Merry Christmas Everybody! I hope that you are enjoying the holiday with friends and loved ones. I wanted to share the complete episode of Tales from the Crypt ‘And All Through the House’! Written by Fred Dekker and directed By … Continue reading Merry Christmas from Splendy!
Maybe it’s just me, but one of the worst things about the Holiday season is being bombarded with Christmas songs. There’s only so many times I can hear “Feliz Navidad” without becoming enraged. Nevertheless, there are some winners. One of … Continue reading X-Mas Songs That Don’t Suck
Last summer when word of the Kinjapocalypse came down, on a whim I took video footage using my phone of one of the greatest comment threads ever produced by the Disqus-era A.V. Club. Inspired by a mention in the original … Continue reading Reviving an Old A.V. Club Holiday Tradition
McCall’s: you know it as a sewing pattern company today, but for over a century it was considered one of the most influential and important women’s magazines on the market. It also happened to make bank on sewing patterns that … Continue reading Let’s Read McCall’s, December 1971
This is not meant to be a “defense,” per se, of Paul McCartney’s 1979 hit single and holiday playlist staple “Wonderful Christmastime.” If the sound of that sproingy synthesizer lead fills you with dread, and the loose, almost sloppy vocals … Continue reading The Bumblebee Flies Anyway: “Wonderful Christmastime” and the Genius of Paul McCartney
The movie might not be coming out for nearly another year, but Universal has already put out the first poster for Illumination’s upcoming animated tentpole The Grinch, and it features the title character looking…pretty adorable? Granted, the tagline does indeed promise … Continue reading The First Poster for The Grinch is Strangely Adorable
One of the nicest things about Christmas is that it’s an ideal time to tell your friends to seek out holiday specials which you find rewarding that they may have never heard of before. Now, there’d be no point in … Continue reading A Very Merry Cricket is a Yuletide Chuck Jones Classic
By now, there have been more adaptations of A Christmas Carol than anyone can count. In addition to the straightforward takes on the story, there have been so many parodies of the classic holiday tale that taking any form of … Continue reading But Seriously, Barbie in A Christmas Carol is Pretty Good
John Lennon and Paul McCartney had one of the most successful song-writing partnerships of all time. They both wrote lyrics and music, and in the early days of their partnership and of the Beatles, they collaborated extensively, but as time … Continue reading Beatle Battle: Who Wrote a Better Christmas Song?
The day gets darker. You put out some sparkling drinks on the table, whether it be champagne or Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. Guests are coming through the door. The glazed ham is almost ready. It’s a holiday party! You need something … Continue reading Your Go-To Holiday Get Together Album
There’s a reason you’ve probably never seen Cricket on the Hearth. At the very least, you’ve almost certainly never seen it on television. Airing only once as an episode of The Danny Thomas Show in 1967, the Rankin/Bass special fell into obscurity afterwards, … Continue reading Cricket on the Hearth is a Bad Cartoon from Rankin/Bass’s Golden Age
There are films that are set at Christmas, but aren’t about the holiday: Batman Returns, Iron Man 3, Gremlins, Trading Places, The Ref, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon, L.A. Confidential, Go, The Thin Man, The Apartment, and The Lion … Continue reading Christmas Movies, Part 2: 1988 – Present
While there are many wonderful, heartwarming Christmas movies out there, there are probably ten times as many sappy ones out there that your wife, mother and grandmother binge watch each year (mostly one Hallmark and Lifetime). In this seasonal series, … Continue reading Sappy Christmas Movies: The Ultimate Gift (Now With South American Rebels!)
(This article was written last year on the old site) There are several movies that take place throughout an entire year, and that includes Christmas, but you wouldn’t consider them Christmas movies. For example, Christmas happens in every Harry Potter … Continue reading Christmas Movies: Through 1985
Few holiday specials are odder ducks than Frosty Returns in terms of how they are consumed by the general public. No one seems to particularly “like it,” yet its been airing on CBS every year for more than two decades alongside its … Continue reading Why the Heck Do We Watch Frosty Returns Every Year?
If you need a gift for your grandpa who claims that those pansies at the NFL have become “too political,” or for your aunt who became a Jackie Evancho fan only since last January, or for your nephew who for … Continue reading Trumpy Bear is Here to Solve All of Your Christmas Shopping Problems
( Note: I published this article last year on the old site) Earlier, I discussed the animated Christmas specials of the Rankin/Bass studios, but there are, of course, several other classic and modern specials. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) … Continue reading Christmas Animated Specials (non-Rankin/Bass Category)
Note: I originally wrote this a few years ago for the old site. It’s that time of year when the Christmas specials grace our television screens, and some of the best came from the minds of Arthur Rankin Jr. and … Continue reading The Wonderful World of Rankin & Bass
It’s the thought that counts, right? But what if no thought went into it in the first place? Continue reading Merry Sh*tsmas: Worst Gifts?
God rest ye, merry Avocados. I thought we might get some use out of a thread devoted to gift-giving suggestions, questions, advice, and so forth. Air your woes and share your wisdom below. Continue reading Christmas Shopping Lifeline Thread
Ever since Charles Dickens published a Christmas Carol in 1843, the name “Scrooge” has come to mean a mean, miserly person. He is one of most famous characters created by Dickens and one of the most famous in English literature. … Continue reading Ebenezer Scrooge on Screen: Dickens Throughout the Years