Friday morning briefing: Christmas cheer, odd traditions and a Flood of free agents

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.

Merry Christmas!

From all the folks at Freedom New Mexico, Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year.

Special meeting

The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents is set to meet 11 a.m. Tuesday in special session to consider a solar project contract.

It’s open to the public.

Question of the day

What’s your family’s favorite Christmas eve tradition?

Please feel free to share your gift in our comment section below.

The holidays elsewhere

In Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, it is customary for the streets to be blocked off on Christmas eve so that the people can roller-skate to church.

An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.

It is a British Christmas tradition that a wish made while mixing the Christmas pudding will come true only if the ingredients are stirred in a clockwise direction.

Track Santa

Here’s a must-have website for you and the kids tonight.

Follow Santa’s trek from the North Pole around the globe:

http://www.noradsanta.org/

Today in history

On this day in 1969, center fielder Curt Flood of the St. Louis Cardinals writes a letter to Bowie Kuhn, the commissioner of major league baseball, protesting the Cardinals’ decision to trade him to the Philadelphia Phillies and asking to be made a free agent.

Flood’s historic protest paved the way for modern free agency.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/curt-flood-challenges-mlb-reserve-clause

Weather

Today — Isolated rain and snow showers early in the morning…then isolated rain showers in the late morning and afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s to lower 50s. North winds 10 to 20 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight — Clear. Lows in the 20s.