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This Holiday Season…eh, screw it.

In 2008 my mother called and told me since I was away at school, I wouldn’t be in the Christmas photo that year. She jokingly suggested I “sober up” and send out my own Christmas cards.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 25, 2016 - 8 comments

I'll pass on the mistletoe

Thanks to the magic of video editing, we can have a Peacock Spider Christmas (SLYT). Aw, look at all the tiny little eyes.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll on Dec 25, 2016 - 19 comments

The Ultimate Guide To Winning Your White Elephant Gift Exchange

Just in time for the holidays, FiveThirtyEight devises a simple method to "winning" a white elephant/Yankee swap gift exchange.
posted by reenum on Dec 22, 2016 - 50 comments

"Christmas is a Time for Joy"

Chance the Rapper and Jeremih released a surprise Christmas mixtape this morning, also featuring Noname (previously), Lud Foe, and Hannibal Buress.
posted by Copronymus on Dec 22, 2016 - 7 comments

Christmas Music for People Who Hate Christmas Music

Want the humbugs to hum along? Amelia has been making Christmas mixes for a long time. She started sixteen years ago with cassettes. CD-Rs forced her to adopt another technology. Now she has adopted Mixcloud which loses a bit of personalization, but more of us can benefit can benefit from her good holiday music selections.
posted by christopher.taylor on Dec 20, 2016 - 15 comments

5 Forgotten Christmas ghost stories

"Having experienced both sides of Christmas, there is but one constant I am aware of that serves you well both in the merriest of times and in the darkest: the classic English Christmas ghost story.
posted by smoke on Dec 20, 2016 - 23 comments

ITs love Christmas too

Sophos IT Christmas (single link Xmas ad but fun anyway).
posted by CCBC on Dec 19, 2016 - 4 comments

Unicorn meat appears twice

Can't figure out what to get your least-favorite friends and relatives? You probably can't find any of these creepy vintage toys, but there many classy gift ideas in these brilliant and useless lists.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 19, 2016 - 13 comments

We shrug and smile and say 'Oh, well / It’s merely this depression.'

Oh, well _ in spite of it all _ here's a Merry Christmas From The Pineros. An xmas card from 1933, courtesy of the Smithsonian and the McCormick family.
posted by Greg Nog on Dec 19, 2016 - 11 comments

Women pose with Christmas trees

Women posing with Christmas trees circa 1950s & 1960s.
posted by slipthought on Dec 18, 2016 - 94 comments

Baby It's Still Cold Outside

Often referred to as The Date Rape Song, these singers have renovated Baby It's Cold Outside. Lydia Lisa and Josiah Lemansky's remake of Baby it's Cold Outside. and this: Another couple with a slightly different take on the song.
posted by BoscosMom on Dec 17, 2016 - 73 comments

Hwæt, Hrodulf readnosa hrandeor

This Anglo-Saxon Version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Might Be More Epic Than Beowulf. Maybe, maybe not, but: Via Etymonline on Facebook, who says “An Internet classic; but I can no longer find it where I first found it (Cathy Ball’s Old English reference pages). [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Dec 16, 2016 - 11 comments

BMJ Christmas Edition

Every year the British Medical Journal publishes a special Christmas edition. [more inside]
posted by alby on Dec 16, 2016 - 8 comments

Andy Cirzan's Warblings from the Enchanted Forest

It's time once again for holiday music connoisseur Andy Cirzan to melt your (snowman's) face off with the rare and bizarre on Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2016. The accompanying mix will soon be available for free download until the end of the year: watch this space for Andy Claus' visit. Or mine the archives for prior holiday weirdness. [more inside]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Dec 16, 2016 - 4 comments

Which version of "A Christmas Carol?" ALL OF THEM.

Over the last 18 months, YouTuber Heath Waterman has edited 400 versions of A Christmas Carol in film, television, songs, comics and more into one new, amazing supercut adaptation. [h/t]
posted by Room 641-A on Dec 15, 2016 - 19 comments

Simply Having a Ghost-Induced Nervous Breakdown

Action star Lunge Dolphin counts down his favorite Christmas films to help you get in the holiday spirit. (SLYT)
posted by Parasite Unseen on Dec 14, 2016 - 13 comments

Christmas Songs You Won't Hear At The Mall

This seems like a good start. I'm sure we can add to the list!
posted by COD on Dec 14, 2016 - 88 comments

#FuckThisShit: An Advent Devotional

Day Sixteen So as you ask “Where is your God?”, Michael Brown looks you [in the] eye. He smiles. He says, “Fuck. This. Shit.” [more inside]
posted by Deeleybopper on Dec 13, 2016 - 12 comments

Oh good. Let's just get all of our holiday nightmares out at once.

30 Creepy Mall Santas. (Distractify) 16 more. (Buzzfeed) Another 14. (The FW) 10 more. (Top Tenz) Last one. (Macy's) [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 8, 2016 - 13 comments

Lots of flowers for the seasonal mood

An A.I. wrote a Christmas song and...yeah.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 8, 2016 - 48 comments

First off, you have to make ALL the cookies

What Christmas means, when you're the mom. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Dec 7, 2016 - 72 comments

That is when I say, oh yes yet again, can you stop the cavalry?

