HUG: To anyone grieving the death of a loved one during the holidays: Please let all of your friends and family members give you a big hug.
SHRUG: Politico, an online news org, reports that taxpayers paid $84,000 to settle a federal employee's sexual harassment claim against U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi. His financial disclosure statements indicate Farenthold is worth an estimated $5 million. Now that he's been exposed, will he return the $84,000 to taxpayers? Don't hold your breath.
HUG: DeBerry Funeral Directors of Denton made sure John Walker, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, got a proper burial last week in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. The Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle club, provided the honor guard.
SHRUG: A seasonal company that puts up Christmas lights needs a proofreader. A truck spotted traveling along Loop 288 on Thursday evening was adorned with big signs that said, "Christmas Ligths." That right! The word "Lights" was misspelled on right side, left side and tailgate signs. Has no one told the company?
HUG: His real name was Jim Nabors, but most of us knew him as Gomer Pyle. Nabors died last week. He was retired in Hawaii and living the quiet life with his husband. Maybe Andy Taylor, Barney Fife and Gomer will team up in heaven and create some new episodes about life in Mayberry.
SHRUG: Country music singer Randy Travis has lost his bid to keep the video of his 2012 arrest in Tioga under wraps. The video shows him lying on a street, naked and drunk. Our question: Who would want to see the pathetic video? We sure don't. Let him be.
HUG: A resounding "Ho, ho, ho" to mall Santa Clauses everywhere. They endure crying babies in soggy diapers and risk accusations of sexual harassment when young women want to sit on their laps for a photo. Santas must be good time managers. In between eight-hour shifts at the mall, they have to supervise unruly elves at the North Pole Toy Workshop.
FEATURED PHOTO: Paige Timms, 3, greets Santa Claus on Nov. 24 in Dickson City, Pa. (Butch Comegys, The Times & Tribune/AP)