Nearly 200 years after "A Visit from St. Nicholas
" was written, the authorship is still in dispute
. In the years since, there have been quite a few parodies and variants of the poem written, recorded and performed, including at least two different versions of a Cajun Night Before Christmas (a recording
of the version by Te-Jules
, and Trosclair's version
[Google books preview], read by Larry Ray
, recorded from WLOX
). Snopes tracked down the history of The Soldier's Night Before Christmas
, Fifties Web collected 21 tame versions
(with auto-playing music), and Dirty Xmas
has a number of "adult" versions. Yuks 'R' Us has a large collection
, including some dated computer-related stories. Speaking of dated, you can view a vintage '98 "enhanced" version of the original poem
plus more variations from Purple Lion
(a member of the Merry Christmas Webring from 1998
). But for the ultimate collection of variants and parodies, you might recall this thread from 2002
. The link is dead, but Archive.org caught the site
around that time, with 581 versions. That was over a decade ago, and now Alechemist Matt is up to 849 versions, parodies and variants of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 24, 2013 -
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
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Dec 10, 2011 -
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]
posted by Madamina
on Dec 22, 2010 -
Early in 1903, the success
of the New York production of the musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz
got composer Victor Herbert and librettist Glen MacDonough thinking. They thought that it might be possible to duplicate that success by applying a Christmas theme to Baum's story and then sprinkling in a few Mother Goose characters. Later that year the resulting show, Babes in Toyland
, was a rousing success
. Thirty years later it was made into a movie
starring two of the greatest motion picture actors of the era, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, produced by Hal Roach
. But this post isn't about either of those productions; it's about the worst
production. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Dec 17, 2010 -
(part 1) ...For Wings...
(part 2) ...That Work
(part 3). The only Christmas Special you'll see this year with hairballs, a cross-dressing cockroach, Ronald Coleman and a 22-second warning. The apex for Berkeley Breathed and Opus (for Bill, notsomuch). via.
posted by oneswellfoop
on Dec 12, 2009 -
It has now been several years since Jacquie Lawson, an English artist living in the picturesque village of Lurgashall in Southern England, created an animated Christmas card in 2000. The e-card, featuring her dog, Chudleigh, her cats, and her 15th-century cottage, was sent to a few friends for their amusement. Those friends sent the e-card to others, and within weeks Jacquie was inundated with requests from all over the world to design more e-cards. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Dec 20, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Having a bad day? Work off some aggression by disrupting the lives of the snowglobe dwellers! (Flash and a somewhat obnoxious soundtrack)
posted by Orb
on Dec 4, 2003 -
Twas the night before Xmas and all through the net,
The geeks would be googling the ascii character set;
Metafilter refreshed on their PCs with care,
In the hopes that their FPP soon would be there;
Then up in the blue there arose such a clatter,
Mathowie sprang up to see what's the matter;
When, what to my wondering eyes there should be,
The canonical list of "Twas" parodies.
posted by Wet Spot
on Dec 22, 2002 -
Happy Thanksgiving or Is It?
, Franklin Delano Roosevelt responed to pressure from the National Retail Dry Goods Association to move the official date of Thanksgiving back one week to the next-to-last Thursday of the month. FDR hoped that this would enliven the economy by adding one week to the Christmas shopping season, but he received considerable political flak
for tampering with what many viewed as a sacred religious holiday. (Thanksgiving is considered sacred even though it only became a national holiday due to lobbying by the editor of a 19th century woman's magazine
.) New Deal-era Republicans were especially bothered by the calendar change and one essayist at the American Enterprise Institute
still seems to carry a grudge. Congress later resolved the issue by passing a resolution in 1941
that designated Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday of November.
posted by jonp72
on Nov 26, 2002 -
(please note: this is not a link. It's just a random cheerbombing.)
posted by Succa
on Dec 24, 2000 -
Tired of Christmas music?
I reckon so. I sure understand. Still, trust me on this. You're in for a treat. We're Just Three Kings
gives me goose pimples on the back of my neck every time I hear it. Most know about mp3c, but few wanna dig around in there. It's like falling into a record bin big as Cleveland. Here let me help you. I'm recommending only sure-things here
- Tamashiro's What Child Is This
is straight-forward, no-nonsense, feelgood Christmas fare. Liona Boyd's instrumental guitar
is heavenly background music that would warm the heart of the coldest Grinch. If you find yourself surprised with a need to have free Xmas music real fast, it's just a pooter away, Santa Baby
posted by ZachsMind
on Dec 24, 2000 -