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Xmas Persecution Complex Letdown

Christians install creche near Supreme Court hoping for controversy and nobody cares.
posted by MrSoyBoy on Dec 8, 2005 - 44 comments

The darker side of Christmas...

Who travels with St. Nicholas? Most of us didn't learn about Krampus in elementary school, but apparently Santa Claus doesn't just rely on positive reinforcement. Gather the kiddies around and teach them about the "Christmas Devil."
posted by Citizen Premier on Dec 8, 2005 - 12 comments

Christmas carols reviewed

Christmas carols reviewed It's that time of year again for the Christmas Abstract: a music reviewer casts his ear upon tunes of the season. Mostly acerbic, but still interesting. Even includes dialog between Jesus and the Pottery Barn music director.
posted by forrest on Dec 7, 2005 - 20 comments

Supported by Mother

Vote Chris Christmas Rodriguez for Santa. [MI]
posted by bluedaniel on Dec 6, 2005 - 7 comments

christ died for your convenience.

Wait. What?
posted by keswick on Dec 6, 2005 - 119 comments

Zwarte Pieten

It's that time of year again: Dutch people dressing in blackface.
posted by bigmike on Dec 6, 2005 - 52 comments

Joy to the world! The Lord has gum!

Joy to the world! The Lord has gum! "Good King Wences' car backed out / On the feet of heathens..." We've discussed Mondegreens (misheard lyrics), but tis the season for Christmas Mondegreens. Snopes has culled out some great ones, and there's also a book of them, "Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly."
posted by GaelFC on Dec 5, 2005 - 51 comments

Merry Christmash!

Santastic: Holiday boots for your stockings. Mash-ups of decades of Christmas records just in time for the holidays. The quality varies throughout, but it makes for some fun manic listening if you've grown tired of the same perennial chestnuts. Merry Christmash to all, and to all a boot night.
posted by Robot Johnny on Dec 3, 2005 - 14 comments

Ho Ho Ho?

"It's like putting Christmas lights up on your FEMA trailer."
posted by empath on Dec 1, 2005 - 41 comments

Stop, drop, and promptly soil yourself.

One dry scotch pine tree, plus one string of old christmas lights, has the potential to add up to a really bad day. [qt] This can happen after a tree has been drying for three weeks or so. [pdf] So please - keep them watered!
posted by icosahedral on Nov 30, 2005 - 30 comments

Ho! Ho! Ho! Friend or Foe!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Friend or Foe! Falwell fighting for Holy Holiday! Bill O'Reilly joins the fray! But wait, where does the White House stand on this vital issue?
posted by Otis on Nov 30, 2005 - 206 comments

That Was The Worst Christmas Ever!

Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance! Just in time for the holidays! Three EPs of Christmas Songs as performed by one Sufjan Stevens. They are Bad Rad, I promise.
posted by hughbot on Nov 29, 2005 - 12 comments

JCB Song Revisited

Remember the JCB Song? [Warning: Flash and Heart Warming Cuteness] Well they're going for a much coveted Christmas Number 1! Their single is released December 12th in the UK.
Non-UK residents may be unfamiliar with the Christmas Number 1 phenomenon - Being #1 in the music charts on Christmas Day - guaranteeing near-constant air-play and exposure. Disclaimer: Not affiliated with the band. Just sick of rubbish xmas #1s.
posted by lemonfridge on Nov 22, 2005 - 22 comments

Pimp my Hizzouse

HouseBlinger collects photos of Christmas-decorated homes all over England.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Nov 22, 2005 - 13 comments

Christmas Truce Veteran

Last Survivor of 1914 Christmas Truce Dies in Scotland
posted by IndigoJones on Nov 21, 2005 - 18 comments

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Upside-Down Christmas Trees - Demand is growing. The media seems to have caught on to the trend...playing right into the hands of the sellers. Get yours today (if they haven't already sold out), for a mere $599.95. On one hand, it seems like a good space-saving idea. On the other, how much more commercial can Christmas get? "Target has three such upside-down trees on its website, touting their best attribute: 'Leaves more room on the floor for gifts!'"
posted by clgregor on Nov 10, 2005 - 67 comments

Fox News Saves Christmas! (again)

It's almost time for the annual "Christmas Is Under Attack" declaration spewed by Fox News. This is the 10th anniversary of my favorite strawman argument. John Gibson delivers the first shot in this phony culture-war battle with an action packed new book to defeat the anonymous liberal secularists out to destroy Santa.

From Amazon: John Gibson, a popular anchor for the Fox News Channel, has been digging up evidence about the liberal activists, lawyers, politicians, educators, and media people who are leading the war on Christmas. And he reveals that the situation is worse than you can imagine.
posted by DougieZero1982 on Oct 22, 2005 - 72 comments

Evlewt Syad Fo Samtsirch

Twelve Days Of Christmas : as sung and customised by the cast of Twin Peaks circa 1990. A disturbing new addition to your 2005 Halloween party mix! Note distinct lack of Lynchian subversiveness. via The Morning News
posted by elphTeq on Feb 8, 2005 - 27 comments

Shock Value!

