the Christmas Demon of Germanic folklore whose job it was to punish the kids on Santa's Naughty List has been featured here before
. And while most people assume he is a better-left-forgotten relic of less gentle times (or less gentle places
), he appears to be having a resurgence this year, being featured everywhere from Buzzfeed
to The Awl
. He's getting a piece of the Christmas merchandise blitz
and of course he has his own website
. There is Krampus music
and he even speaks in his own defense
. And of course, he has a 'Folk Death Metal' band named after him
But the biggest Krampus Kontroversy today is via travel/food TV maven Anthony Bourdain, who wrote and had animated a cautionary Krampus story for the holiday edition of his show, which was rejected by his bosses at the Travel Channel
. Fortunately, you can still see it on YouTube
. Happy Holidays!
Always an enigma, John Zorn
, winner of a MacArthur Fellowship
, founder of avant garde record label Tzadik
proponent of radical Jewish culture
, leader of the hard core group Naked City
, creator of the Masada songbook,
of other things,
has, with the likes of Mark Ribot, Cyro Baptista and Mike Pattoon, released a heart-breakingly lovely Christmas record, A Dreamer's Christmas. [more inside]
Twenty-Five Semi-Obscure Traditional Christmas Songs as Performed by Famous and Non-Famous People:
1. The Coventry Carol
. Celebrate the end of Christmas with this cheerful song about infants being murdered by a paranoid monarch. Actually quite beautiful. As performed by Sting
, Joan Baez
, John Denver
, Nox Arcana
, Loreena McKennitt
, Manheim Steamroller
, Alison Moyet
, Annie Lennox and the African Children's Choir
, Sufjan Stevens
, Hayley Westenra
, The Mediaeval Baebes
, Dinah Shore
, and the Westminster Cathedral Choir
. [more inside]
A sub-directorate of the Bureau of Special Christmas Operations (BOSCO), Santa's Little Secret Service
is an Elvish security agency with the primary mission of ensuring the safety of Santa, Mrs. Claus and other high-value Christmas persons. The Service is separated into divisions
focusing on personal protection, diplomatic protection, intelligence, and Christmas certainty operations.
When not protecting Santa, LSS can found assisting in protection of other high-value, Holiday persons, such as the Easter Bunny
with the help of their unique Candy Cane weapons
Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy played on a glass harp
Last Year Next Year This Year New Year
[co-starring Debbie Harry] is a follow up to the classic 2006 John Roberts
video The Christmas Tree
] both starring your Mom. [more inside]
The Seven Worst Gifts for Children!
This year’s list of the worst toys is brought to you by plastics, those bright synthetic polymers that threaten to overtake the living rooms of middle-class parents.
A perfect storm of terrible, two sharks trying to jump each other - Justin Bieber's steampunk version of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Monkees Sing Ríu Ríu Chíu
-- a traditional Spanish Christmas Carol. (SLYT)
This years Gavle Goat has already been set ablaze.
The Gävle Goat was mentioned on the blue
a few years ago. The Gävle Goat is a 13-meter (42+ feet) tall straw structure that’s built in the center of Gävle, Sweden at Christmastime every year. And every year somebody has tried to burn this giant Yuletide Goat
to the ground. Often successfully. Well, it happened again today at 2:54 am. This year there is film of the fire
as well as a live webcam
of its charred remains.
"Once more we're starting to look forward to Christmas. Whilst the shops are advertising all the material things we can look foward to, we're despatching enjoyment in the form of music
- treasures from Christmases gone by
." - musical advent calendars from the Norwegian Institute for Recorded Sound
You've probably all seen or read Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas
(1 2 3
). But did you know about its Halloween sequel, Halloween Is Grinch Night
? The first Dr. Seuss special to feature music from Joe Raposo
, it has finally been released on DVD
. Or you can watch it on YouTube (1 2
You've seen the popular LMFAO's Party Rock
, but have you seen Potter Rock
? The Christmas light show
? How about the Pokemon!
versions? Speaking of Indian parodies, have you seen Thriller
When Brandon left for camp
, his last words were, "stay out of my room!" Unfortunately for Brandon, he has the
most awesome family in the entire world. [more inside]
Holiday season getting you down? Perhaps knowing
how Brian Butterfield
might cheer you up.
Bonus feature: the full Peter Serafinowicz 2008 Christmas special, part 1
, part 2
, part 3
Previously, Brian Butterfield's netsight
Profoundly not safe for work.
