Note from JWR:

We are having a quiet, snowy Christmas here at the ranch. As you know, I write and edit most of my posts a day in advance, so these posts for December 26th are being composed and posted on the 25th. Sorry that the blog is a bit “light” today, but I’m a bit preoccupied with the Christmas dinner preparations and present opening chaos. All that I can say in my defense is that I haven’t missed a day of posting yet, since SurvivalBlog was launched on September 5, 2005. There are now more than 5,700 archived articles, letters, and quotes. I hope that you enjoy reading them and that you find the blog useful and motivational. Merry Christmas and Semper Paratus!