It is the time of year when the voice of Jona Lewie, a musician since school and a composer and performer across several genre for over half a century, becomes frequently heard in shops and on radio. Stop the Cavalry is a single from 1980 (live: [1] [2] [3]); the arguably anti-war protest song was not originally intended to be a Christmas single, and was kept off the #1 UK chart spot by songs from the recently deceased John Lennon and the St Winifred's School Choir. The tune, often covered by brass bands, is more well-known in the USA through the cover by The Cory Band with The Gwalia Singers (also Gwalia Singers on own and background). However, Jona was successful before this... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 6, 2016 - 20 comments

Here comes the Santa Claus (Ladies and gentlemen!)

Hamildolph (An American Christmas Story) An a capella re-singing of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in the style of Hamilton, by Eclipse 6. (The antlers are the perfect icing on the cake.)
posted by current resident on Dec 5, 2016 - 10 comments

Peepaw's Christmas Party!

Every winter Katie Faflik's Peepaw throws a holiday party, with one guest dressed as Winter Man. Is it Gregg this year [Facebook]? Snaps from Peepaw's Thanksgiving party, with all the trimmings [also Facebook]. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Dec 4, 2016 - 23 comments

Are you a holly-jolly, a semi-purist, a purist, or a liturgical purist?

When is it appropriate to play Christmas music? WARNING: Paginated article. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Nov 29, 2016 - 222 comments

Decorate the tree the way we deserve

Step-by-step guide to making a dumpster fire ornament for 2016.
posted by Cash4Lead on Nov 25, 2016 - 22 comments

It's not even Halloween yet

But the folks in Garðabær have been busy [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Oct 17, 2016 - 8 comments

2016 Christmas shopping: underway

As the (northern hemisphere) summer rapidly disappears, the nights draw in and temperatures plummet, so the English are Christmas shopping. Seasonal foods appear on shelves, while the Selfridges Christmas store is now open and big supermarkets flag the approaching holiday. At Harrods, the Christmas range has been launched, while in Derbyshire Christmas pudding production is ramping up, and inns and hotels in towns such as Durham compete for Christmas Day meal bookings. For shoppers too impatient to wait, the 2014 British video game "Christmas Shopper Simulator" (play through). Days to go.
posted by Wordshore on Aug 3, 2016 - 43 comments

It's not really Christmas until you hear Shatner scream.

For the past twenty-five years, Hallmark has included Star Trek themed Christmas ornaments in it's annual Keepsake ornament series (Memory Alpha has a complete rundown). These range from ships to characters to props to memorable scenes. However, none of these compare to this years' contributions, which include perhaps the pinnacle of their efforts.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 23, 2016 - 27 comments

(Oh yeah!) I heard there was a secret chord

Did you ever realize that the word "Hallelujah" has the same syllable count and stress pattern as "Waluigi?"
SO!: It's a Cold and a Broken Waluigi - And here, with adjusted lyrics (but without the voice) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 25, 2016 - 28 comments

Victorian sense of humour

How would you react if you received one of these weirdly wonderful Easter or Christmas cards? The BBC shows us a collection of the cards that were exchanged during Victorian times.
posted by cynical pinnacle on Mar 28, 2016 - 27 comments

Christmas Quackers

How to wrap a duck for Christmas. (slyt)
posted by ApathyGirl on Jan 5, 2016 - 14 comments

Coffee's for closers.

Third prize is "You're fired."
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 28, 2015 - 40 comments

This man is a force of nature. Look at the footwork!

FiveThirtyEight takes on the challenge: It’s a debate as old as time — or, at least as old as 1965’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas Special.” Of the many revelers throwing down sick moves to “Linus & Lucy” by The Vince Guaraldi Trio, who would you most like to party with?
posted by 1367 on Dec 28, 2015 - 47 comments

Hacking for the Holidays

Christmas Experiments is a collection of Yuletide-themed browser toys and minigames, one for each day in December until Christmas. Each one was created by a different programmer / artist. Don't miss past years' entries: 2013; 2012. When you're done playing, check out the code on GitHub. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Dec 25, 2015 - 2 comments

You heard me, Urich! Clean out your desk!

Yes, Virginia, There is a Spider-Man: An Editorial by J. Jonah Jameson. From the indispensable Bully the Little Stuffed Bull and Comics Oughta Be Fun!
posted by themanwho on Dec 25, 2015 - 5 comments

The Myth of High Suicide Rates During the Holidays

According to the CDC, November and December are the months with the fewest suicides. [more inside]
posted by a strong female character on Dec 25, 2015 - 31 comments

“Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age.”

Sleeping In on Christmas? by Claire Cain Miller [The New York Times] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Dec 25, 2015 - 30 comments

Merry Christmas from Ray, Beef, Pat, Téodor and Cornelius!