"To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about..." - John Waters

Gotta give him credit... he never loses the ability to shake people up, this time on NPR.
Listen for yourself to the "offending" piece here. (Safe bet he's giggling about it all...)
posted by miss lynnster on Jan 26, 2005 - 21 comments

Bluetooth Christmas Tree Redux

Remember the Bluetooth Christmas Tree? Here is what it received:
Modem users or Broadband users - Quicktime
posted by Mwongozi on Jan 2, 2005 - 3 comments

Yes, Metafilter, there IS a Santa Claus

T.E.R.D. Tangible Evidence. Real Discoveries. Dr. Lloyd Darrow may have proof that something - or someone - really exists.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Dec 25, 2004 - 8 comments

Haughy-lujah!

Santa Santa Santa Santa It's Friday, it's Flash, it's Christmas Eve, so....
posted by SPrintF on Dec 24, 2004 - 17 comments

Fa la la la la... la la la la.

The history of the Christmas tree began in Germany. They are a fairly recent tradition in America, a country which first shunned any "frivolity" over the sacred holidays until Queen Victoria made Christmas trees cool. The American addition of electric Christmas lights, on the other hand, is a fairly recent tradition in Germany, a country where Christmas tree candles are still in use. Even in 2004, electric Christmas lights are used far less extensively in Europe than America... but maybe someday they'll want to be cool like us, too.
posted by miss lynnster on Dec 24, 2004 - 29 comments

Hot Dog!

Why Pottersville is better than Bedford Falls. Merry Christmas you old building and loan!
posted by braun_richard on Dec 23, 2004 - 22 comments

Santa!

Watch the sky! He's coming soon! With fighter escort!
posted by arse_hat on Dec 23, 2004 - 15 comments

Don't send a card - just sing!!

Merry Christmas from James My sister sent me this link from a friend that didn't want to send out cards this year - he's not much of a singer but I thought it was a great idea! Hallmark could be in danger...
posted by matty on Dec 23, 2004 - 32 comments

'We are the Gay Men's Radical Singing Caucus!' the lead singer yelled in his exquisite tenor.

Tis the Season -- a new short story from China Mieville, just in time for the Holidays™ ... Don't get me wrong. I haven't got shares in YuleCo™, and I can't afford a one-day end-user licence, so I couldn't have a legal party. I'd briefly considered buying from one of the budget competitors like XmasTym, or a spinoff from a non-specialist like Coca-Crissmas, but the idea of doing it on the cheap was just depressing...
posted by amberglow on Dec 23, 2004 - 14 comments

20 Years of Christmas

20 Years of Christmas
Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goulet (for $12 each)
posted by miss lynnster on Dec 23, 2004 - 18 comments

In this corner...

James Lileks vs. James Wolcott. That link is Wolcott's blog entry about this whole "Merry Christmas" vs. "Happy Holidays" thing. This is Lileks' response. Can't wait for Round 2!
posted by braun_richard on Dec 22, 2004 - 121 comments

Welcome to Dumf**kistan

Santa Saves Time and Money by simply skipping over the Blue States. SNL still somehow relevant. TV Funhouse still on the good side of that damn shark.
posted by wah on Dec 22, 2004 - 26 comments

There must have been some magic in that old silk they found...

Merry Christmas, Interweb! Though it's become part of a larger media conglomerate, the Chicago T.V. station famous for Bozo the Clown has dusted off some old footage from its archives. Among the goodies converted to Flash format are a Frosty the Snowman cartoon which inspired a bit of online detective work, as well as a more recent holiday favorite, The Yule Log.
posted by Smart Dalek on Dec 20, 2004 - 10 comments

Twelve STIs of Christmas

Twelve STIs of Christmas I can't decide if the lyrics are better than the animated men or not, but the twelve STIs of christmas is possibly the best public health propoganda I've ever seen. [Flash][SFW. Probably][And technically double post, but it's a great one. And it's christmas.]
posted by twine42 on Dec 20, 2004 - 12 comments

It was Christmas. It was merry.

If Hemingway wrote A Visit from St. Nick. By Thurber, published all the way back in 1927.
posted by CunningLinguist on Dec 20, 2004 - 19 comments

Scared of Santa

Ho Ho Waaaahhhh!! A lot of kids don't like standing in long lines. A lot of kids don't like strangers (especially ones with big fake beards who are laughing dementedly). A lot of kids don't like having their pictures taken. Put them all together, and you've got the nightmare of the Kid's Photo With Santa, some unfortunate results of which are immortalized in the Scared Of Santa Photo Gallery. (Link is to #2, which is my favorite.)
posted by Kat Allison on Dec 18, 2004 - 56 comments

Christmas Cards

With the dangers of e-Christmas cards becoming apparent, perhaps it is time to return to sending Christmas cards the old fashioned way. Or not.
posted by Quartermass on Dec 18, 2004 - 11 comments

Bah and the Humbugs!

