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Christmas + Tamales =

It is not Christmas without tamales.
posted by bigmusic on Nov 29, 2007 - 37 comments

IS IT CHRISTMAS?

IS IT CHRISTMAS?
posted by boo_radley on Nov 27, 2007 - 125 comments

Lucky Soul's 'Lips Are Unhappy', an unlikely Xmas No. 1 contender

Lucky Soul's 'Lips Are Unhappy' isn't the likliest of contenders for the UK's coveted Christmas number one, but this is the track (from a shortlist) selected by listeners of Last.fm to receive Last.fm's backing. Profits go to charity, as is the norm for Xmas No. 1 entries.
posted by nthdegx on Nov 26, 2007 - 13 comments

Buy Handmade

I pledge to buy handmade this holiday season, and request that others do the same for me. Why? Better gifting experience, better ethics, better for the environment.
posted by divabat on Nov 23, 2007 - 95 comments

"You know Rudolph and Frosty, Kris Kringle and Ralphie . . . "

Park your carcass in front of the TV for the next six weeks. Here is the upcoming broadcast schedule for every show that has even the tiniest connection to The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
posted by Kibbutz on Nov 21, 2007 - 31 comments

flying plastic poop is something I need in my life

The 25 Most Baffling Toys From Around the World
posted by Stynxno on Nov 18, 2007 - 66 comments

From the land of the original Father Christmas

Rare Exports, Inc. They deliver the impeccable, well-mannered, and extremely rare original Finnish Father Christmases to nearly 150 countries every Christmas. Exclusively. [YouTube, NSFW.] [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Nov 15, 2007 - 15 comments

No one ever cares about the opinion of farmers

Ho Ho Ho? Hellz No Fat Man!
posted by Stynxno on Nov 15, 2007 - 40 comments

Nothing says "Christmas" like a serial killer!

What better way to evoke the Christmas spirit than with the picture of a vampiric serial killer?
posted by cerebus19 on Nov 9, 2007 - 21 comments

Sugar and spice and nothing nice

"A paper around her neck said she was Ida, but Ida said nothing at all." So tells the story of the saddest, unluckiest girl that ever lived. [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind on Sep 6, 2007 - 17 comments

Wishbook Web -- Christmas Catalogs through the 20th Century

Wishbook Web. Christmas catalogs scanned in their entirety from the 1944 Wards Catalog (152 pages) to the 1985 Sears Catalog (648 pages!). The site looks like it was built circa '97, but the scans are quite interesting. via - Similar posts to this one: 1, 2.
posted by Ufez Jones on Aug 27, 2007 - 28 comments

Standing on the rooftop, casting your gifts

Bob Dylan recites "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" Dylan reads the Christmas classic from his radio show.
posted by flarbuse on Feb 15, 2007 - 20 comments

Can't pay the rent if Ma can't scrub, can't pay the rent with a hole in the tub

Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas in six parts on Youtube. It may be well into January, but let this classic 1970's Muppet Christmas special cheer you. For the cynics who prefer to stay out in the January cold, here's a pretty cutting breakdown of same.
posted by Happy Dave on Jan 7, 2007 - 33 comments

Sorry, it's a bit late, but Merry Christmas

Do They Know It's Christmas? (MP3) The 1984 plea for Ethiopian famine aid, as performed by the cast of The Venture Bros. Also, Monarch & Dr. Girlfriend cover David Bowie and Bing Crosby(MP3).
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Dec 29, 2006 - 15 comments

For this post I had no message, and no agenda. I just thought it was funny.

So This Is (a Conservative) Christmas via the nobody'd-mistake-him-for-a-liberal Glenn Beck. Breaking news: Groups Turn Profit Defending Christmas. And the almost-50-years-young rebuttal to anyone who believes that the spiritual holiday of Christmas is cheapened by commercial entities that do NOT specifically invoke the name: Stan Freberg's Green Chri$tma$
posted by wendell on Dec 26, 2006 - 33 comments

Whatever happened to gold, frankincense, and myrrh?!?

