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Ho, Ho, Ho!

This Christmas, a holiday tradition undergoes a digital rebirth with Fireplace [Mac/PC], the pixelated demake of The Yule Log. It'll even incinerate whatever you type.
posted by Smart Dalek on Dec 24, 2011 - 29 comments

Worked very, very hard. Taking a little rest.

Honor thy Godfather. Tomorrow, on December 25th, we honor the 5th anniversary of the passing of our beloved Godfather, who was born in a simple shack, only to die and be resurrected numerous times. Please take a moment this Christmas to remember him, and let his spirit fill you up, as you shake your moneymaker. Confess!
posted by markkraft on Dec 24, 2011 - 7 comments

Christmas TOTP

So those musicians who had Christmas hits in the 70s and 80s in the UK, what with them coming back year after year, must be made for life, right?
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 24, 2011 - 40 comments

’Twas the nocturnal time of the preceding day...

’Twas the nocturnal time of the preceding day... A science writer's take on the famous Christmas poem.
posted by Jaybo on Dec 24, 2011 - 5 comments

But Do You Recall The Most Famous Reindeer Of All

Last year, an archivist at Dartmouth College discovered a forgotten scrapbook donated to the school by Robert L. May, the writer and illustrator of the original story of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer", documenting the origins of the now-classic holiday story. The book was written in 1947 on commission from Montgomery Ward's, which was looking for a Christmas promotional item. Detailed in the scrapbook are May's list of possible names for the character, including "Rollo", "Reginald", "Romeo" and you-know-what. Ward's actually turned over the copyright to Rudolph to May, who became a millionaire when, two years later, his brother-in-law Johnny Marks wrote the song which became a huge hit for Gene Autry. Snopes.com adds more details to the tale, including debunking the myth that the song was written by May to comfort his daughter while her mother lay dying.
posted by briank on Dec 24, 2011 - 5 comments

A dramatic retelling of the nativity and baby Jesus

The true story of the nativity and baby Jesus.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 24, 2011 - 34 comments

Hendrix Hatches Heavy Holiday Haze

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Jimi Hendrix: Little Drummer Boy / Silent Night / Auld Lang Syne.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 24, 2011 - 10 comments

Hark the Herald Channels Sing

In honor of Christmas, Splitsider's Mike Drucker runs down twenty Christmas TV episodes, new and old. It all starts with The Dick Van Dyke Show... [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 23, 2011 - 11 comments

Christmas? What's that? An Earth holiday?

Because Christmas wasn't painful enough: He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special, in five parts — 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
posted by Nomyte on Dec 22, 2011 - 19 comments

it came upon a Bb minor diminished 7th clear

Jazz does Christmas: Charlie Parker - Bill Evans - Chet Baker - Kenny Burrell - Dexter Gordon - Oscar Peterson and Louie Armstrong.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 22, 2011 - 24 comments

The Christmas Card

Terry Gilliam - The Christmas Card. Gilliam made this in 1968 for the children's TV series Do Not Adjust Your Set. [Via]
posted by homunculus on Dec 22, 2011 - 10 comments

King Billy 107 in '11

What disaster befell the Asch House? Where do a few surviving hedges keep alive our lost Elysium? Where is there a fully clothed life-sized wax effigy of Sarah? These questions and more in the One Hundred and Seventh Issue of the King William's College General Knowledge Paper! [PDF]
posted by Iridic on Dec 22, 2011 - 153 comments

Tis the solstice and the season. Take it away Old Ones!

Carol of the Old Ones Warming cockles of your heart. To madness.
posted by tiedtiger on Dec 22, 2011 - 29 comments

"Surprise. I taught the Henchmen jazz."

