Only CBS went beyond feelgood closing features in its Christmas coverage. Couric offered trivia too: this season's bestselling product is Tickle Me Elmo and a poll says that 86% of us believed in Santa Claus once upon a time "before we became jaded adults." Anthony Mason told us that gift cards, namely money in disguise, are rapidly replacing concrete presents. This year's $25bn in total card value will exceed toys, games, music, movies or jewelry. As one donor rationalized it: "We give them the gift of shopping."
To round off NBC's newscast, Brian Williams replied to an e-mailer's request for a greeting of peace and harmony. He offered the following sentiment: "Christmas is what you make of it and it still does not hurt to dream"--which falls a little short of the request.
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