For those of you who find interest in the Daf Yomi thread at this blog, but have no way of learning more on their own, Penguin has recently published an English-language book about the subject: The Talmud: A Selection (Penguin Classics). According to Lawrence Grossman, reviewing it in The Forward, it's actually a good introduction. Sounds like a fine Christmas present, don't you think?
Someday I ought to write a rumination about the phenomenon of how ever more traditional Jewish books are being translated into English, in what has become a phenomenon unprecedented since the heyday of Aramaic, 18 centuries ago. But I'm too busy right now, sorry.