No Xmas in U.S. this year: Santa on Fed's "No Fly" list.
Okay, that's just "News" from the website of satiric rockers Bah and the Humbugs, skewering Xmas since 1985. MP3s of the entirety of this year's CD Farhenheit 12/25 are available on the website, or you can buy the CD for $10 and all ten sheckles go to the UN World Food Programme. More tracks here, including the "Jolly Roger the Xmas Pirate" series and "Free the Reindeer. " Great stuff for that awkward holiday family get-together, where the music won't offend but the cool lyrics can keep you chuckling to yourself all night.
posted by Shane on Dec 17, 2004 - 4 comments

Christmas Letters to Christopher Walken

Christmas Letters to Christopher Walken - Santa not coming through? Try Mr. Creepy.
posted by amandaudoff on Dec 17, 2004 - 26 comments

Annual airing of grievances

The War on Christmas. "What we are witnessing here are hate crimes against Christianity." Angered by perceived attacks on the Christ part of Christmas, Christians are taking a page from GWB and staging pre-emptive cultural strikes around the country. Or are they? Is this effort a bigger attack against Judaism and the rest of the nonbelievers/scapegoats, an honest attempt by Christians to "save" the holiday, or a media-manufactured controversy? (Air out your holiday spirit, but save your own personal grievances for December 23.)
posted by mrgrimm on Dec 16, 2004 - 212 comments

Because it's too big a sack for one man to carry.

Elfster is a free web-based utility for automating Secret Santa gift exchanges. My office is Holiday-Cheer-Challenged this year, but after finding Elfster, things are looking up. There's nothing a tech company likes more than a new-fangled spin on a classic.
posted by FlamingBore on Dec 14, 2004 - 10 comments

Bluetooth Christmas Tree

The Tate Britain Christmas Tree
Every year the Tate Britain art gallery invites an artist to design a Christmas Tree to put on display. This year, artist Richard Wentworth has incorporated a bluetooth receiver into his tree. Files sent to the tree, or uploaded via the web, will be "unwrapped" online on Christmas Day.
posted by Mwongozi on Dec 13, 2004 - 3 comments

Buy Nothing Christmas

The perfect Christmas gift for the geek in your life. Or maybe you need something for your new niece or nephew? Then again, this site may have all the stuff on your gift shopping list.
posted by Doohickie on Dec 11, 2004 - 24 comments

I made him a giraffe, which can keep a lookout for him

A Clown Ministry Christmas. With the ever-present crush of Yuletide commercialism, perhaps this can help you remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. More generalized Clown Ministry skits can be found here.
posted by Swampjazz! on Dec 7, 2004 - 10 comments

Speculaas, pepernoten & Bisschopswijn

Sinterklaas is coming to town. Christmas comes early for Dutch children. Or rather, Sinterklaas does, having brought his gifts this weekend. While many Anglo-American Christmas traditions owe much to marketing schemes, the Dutch attachment to mulled wine and spiced biscuits harks back to earlier times. Perhaps too much so: with ongoing racial tensions following the murder of Theo van Gogh, the annual debate over 'zwarte piet', Santa's blackfaced little helper, has been especially heated. (One advantage of artificial traditions is that they tend to avoid such messy questions.) Nevertheless, here's the motherlode of Sinterklaas links, including songs, recipes and background.
posted by holgate on Dec 5, 2004 - 25 comments

Christmas Pudding.

The Scarlet Whore of Babylon must've been a culinary genius. After all, the Quakers credited her with the invention of the Christmas pudding. Being American, I grew up thinking that the world of pudding began and ended here. Boy, was I wrong! This traditional dessert has made its mark on everything -- from great literature and film to atomic modeling. While Stir-up Sunday has been and gone, I think that as long as Christmas hasn't arrived, it's never too late to make your own. (And once you've eaten your fill, try your hand at the game!)
posted by fricative on Dec 5, 2004 - 16 comments

A Muppet Christmas with Zbigniew Brzezinski (1978)

The Ten Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time. From An Algonquin Round Table Christmas to Noam Chomsky: Deconstructing Christmas, these are the worst Christmas specials ever. I'd pay good money to see the Ayn Rand one for real.
posted by apathy0o0 on Dec 4, 2004 - 44 comments

Should Christ be kept out of Christmas?

Christ out of Christmas Have the retailers won the war on Christmas over the religious folks? (WMP)
posted by dov3 on Dec 3, 2004 - 67 comments

Who ate Baby Jesus?

Who ate Baby Jesus? You may well ask yourself if you should become owner of this here nativity scene made entirely out of S'Mores.
posted by brookish on Dec 2, 2004 - 21 comments

Trade ‘em! It’s infectious!

I’ll trade you my Ebola for your Hantavirus! This Christmas give the little scientist in the family infectious diseases trading cards!
posted by arse_hat on Dec 1, 2004 - 11 comments

A Singular Christmas

A Singular Christmas. You know how you're so busy during the holidays that you don't have time to listen to all that Christmas music you love some much? Brian Whitman and his Eigenradio have taken all the hassle out of holiday music-listening for you by "play[ing] only the most important frequencies."
posted by soplerfo on Dec 1, 2004 - 6 comments

Yule Never Find Another Love Like Mine...

Traditional annual advent calendar post: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, and 10.
posted by nthdegx on Dec 1, 2004 - 4 comments

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