for just one more gift, or peering at the rooftop for a glimpse of St. Nick, I pray it brings you peace and joy.

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