After a twenty-month hiatus, Chris Onstad wishes us all a Happy Holliday with a new Achewood strip, plus some other new content. (Warning: NSFW. NSFFamily, probably, either.)
posted by Navelgazer on Dec 25, 2015 - 45 comments

Christmas Will Break Your Heart

Christmas will crush your soul, like that laid back rock n roll ... LCD Soundsystem has given the world one small perfect song this Christmas eve (via James Murphy). You can get it on vinyl (limited run) or iTunes and probably through other sources. But not radio. Never radio. Damn it. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Dec 24, 2015 - 16 comments

Bonus points for a towel on exercise equipment

Sleeping under an original My Little Pony single bed set tonight? Or sharing with your uncle and the Christmas tree? Or bedding down in the garage, next to the punch bag? For the last few years Rhodri Marsden has been sharing the people of Twitter's Christmas eve sleeping arrangements, in all their awkward, makeshift, regressive glory. You can view this year's on his timeline @rhodri.
posted by Helga-woo on Dec 24, 2015 - 53 comments

Playing up the Santa angle is effortless

Wrapping paper is very bad. There are four ways you can defeat it. by Jeb Lund.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 24, 2015 - 42 comments

Isa ibn-Maryam (Jesus, son of Mary)

Why more American Muslims are celebrating Christmas this year: For many Muslims, Christmas activates all kinds of anxieties. A religious holiday that challenges the Muslim interpretation of Jesus, it’s also a secular celebration—almost impossible to avoid—which is far more influential than any Muslim celebration in the West. See also: 6 things you didn’t know about Jesus in Islam.
posted by Cash4Lead on Dec 24, 2015 - 53 comments

"I’m getting to be a rather old Santa Claus. A little lonely as well"

In 1963 Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated a letter from Santa Claus for the Finnish post office, which was inundated with letters to Santa. It has now been scanned and posted by the Moomin company on its blog as part of its regular series of letters from Tove Jansson.
posted by Kattullus on Dec 24, 2015 - 5 comments

“Our Christmases together were simple. ”

“My Christmas in New York” by Harper Lee, Illustrations by Bill Bragg [The Guardian]
“Several years ago, I was living in New York and working for an airline, so I never got home to Alabama for Christmas – if, indeed, I got the day off. To a displaced southerner, Christmas in New York can be rather a melancholy occasion, not because the scene is strange to one far from home, but because it is familiar: New York shoppers evince the same singleness of purpose as slow-moving southerners; Salvation Army bands and Christmas carols are alike the world over; at that time of year, New York streets shine wet with the same gentle farmer’s rain that soaks Alabama’s winter fields. I missed Christmas away from home, I thought. What I really missed was a memory, an old memory of people long since gone, of my grandparents’ house bursting with cousins, smilax and holly. I missed the sound of hunting boots, the sudden open-door gusts of chilly air that cut through the aroma of pine needles and oyster dressing. I missed my brother’s night-before-Christmas mask of rectitude and my father’s bumblebee bass humming Joy To The World.”
posted by Fizz on Dec 24, 2015 - 9 comments

We settled in Astoria and it was here that I met Christopher Walken

Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays "This special features Lidia and six celebrity guests—Christopher Walken, Ann Curry, Padma Lakshmi, Rita Moreno, Marcus Samuelson and Carlo Ponti, Jr. as they share their immigrant experiences and holiday traditions."
posted by kliuless on Dec 24, 2015 - 1 comment

King William's College General Knowledge Quiz 2015-16

It's Christmas Eve, so what better to do than partake in the Metafilter holiday tradition (previously; previouslier) of attempting probably the hardest quiz in the world: The King William's College General Knowledge Paper (Guardian). [more inside]
posted by Pink Frost on Dec 24, 2015 - 52 comments

Various tales of Mrs. Santa Claus, helper and hero in Christmases past

The stories, legends and history that lead to the modern Santa Claus go back to the third century, but what of his better half? She is a relatively recent invention, at least in written form. First mentioned in reference and passing in 1849 and 1851 respectively, Mrs. Claus finally appears in person, with a babe in arms, in 1854 in a story written in The Opal volume 4 (a literary journal written by the patients of New York Lunatic Asylum in Utica). She didn't get a name until the 1996 musical TV movie, Mrs. Santa Claus, where Angela Lansbury is Mrs. Anna Santa Claus, the plucky wife of Mr. Claus who takes the sleigh out herself. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 23, 2015 - 29 comments

Dragoon and Red Mantle's Guild Christmas Cabaret

Merry Christmas from The Venture Bros. After a few years' hiatus, Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick return with the (formally) annual Venture Christmas song. For 2015, surgically-conjoined Guild of Calamitous Intent members Dragoon and Red Mantle revisit the Rankin-Bass classic "Miser Brothers."
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Dec 22, 2015 - 10 comments

I am here to tell the story... And I am here for the food.

‘We had to put Charles Dickens in the movie. Who’s the least likely character to be Charles Dickens? Gonzo!’ How we made: The Muppet Christmas Carol
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 22, 2015 - 60 comments

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