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> “A Fox & Friends Christmas” airs tomorrow night from 8-10pmET, hosted by the weekday and weekend F&F teams. Special guests stopping by include Alan Colmes, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren and more “unannounced” guests, sharing their favorite traditions and recipes, singing carols and exchanging presents.

> Michael P. Hill of Newscaststudio Blog interviews Sam Mandragona, NBC Artworks creative director who is leaving at the end of the year. He describes the Decision 2008 graphic switch, the 3-D environments and more.

> CNN’s Ed Henry, on assignment covering the President-elect’s vacation in Hawaii, describes on the AC 360 blog an experience while the press pool followed Barack Obama on the golf course yesterday. Obama told the journalists “to have a beer and put it on his tab. No one took him up on the offer.” Henry also wore board shorts on the air last night:

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Mandragona, Kappler Depart NBC News

Sam Mandragona, Creative Director for NBC Artworks has left NBC Universal after more than two decades with the company. Mandragona became Executive Creative Director for NBC DesignWorks in 2000. Most recently he was responsible for Decision ’08 graphics and design including the virtual sets used on NBC and MSNBC. Mandragona, a 23-year NBC veteran, was the Creative Director for the launch of MSNBC in 1996.

Also departing NBC News, Cliff Kappler, who’s been with NBC for more than 40 years. Kappler, whose last day is tomorrow, is retiring from the company. Most recently Kappler has been with NBC News specials, but has worked on the Today show and in NBC’s London bureau.