HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 15... and the end of the class! Friday NOON is the deadline for any remaining work you want to turn in. Below you will find some important information about the end of the class:

Check your blogs for comments. People have been leaving comments on blog posts and blog comment walls up until the last day of class, so make sure you take a look at the comments on your blog to see if there is anything new!

Blogs and Websites. I hope very much that you will want to leave your Storybooks and Portfolios online; more information here: Storybook and Blog Options.

Course Evaluation. If you have not filled out the course evaluation yet eval.ou.edu, I hope you will take a minute to do that — you might even win an iPad! You can still do that on Saturday or Sunday; the evaluation window closes at the end of the day on Sunday, December 13. Your feedback is incredibly important, especially for the online course program, which is still considered something new at the university. I'm also grateful for any suggestions you have, and I've gotten some good ideas already from your reflection posts this week!

Class Announcements. If you are subscribed to the class announcements by email, you can decide if you want to stay on the list or unsubscribe (there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of every email). Each semester the announcements is a mix of new and old items, so perhaps you would enjoy staying on the list, especially if you like finding out about free books. If not, you can unsubscribe now; there won't be any more announcements until Spring semester starts in January.

Grades. I have been recording the final grades in Desire2Learn as each person finishes the class, and I will file those grades in Ozone on Friday afternoon.

And, last but not least, a big THANK YOU to everybody for all your great work in this class. I had a really wonderful time, and I hope that the class was a good experience for you too! :-)

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Names of Santa. This marvelous map shows the names of Santa in the different countries! See the full-sized map at Buzzfeed.

Free Book Online: Christmas in Ritual and Tradition by Clement A. Miles. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which is a treasure-trove of Christmas lore and legend.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is At Christmas play and make good cheer / for Christmas comes but once a year (the verses are by Thomas Tusser). Details at the Proverb Lab. The illustration is from an illustrated edition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Finally, I thought you might enjoy this amazing video of Eric Whitacre's virtual choice, composed of thousands of voices singing together to tell a beautiful story: Fly to Paradise. You can learn more at Eric Whitacre's website.