Best wishes for a Christmas of peace and joy and a New Year of triumph over terrorism! from the U.S. Citizens Committee to Keep and Bear Arms, a.k.a. "the Common Sense Gun Lobby".

"If Jesus came back and saw what's going on in His name, He'd never stop throwing up." -- Woody Allen (Hannah And Her Sisters, 1986)
posted by Quiplash on Dec 25, 2006 - 45 comments

The Good Earth.

Christmas reading from Apollo 8. This is what they saw.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 25, 2006 - 30 comments

Radiohead Live - OK Computer Tour

Merry Christmas, Metafilter! In the spirit of the holiday, my gift for the Radiohead fans among you is this entire Radiohead concert (Google Vid), a non-bootleg produced for MTV originally recording from the OK Computer tour back in 1997. For the non-Radiohead fans, my gift is that I forgive you your imperfections. And finally, for those who don't celebrate Christmas, my gift is that I made you a cookie... but then I eated it.
posted by jonson on Dec 24, 2006 - 39 comments

working for a holiday wage

Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas - a Harvey Danger song for all those who keep the wheels turning. (YouTube alert)
posted by madamjujujive on Dec 24, 2006 - 22 comments

Insect intrigue - holidays and indiscretions

The Insects' Christmas - a 1913 Russian stop-motion film about a Father Christmas ornament come to life who rounds up the insects of the forest and Mr. Frog to celebrate the holiday. This film by Ladislaw Starewicz who also produced The Cameraman's Revenge, a wonderful stop-motion film of of insect infidelity. More on the incredible Ladislaw Starewicz and his films. (warning: insect sex and violence)
posted by madamjujujive on Dec 22, 2006 - 18 comments

You better watch out...

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you know Stekkjarstaur, Giljagaur, Stufur, Thvorusleikir, Pottaskefill, Askasleikir, Hurdarskellir, Skyrgamur, Bjugnakraekir, Gluggagaegir, Gattathefur, Ketkrokur and Kertasnikir? They're the Jolasveinar, the impish "Yuletide Lads" of Iceland, and those are only some of their many names. During the thirteen days before Christmas, legend says that they do their best to monkeywrench the celebrations with hijinks like stealing sausages, milk, and candles, and peeping into windows and up skirts. The children of gruesome child-eating trolls Gryla and Leppaludi, who were known for snatching naughty children, the elves got their start in the 17th century. In the years since, their image has apparently mellowed, and now they leave children presents in their shoes and limit themselves to mild pranks.
posted by Miko on Dec 22, 2006 - 21 comments

There's Something About "Merry"

"Have yourself a merry little Christmas. It may be your last." "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" has had several rewrites since Hugh Martin wrote the original lyrics for 1944's Meet Me in St. Louis. Judy Garland thought the song was "awfully dark" and Martin rewrote the lyrics for her performance in the movie. The penultimate line was "Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow." Frank Sinatra called Martin in 1957 and said, "The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?' Sinatra's version, with its peppier lyrics, became a holiday standard. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Dec 21, 2006 - 32 comments

unregiftable

Awful Christmas gifts come in many varieties. For starters, there's Yule Doos or Jingle Smells.
posted by nickyskye on Dec 20, 2006 - 10 comments

Fruitcake

The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Fruitcake - Fruitcake, much maligned, the butt of many jokes and practical jokes - and yet much esteemed by many, and an important part of many folks' holiday tradition and ritual. Thought we could explore some links on the subject. I think we could all learn to love this wonderful cake and appreciate its fine fruity nature.
posted by caddis on Dec 20, 2006 - 42 comments

The Ultimate Christmas Video Collection

101 Classic Christmas Videos The winter solstice is nearing, and Rudolph's on his way. So whether you're celebrating Festivus, or just being a blockhead, why not kick back with a nice glass of egg nog and a holiday classic?
posted by dhammond on Dec 19, 2006 - 15 comments

