Although it was his first trip to Capitol Hill with coal in hand, Old St. Nick paid lawmakers a visit just last week, when he entered the office of Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE (R-Ohio). He told BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE staffers at the time, “Now, I know he doesn’t want me to come back in two weeks with a bag of coal … Merry Christmas.”

No word on where Santa’s reindeer and elves were, and why he had to lug his deliveries around town himself.

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