Sure, that Butterfly lady, Julia, has decided to come down from her tree after Pacific Lumber agreed to stay its chainsaws for the grove; it looks like the planet really is melting, with scary numbers released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continuing to get prominent play in the press; and the EPA is ordering nearly 400 industrial plants, mostly power plants, to cut their emissions in half. But we regret to inform you that you won’t be reading about such things in the Daily Gist for the next week-plus. You see, on the solstice, we turn into a pumpkin — er, a snowflake. (Even stupid headline writers need to go on vacation sometime.) The Daily Gist won’t be published from December 21 through January 2. See you next on Monday, January 3. In the meantime, feel free to peruse the stories in Grist Magazine. And, hey, thanks for all your support this past year!