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Awesome events: Mr. Popper’s Penguins have headed south for the winter and you can catch them tonight at the Kennedy Center; It’s not too late to get into the holiday spirit with crafts perfect for trimming the home and stuffing stockings last minute; And don’t forget about Matzoball 2017; Don’t be a diva, HAVA TEQUILA! Pregame Christmas eve with your favorite Jews and bring that cute tuches on down to the second annual festivus for the rest of us; Thought a sleigh was Santa’s only mode of transportation? Think again; Don’t let the holidays steal your zen. Find it on Christmas Day at the Washington Yoga Center.


In an exclusive interview, FamousDC sat down with a group of individuals claiming to be followers and staunch believers of Santa Claus. Here’s a preview of what these sources are saying about the magic of the holidays.


Hey procrastinator…; We have a new fave Congressman and he might answer to “Clark Griswold”; This mom technically gave birth to a 24 year old baby; We already know you’re awkward, just try to be less good at it; One bad Apple phone ruins the whole barrel; Good news for millennials – the perfect gift does exist.


Ever wonder what the Halls of Congress are like the days leading up to the holidays? Our Capitol Hill staffer gives us a peek into The Week Before Christmas.


10 days Kate Shanahan!; Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl, Kristen Fisher and Walker Forehand; We’re ready to work off figgy pudding and fruit cake in 2018 with the GrassrootsProNet crew; Jim Acosta used a landline this week; Impressive best 9, Lauren Zelt!; Have you seen Le Diplomate’s Christmas decorations?; Congrats to Bret Baier for winning the war on Christmas; Bethan Libus has a cool menorah; That’s CHEF Domenico Montanaro to you; FYI, Maddie is on the nice list, Nicole Tieman; Rob Saliterman hung out with a zebra; Tazewell Jones is one semester closer to becoming Harvey Specter; Squad goals, Tom Wilbur; Please don’t ruin your mother’s Christmas, Jeremy Art; We like that post office too, Kristen Lee Burke; That Texas waffle is everything, Shana Teehan; Ben Droz found some secret passageways; We love you, Tommy McFly; Merry Switzmas, Erin Lange; Is Jake Wilkins really Ed Sheeran?; Maria Davis is a badass barretender.


#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

A big congratulations to longtime producers Sarah Baker and Jesse Rodriguez, on their recent promotions to directors of booking for MSNBC. Baker will stay in D.C. as the lead for guests and contributors and Rodriguez is heading to New York to focus on high-profile guests for prime time programs; U.S. Chamber of Commerce veteran Amy Travieso is joining the American Hotel & Lodging Association as vice president of government affairs. Travieso most recently was a director for congressional and public affairs at the Chamber, and before this spent nearly nine years as deputy chief of staff to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX); After fourteen years with the Wall Street Journal, deputy technology editor Christina Passariello is joining the Washington Post as its new technology editor; Salvador Rizzo is also joining the Washington Post as deputy fact checker. Before this, Rizzo was the New Jersey politics editor for the Observer; The Hill’s cybersecurity reporter Joe Uchill is making moves to Axios in February, at which point The Hill’s cybersecurity coverage will be led by Morgan Chalfant; Michael Byerly, most recently communications director for Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), is the new national press secretary for the American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund. Assuming his role as communications director is Lee Modesitt; After three years as deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ryan Berger is joining the NRSC as policy director; Adam Croglia is leaving DC to be a senior counselor for public affairs at Eric Mower + Associates; From The Cipher Brief, Mackenzie Weinger is joining National Journal as policy editor; The Daily Caller defense reporter Saagar Enjeti has a new role as White House correspondent; Sarah Culvahouse Mills recently joined the Glover Park Group as a vice president. Before this, Mills was director of media relations at the Heritage Foundation; From The Daily Caller, Alex Pfeiffer is leaving to join Fox News’ hit show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” as an associate producer; BGR group has promoted Erskine Wells and Ryan Long to director of its commerce, infrastructure and energy arm and co-director of the its health care practice. William Crozer has also been promoted to vice president of government affairs; James Hong, most recently manager of creative and digital at the American Financial Services Association, recently joined SKDKnickerbocker as an associate for digital strategy; Obama alum Fred Wong recently joined the National Association of Counties as communications director. He was previously the public engagement advisor at USAID and before this, spent time at the White House in President Obama’s Presidential Personnel Office; NPR has a new co-host for its hit show “All Things Considered:” Mary Louise Kelly, current national security correspondent, will assume the spot with Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro; And finally, congrats to C-SPAN editorial director Paul Orgel who was recently named as the next executive committee Chair of the Ratio and Television Correspondents Association. Orgel will serve as vice chair for the next year and assume his work as Chair in 2019. For the past twenty years, Orgel has been a driving force at C-SPAN, leading its presentation of Congress and covering the some of the most complex legislative issues and events. He’s also a host of the network’s “Washington Journal.” #DoBigThings


Famous birthday wishes toJesus (obvs)Paul Rigney, Brittany Morris, Secy. Steven Mnuchin, Susan Neely, Jen Hasler, Andrew Tolliver, Matt Manda, Sandy Duncan, Matt Schlapp, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Bobby Hodson, Sia!, CJ Steadman, Sen. Ted Cruz, Adam Verdugo and Steven Spielberg!

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Merry Christmas fam