Downtown Des Moines, Iowa on Christmas Day. Credit: CNN's Carey Bodenheimer.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Greetings from desolate, downtown Des Moines. The normally bustling burg is quiet, save for the peal of church bells marking Christmas Day. No candidate events, no rallies, and no town meetings are being held anywhere in Iowa, as all of the candidates observe the holiday.
Most Iowans are home with family, while stray journalists haunt the hotel bars (or perhaps a few brave souls haunt the hotel gyms) and the skywalks of downtown Des Moines.
There is one event, though unofficial: Sen. Chris Dodd, his wife and daughters have invited the vagabond press corps to go ice skating this afternoon. And yours truly has heard tale of at least one open Chinese restaurant, and - somewhere - an open I.H.O.P.
–CNN's Carey Bodenheimer