"Surprise. I taught the Henchmen jazz." (mp3 link) Merry Christmas, once again, from Mr. and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch. [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Dec 22, 2011 - 18 comments

Your goose is cooked

Christmas dinners are here again, so most of you are wondering how to cook a goose. Some of you will spend 16 hours for your roasted Christmas goose. Others prefer the German Weihnachtsgans style, with apples. Sophisticated cooks do their Christmas goose sous vide.
posted by twoleftfeet on Dec 22, 2011 - 27 comments

"those Who bastards down there in their posh little private community talking shit about him all day"

Why "'You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch' Is Hatemongering" [more inside]
posted by bardic on Dec 21, 2011 - 33 comments

Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

If you enjoy instrumental jazz and Christmas music, you might enjoy The Best Jazz Christmas Record You've Never Heard. ""Christmas With The Believers" turned out to be the best jazz Christmas music I had ever heard, and that's still the case today. I'll take the imaginative arrangements, chops, tight playing, and sense of swing on this recording over anything I've heard by the legends in this field." It's presented here as a cassette recording from Fall '86, with Donny Schwekendiek on piano, Neal Heidler on the bass and Narry Puhlovski on the drums.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 21, 2011 - 26 comments

We could bump up the font size

To: Creative Director
From: Designer
Subject: Holiday Card Approval
posted by pts on Dec 21, 2011 - 50 comments

Right up there with Handel’s “Messiah.”

Santa answers a few pre-Christmas questions.
posted by rewil on Dec 20, 2011 - 23 comments

A Christmas Google

Looking at the rest of the top search results for Christmas is like getting into a time machine that takes you back to a bizarro 2001 in which every single web surfer is a sucker. There are "Hot Links!" and "Fun Things to Do." What we see is the ad hoc, de facto social network formed by people who type Christmas into a search engine. And man, that network is like MySpace for your great aunt who has too many cats. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Dec 20, 2011 - 16 comments

my baby left me, start'd me drinkin' on christmas day

When most folks think of "Christmas music" it's doubtful that their next thought will be "the blues", but along with "my baby" or "bad luck" or "leavin' in the morning", bluesmen have long included Christmas as lyric inspiration. Which bluesmen? Well... Sonny Boy Williamson, Freddie King, Blind Blake, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Little Milton, B.B. King, Smokey Hogg, Charley Jordan, and last but certainly not least, one of the most influential early bluesmen, Blind Lemon Jefferson.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 20, 2011 - 23 comments

No Reindeer Running Over These Grannies!

Grannies' Christmas Flash Mob.
posted by ericb on Dec 18, 2011 - 6 comments

Melaphantastic Reindeer GIFs

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall the most famous animated GIF reindeer of all? [more inside]
posted by brownpau on Dec 18, 2011 - 22 comments

Capitol Words Holiday eCards

"What do reindeer, Christmas trees, eggnog and Hanukkah have in common? They’re all part of what our elected representatives have been saying around the holidays. Things get even crazier when their quotes are taken out of context and made into crafty, bizarre and occasionally touching holiday e-cards."
posted by sciurus on Dec 18, 2011 - 10 comments

Oh no, you did'nt!

You may not know this but pantomime (overview for non-Brits) is a very lucrative business in the UK, especially for minor or fading stars of stage and screen (and Vanilla Ice) - Children's entertainers The Krankies (who have had a troubled relationship with panto in the past) have gone all out this year to pull in the punters via going to the gym (video), a lurid interview revealing their rather more adult private lives and a mind-blowing photo op with John Barrowman (SFW but what has been seen cannot be unseen and may prove traumatic for British people of a certain age) (previous)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 18, 2011 - 73 comments

A Very Calvin and Hobbes Christmas

A Very Calvin and Hobbes Christmas Nifty little YT short recreating some of the classic Calvin and Hobbes snowmenagerie.
posted by ironjelly on Dec 16, 2011 - 19 comments

Layaway In A Manger

From Michigan to Nebraska, from Washington State to North Carolina, anonymous donors have been paying off "layaway" tabs for holiday-shopping families.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 16, 2011 - 82 comments

Singing animated Christmas hedgehogs. Yup, that's about it.

Pick a hedgehog and make him sing a Christmas carol. An interactive Youtube animation featuring absurdly cute hedgehogs who will supposedly sing a carol for you. via boringpostcards and metachat
posted by mygothlaundry on Dec 15, 2011 - 12 comments

God creates Man. Man creates Indie. Indie kills Man. God inherits Indie.

