This time of year, we're used to seeing a sprig of mistletoe hanging from the doorway -- the inevitable invitation to a kiss. But we don't often think about how it got there.
Yes, there are commercial mistletoe farmers who harvest it, bag it and sell it, but in some areas of the country, amateur harvesters follow ancient methods of retrieving the plant from the tops of trees.
President Obama used a news conference this afternoon to make the case that the post-election lame-duck session of Congress that just ended was the most productive in decades.
Hailing the ratification of the New START missile agreement with Russia, the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the passage of a tax cut and unemployment insurance package, and other accomplishments, Obama declared that they prove "we are not doomed to endless gridlock."
We "live-blogged" during the news conference. Scroll down to see how it played out.