Christmas Decorating Obsession

Across America there are those who spend a significant amount of resources – dollars, time and energy consumption – to erect Christmas displays that attract hoards of drive-by visitors during the holiday season. In some places there are community websites dedicated to the pursuit of providing coordinated Christmas displays of lights and music in neighborhoods. PlanetChristmas is “THE place to learn from others how to create great Christmas displays for you and your community.” Show off your Christmas display.
posted by ericb on Dec 18, 2006 - 33 comments

Penguins With Angst

Penguins With Angst is the visual tale of a group of hoodlum penguins who vandalize a grain silo & threaten the life of Santa Claus. Easter Sacrifice is a photostory of the kidnapping of the Easter Bunny & his eventual decapitation by the Dove of Peace. Both art projects courtesy of Exclusionary, the online gallery of Jasper Thomas' work.
posted by jonson on Dec 17, 2006 - 10 comments

Whattaya doin'? Go turn on my tree!

It's all about the tree. (YouTube)
posted by exlotuseater on Dec 16, 2006 - 26 comments

It's A Wonderful Life. It's A Subversive Film

The most inspirational film ever has an underexamined dark side, including a 1947 FBI memo that branded the film as subversive and "a rather obvious attempt to discredit bankers." The film's script was influenced by the liberal populism of the 1930s, used suicide as a plot point, and was criticized by a Christian Right website for "lax attitudes on alcohol and drunkenness." The film also inspired a feminist art project on "bad girl" Violet Bick and a dead-on parody of a right-wing Christian movie review. Meanwhile, Jimmy Stewart paid back Frank Capra for reviving his post-WWII career by spying on him for the FBI. The hidden backstory behind It's A Wonderful Life.
posted by jonp72 on Dec 15, 2006 - 66 comments

Isn't there anyone out there who can tell me what Christmas is all about?

The Lonely Tree: The Story of a Charlie Brown Christmas (via largehearted boy)
posted by sleepy pete on Dec 14, 2006 - 17 comments

ho ho ho beard

Santa'd: Flickr's new holiday Easter egg.
posted by brundlefly on Dec 13, 2006 - 36 comments

Does my nose amuse you?

Raging Rudolph, a Martin Scorsese, Bankin/Rass Production.
Does my nose amuse you, is it funny like a clown, does it make you laugh?
No, no, no, great nose.
OK, I'm the Capo now.

posted by caddis on Dec 10, 2006 - 9 comments

It's beginning to poop a lot like Christmas

So this is Christmas and what have you done? Well, if you've been to Jesus's manger, you're made of clay, and you're from Spain, you probably pooped. (Previously.)(Via.)
posted by Astro Zombie on Dec 10, 2006 - 18 comments

A Scrubbie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas as performed by the cast of Scrubs.
posted by gottabefunky on Dec 10, 2006 - 43 comments

Rudolph Restored

If you've grown up in the states, odds are you've seen/watched the highly rated Christmas special, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Trailer here

When the production was over, the animation company put the puppets in a closet. When they were due to be thrown away, a secretary got permission and took them home. Her children played with the puppets for years...nobody thought they'd be of value. Some of them broke, and last year they were found. (not all were intact.)

Photos of the Restoration. Close up of the restored Rudolph. There were a number of films after (over 10+ years after the first,) Rudolph's Shiny New Year, Frosty Christmas in July and Island of Misfit Toys. These (and many other films) are Rankin/Bass productions. Some people also know Rankin Bass for their animated version of the Hobbit and the Last Unicorn. Rankin/Bass previously mentioned on Mefi
posted by filmgeek on Dec 8, 2006 - 40 comments

Trapped in the Clauset

Trapped in the Clauset - part one, part two, and part three. [youtube]
posted by atom128 on Dec 7, 2006 - 14 comments

Christmas, it seemed, doesn't come from a store...

