Best wishes to everyone celebrating Christmas. As my annual column on Christmas Torts notes, 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas (though only around half treat it as a religious holiday). We are also celebrating Chanukah (Leslie is Jewish) so this is a great twofer celebration for our family with the overlapping of the two holidays this year.

I am in Chicago with the family for Christmas with my 92-year-old mother Angela.  We are getting a dusting of snow for a white Christmas but the weather has been warmer than usual on our visit (in the 50s).  Last night, we had our tradition of Cioppino soup with family.

We have 37 this year and I just put the beef in the oven. I cook the beef as well as the Yorkshire pudding, horseradish. and other traditional dishes for the dinner.

While the Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Blackhawks have left many of us crushed this season, our spirits are still high for the coming year and a sweep of their respective championships in 2020.

The Turley family wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday. I will be toasting our blog family tonight and give thanks for the wonderful community we have created at this site.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Turley


  1. We just need Marduk and Mithra (magi and chaldaei, respectively) in Santa Claus hats, dancing around the world.

  2. A Merry Christmas to you all. I’ll add Czech to it: Veselé Vánoce a šťastný Nový Rok.

  3. The holiday season should go on until 12th night, which I think is January 6th.

  4. I’ll be home for Christmas!
    Chris Moss time this year….
    With misiletoes in our nose…
    Slay hell in the rows.

    Xmas Eve is past us…
    We’re on Chris Mast day…
    We climb the mast…
    And sail on past…
    Strangers haunt the fray….

  5. Merry Christmas 🎄and Happy Chanukah 🕎. So admire your fairness, strength and legal brilliance. Restored my faith somewhat in humanity……although I live in California.
    Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.
    Kind regards

  6. Glad to hear momma Turley is doing well. I was wondering how she was getting along.

  7. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I enjoy your columns and, as observed by another in this thread, ‘intellectual honesty’. Some time it would be interesting to read your perspective/basis for being politically liberal.

  8. JT – Merry Xmas and Happy Hanukkah to you and Leslie and to all the kids and to Luna.

  9. Thank you for everything you do.
    God bless you and your family.
    Merry Christmas! 😘💨❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Good Ukranian name and з Різдвом і новим роком and now we have three spellings with Pochinski and Popochinski. en stor god jul og nytt år fra Norsky-etterkommerne.

      1. I always thought it was Polish. That would make me 100% Ukrainian from both sides. Thanks for that comment Michael

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