Santa Claus is coming to town with a whole new set of ideals. Credit: Jon Sullivan

Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.
Hey, did you read:

• That Santa, just returned from a meditation retreat, is offering children freedom from desire? Steve Bogira

• That the makers of Cards Against Humanity is letting the internet vote on whether a Picasso should be donated to the Art Institute or cut into 150,000 piecesRyan Smith

• That the city of Chicago’s free New Year’s Eve bash now costs a substantial amount of money? Leor Galil

• Why you should always buy the men’s version of almost anything? Sue Kwong

• About Michigan restaurateur Ibrahim Parlak, a Kurdish refugee from Turkey whose struggle with immigration authorities just never seems to end? —Tony Adler

• About the nine-year-old girl in Texas who wanted a wind turbine more than anything else in the world and lied her way into a Christmas miracle? —Aimee Levitt

• That Donald Trump promised not to kill journalists? —Robin Amer

• About what it’s like to be a reindeer herder in Kamchatka? —Aimee Levitt

• About how a “British Muslim family heading for Disneyland was barred from boarding a flight to Los Angeles by US authorities at London’s Gatwick airport” earlier this month? John Dunlevy

• The story of a 20-year-old woman who died during an illegal abortion in her boyfriend’s apartment 60 years ago? —Aimee Levitt