Hundred Dollar Holiday
posted by anastasiav on Dec 6, 2006 - 36 comments

'Tis The Season

'Tis the season for Christmas letters -- spreading cheer or showing off? Tips for writing your own -- serious and silly.
posted by ericb on Dec 4, 2006 - 11 comments

Santa's Sackfull of Obscure Christmas Music

So you're in the mood for some Christmas music, but you're tired of all the old standards. Not to worry, the web has you covered courtesy of several vinyl sharing blogs. First off, there's Check the Cool Wax, with the soundtrack to Rankin/Bass's Night Before Christmas, Pee-Wee's Christmas Special, Yuletide Disco, Western Christmas Songs & Exciting Christmas Stories featuring Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman. Much, much more inside.
posted by jonson on Dec 3, 2006 - 28 comments

Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men

A Nazi Christmas Since its most ancient days, the Christmas holiday has been continually reshaped to serve commercial, social, and political ends. These Nazi-era Christmas materials, including an Advent calendar and an essay on how to turn Christian holidays into National Socialist ones, come from the German Propaganda Archive of the Calvin College library. Of course, the Allies also enlisted Christmas in both pop culture and propaganda with cards, V-Mails, and posters.
posted by Miko on Nov 29, 2006 - 21 comments

Peace sign angers neighbors

But some residents have children serving in Iraq! A homeowners association in Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is anti-Iraq war. (picture of offending wreath).

Jeff Heitz, of the association board, sent a letter to Lisa Jensen saying: "Loma Linda residents are offended by the peace sign displayed on the front of your house. ...

Past peace sign overreactions include "'Peace' T-shirt gets man arrested" and "What A Girl Wants poster controversy"... so what's so wrong with peace?
posted by DougieZero1982 on Nov 27, 2006 - 184 comments

Lookout - Santa's packing!

Of all the Christmas cards I received this year from political action committees, this one from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep & Bear arms best summed up the holiday spirit to me.
posted by jonson on Dec 29, 2005 - 75 comments

Shane says it all.

"Happy Christmas your arse, I pray God it’s our last.”
Warning: embedded audio and/or video in some links

posted by dash_slot- on Dec 24, 2005 - 41 comments

Jugglin Xmas Monkeys

Have yourself an Ugly Little Christmas! Cause nuttin' says Christmas like Juggling Monkeys.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Dec 24, 2005 - 8 comments

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Gesëende Kersfees, Milad Majid, Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!, Sretan Bozic, Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan, Gajan Kristnaskon, Joyeux Noel......
posted by zouhair on Dec 24, 2005 - 36 comments

digital christmas

A Yule Log for your iPod. If you don't live in the New York area, and you have one of those fancy video iPods, you can now download some holiday cheer from Channel 11. (Their Yule Log phenomenon was previously discussed here.) For more information about Yule Log traditions, wikipedia features in depth articles on both the traditional and the modern. [Inspired by logging out of gmail.]
posted by jann on Dec 23, 2005 - 11 comments

Christmas is a Big Lie

The War on Christmas. A very brief overview of the war Christians have waged against other religious holidays since roughly 400AD. Just a reminder of the reason for the season.
posted by tcobretti on Dec 23, 2005 - 33 comments

catsmas tree

Just in time for the holiday two cats show you how to assemble & decorate your artificial christmas tree.
posted by jonson on Dec 18, 2005 - 33 comments

It's a Wonderful Internet

It's a Wonderful Internet. A re-telling of a charming Christmas tale that modern day geeks can now relate to! [flash]
posted by panoptican on Dec 18, 2005 - 29 comments

Grow grow grow!

Happy X-mas miniGROW! The latest puzzle in Eyemaze's GROW series. Previous GROW games discussed here, here, and here. [flash] [via jay is games]
posted by brain_drain on Dec 17, 2005 - 28 comments

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