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 -
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
, and posters
posted by Miko
on Nov 29, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
The Real Story of Christmas ...Many who are excitedly preparing for their Christmas celebrations would prefer not knowing about the holiday’s real significance. If they do know the history, they often object that their celebration has nothing to do with the holiday’s monstrous history and meaning. “We are just having fun.”
posted by NorthernSky
on Dec 17, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
"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 -
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 -