25 years of Christmas
Dad tapes his kids reacting to Christmas for twenty-five years and edits it together into a single video. (via
Two Christmases previously
, but still a classic:
Francis Coppola's and William Burroughs's The Junky's Christmas
Now on YouTube in four parts: 1 2 3 4 [more inside]
REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY TO CHILDREN WHILE TRACKING SANTA WITH NORAD
Every year NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) helps track Santa Claus's movement around the globe [previously
]. The transcript of First Lady Michelle Obama's conversations with kids on Christmas as she watches the radar, sent to the White House press list last night, is absolutely adorable. Much more at the Norad Santa headquarters
, and an interview with the head researcher
at the Department of Energy tasked with tracking St Nick.
This is surely, without question, the best interpretation of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" ever recorded. The best
. Merry Christmas!
These days, with Christmas getting more and more commercial, it's occasionally hard to keep track of all the reasons to celebrate. One of the big reasons though is a very special birthday. The birth of something that changed the world. I'm referring, of course, to the birth of the world wide web
. [more inside]
Merry Christmas from Shallow Gravy
(aka Hank Venture and best friend-slash-spoiler alert Dermott) and most of the cast of The Venture Bros.
that Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick could assemble without calling anyone else. [more inside]
This Christmas Eve spare a thought for the Chrildren of Iceland, who will be suffering a traumatising visit from Kertasníkir
, or "Candle Beggar", the thirteenth and final of the strange and somewhat sinister Icelandic Santas, or Yule lads, who are the childre of the ogress Gryla
. Most of them don't seem to care if you've been bad or good - mainly they want to steal your food and wreck stuff. [more inside]
The recently released motion picture Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
is based on two short films by director Jalmari Helander: Rare Exports Inc.
and Rare Exports: Official Safety Instructions
(2005). (NSFW due to naked Santa)
On Christmas Eve, exactly 100 years ago
, Luisa Tetrazzini
, the most famous opera singer of her day, sang in the streets of San Francisco as a gift to the city she loved. 250,000 people, most of them survivors of the 1906 earthquake listened in silence as she began with "The Last Rose of Summer
," then sang along as she ended with "Auld Lang Syne."
For many years the BBC had a tradition of showing a dramatisation of a classic ghost story at Christmas. This tradition is being continued this year with Whistle and I'll Come to You
being shown tonight staring John Hurt. An adaptation of the same classic MR James story
was shown in 1968 staring Michael Hordern beginning the tradition (1
). [more inside]
"Two New York City men
feel a tremendous responsibility to respond properly when they mysteriously receive hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus at their Chelsea apartment." [more inside]
SLYT: Awesome Silent Monks singing the Halleluia chorus!
Did this really not make it here yet? Totally awesome, but delete with prejudice if it's lame or a double. If not, Happy Holidays to everyone!
A Beijing graphics design house makes with the stylish and creepy in a Neil Gaiman adaptation of his tongue-in-cheek mini-story, "Nicholas Was."
(2 3 4 5
) Traditional Christmas Songs played on a casio keyboard by a man in a conehead mask.
Connecticut was once the home of the national bell business, with more than 30 bell foundries based in East Hampton alone
. Now a lone survivor, Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, is thriving there, manufacturing everything from cow bells with college logos for the football season to traditional sleigh and dinner bells. (Lifted from girlhacker)
This year's top holiday duet doesn't feature Mariah Carey or Will Ferrell. It's Rodney the Mailman [local news]
and Andrew WK [original]
, live from the Chicago offices of the Onion AV Club in their Holiday Undercover project.
In typical Andrew WK style, a slightly... different version
is also available.
But this is not Rodney's first appearance -- nor are these covers few and far between. [more inside]
"The Star Wars Christmas Special"
finally rights the wrong that was "The Star Wars Holiday Special"
(which is available on YouTube, should you want to go there: Part 1
, Part 2
, & Part 3
"And she was like 'oh my gosh I'm going to have the son of God'. And then she was like 'no I can't, I'm not married and stuff.'" The Christmas story, told by Kiwi kids.
In 1933, a mysterious benefactor posted an ad
in the local Canton, Ohio paper, offering some Christmas funds to people who might otherwise shy away from asking for aid, even in those tough times. That Anonymous Giver went by the pseudonym "Mr. B. Virdot," and ended up giving some money to 150 families and people in town who wrote in with their personal stories. The unknown person's identity was never revealed, and his true identity was not even known to his grandson, until the mysterious benefactor's daughter gave her son, Ted Gup, a battered suitcase full of letters and checks signed by "Mr. B. Virdot"
. The mysterious man was Samuel J. Stone, a Jewish man whose family had fled Romania when he was young. Stone had done well in the United States, and owned a small chain of clothing stores in 1933. The story of the mysterious gifts hasn't faded from Canton
, and on November 5 of this year, Stone's grandson, Gup, gave a public talk to the community and decedents of the original recipients of Virdot's gifts.
And now, Canton residents are bringing back the spirit of Virdot
. [more inside]