I rather suspect that this will not be very useful to my Transatlantic readers. The reason for this is very simple. They aren’t going to be online. They’re all going to be gathering with family, stoking up the fires, roasting chestnuts, and making free with the eggnog.

But in case any of the US urban warriors do drift along, one piece of guidance.

Do not go shopping in Wal-Mart today. Just say no. And if you have even a moment’s regret that you’re missing out on that bargain 72″ plasma screen TV, because you’re stranded at home eating turkey and pumpkin pie with your loved ones, then shame on you.

Hold the eggnog for me, but a large red wine will do nicely. Cheers!