Deep down, you know that it's not possible for one jolly fat guy and eight flying ruminants moving at what would have to be six hundred and fifty miles per second, three thousand times the speed of sound, to visit the home of every girl and boy in the world. At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that’s 91.8 million homes (presuming that he doesn't handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children) in thirty one hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west.

But you just wanted to believe it was true... SO MUCH.

Live or Memorex? Some Music for inauguration taped

WASHINGTON – The classical music played for millions of people watching President Barack Obama's inauguration was not the live performance it appeared to be.

Unless you were one of the fortunate few sitting within earshot of the celebrated performers, what you heard was a recording made two days earlier.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriella Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill made the decision a day before Tuesday's inauguration to use a previously recorded audio tape for the broadcast of the ceremonies.

Carole Florman, a spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said the weather was too cold for the instruments to stay in tune. "They were very insistent on playing live until it became clear that it would be too cold," said Florman in a telephone interview Thursday night...

Deep down, I knew the sound was too good, the weather was too cold. But I still wanted to buy it, hook, line and sinker. Next you'll be telling me that John Williams lifted entire sections of the piece from Copeland's Appalachian Spring.

"...It would have been a disaster if we had done it any other way," Perlman told The New York Times, which first reported that the music was taped on its Web site Thursday. "This occasion's got to be perfect. You can't have any slip-ups."