Tired of the same old renditions of the Christmas Story? Try this video and its prequel, produced in the vein of Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are.
posted by kethonna on Dec 15, 2011 - 6 comments

The OTHER 12 Days of Christmas

In the mountains of North Carolina an old tradition lives on: Breakin Up Christmas. [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Dec 15, 2011 - 18 comments

Pee Wee Herman Christmas Special

Merry Christmas! Merry Merry Christmas! In 1988, the Writers Guild of America had a strike, the longest in its history, lasting 155 days. The strike had some fallout -- both Moonlighting and Kate and Allie lost audience members due to long hiatuses during the strike, which may have led to their cancellation. And while it generally did not affect children's television, one show, in particular, was hard-hit by the strike: Pee Wee's Playhouse, which had a season of only two episodes, plus a Christmas special. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Dec 14, 2011 - 19 comments

Your No. 2 favorite Christmas tradition

No Nativity scene is complete without the caganer - a figure caught in the act of taking a dump near the manger. (NSFW tag, ahoy!) The figurine (whose name translates as "the shitter") is an addition to the Nativity tableaus in the Catalonia region of Spain. Some interpret the caganer as a reminder that God can arrive on earth at any moment - and he doesn't care if he catches you with your britches down. [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air on Dec 12, 2011 - 64 comments

"And Krampus, Every One..."

Krampus. 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 FearNet to The Awl to NPR. 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!
posted by oneswellfoop on Dec 12, 2011 - 30 comments

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, John Zorn Style

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, and hundreds 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]
posted by Lutoslawski on Dec 12, 2011 - 19 comments

Twenty-Five Semi-Obscure Traditional Christmas Songs as Performed by Famous and Non-Famous People

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]
posted by kittenmarlowe on Dec 11, 2011 - 29 comments

Santa's got backup

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 and Jesus with the help of their unique Candy Cane weapons.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 10, 2011 - 16 comments

Dance of the Glass Plum Fairy

Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy played on a glass harp. [SLYT]
posted by shiu mai baby on Dec 10, 2011 - 19 comments

Very last year

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 [previously] both starring your Mom. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 10, 2011 - 10 comments

Nothing says Christmas like dancing to Mariah Carey half-naked wearing cardboard presents as pants.

The Royal Navy's HMS Ocean is coming home for Christmas. [SLYT]
posted by zennish on Dec 9, 2011 - 26 comments

Great gifts for (other people's) Kids!

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.
posted by Ruthless Bunny on Dec 8, 2011 - 89 comments

Cocozza - he's a naughty man

Television Ads at Christmas - featuring Adam Buxton and John Lewis, Littlewoods and The X-Factor.
posted by mippy on Dec 7, 2011 - 21 comments

Justin Bieber is on DEF JAM?? But isn't that Slayer's label?

A perfect storm of terrible, two sharks trying to jump each other - Justin Bieber's steampunk version of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'.
posted by FatherDagon on Dec 6, 2011 - 115 comments

Christmas Classics: Horrible Misogyny or Social Commentary?

"Baby It's Cold Outside" is known as the Christmas Date Rape Song. Bitch Magazine wonders: does She & Him's gender-reversed version make it less creepy and less rape-y? Meanwhile, Persephone Magazine's "Listening While Feminist" has an alternative take on the holiday classic.
posted by asnider on Dec 6, 2011 - 385 comments

Ríu Ríu Chíu

The Monkees Sing Ríu Ríu Chíu -- a traditional Spanish Christmas Carol. (SLYT)
posted by swift on Dec 6, 2011 - 21 comments

All I want for Christmas is you (in a pink leotard and knee socks)

Miracle on 42nd Street
posted by Narrative Priorities on Dec 5, 2011 - 16 comments

Goats Up In Smoke

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.
posted by hubs on Dec 2, 2011 - 24 comments

Perhaps you will discover some new Christmas favourites this year?

"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.
posted by bubukaba on Dec 1, 2011 - 3 comments

Santastic: Christmas Mashups

Holiday mash-ups, alternate treatments and bootleg remixes: Santastic I - II - III - IV - V
Menorah Mashups
A Very Re:Composition Christmas
A Very Bootie Christmas [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Dec 1, 2011 - 15 comments

No one goes to the euphemism on a night like this

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).
posted by Mchelly on Oct 31, 2011 - 14 comments

"We just wanna see - YOU STUPEFIED!"

You've seen the popular LMFAO's Party Rock, but have you seen Potter Rock? The Christmas light show? How about the Pokemon! or Indian versions? Speaking of Indian parodies, have you seen Thriller recently?
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 26, 2011 - 26 comments

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