Songs »Blue Christmas

blue christmas elvisby Elvis Presley (1957)

Blue Christmas is a rare sad Christmas song that was performed by tons of people but made oh so popular by the great Elvis Presley. Though, to be honest, lately I’ve grown very, very fond of the indie rock darling Bright Eyes version. Please forgive its inclusion in a phone company commercial.


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Posted on December 20, 2009

TV Shows »The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special

league of gentlemen christmas specialHoliday of Nightmares

Creepy wet lips, monstrously erect nipples, blood sucking choir boys, voodoo dolls, flying bunny eyeballs, and Papa Lazarou… if you’ve taken my advice before and watched previous seasons of The League of Gentlemen, this will all sound like business as usual – if not, be prepared for the Christmas special of your worst nightmares!!

If you’re the squeamish type and prefer your head filled with sugar plum fairies and such, you may want to skip the stills below/after the jump.

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Posted on December 20, 2009

Spend a Couple Hours »Rifftrax Live Christmas Shorts-stravaganza!

christmas rifftraxin Theaters Nationwide

Demonic toys come to life, pork-themed three-part harmonies are mocked by Weird Al Yankovich, a Santa of David Lynch-caliber creepiness orders around pants-less elf boys, a toy dog named Gaylord rolls over, a nude doll haunts a little girl’s dreams, the Ding-a-ling toy universe with its King Ding shocks some poor kid – this is not your typical holiday viewing, but the selections from the ever charming Mike Nelson and crew of previous MST3K and current Rifftrax fame for their RiffTrax Live Christmas Shorts-stravaganza!

Performing live in Minnesota but projected in many theaters across the country (we watched from the Chelsea location), they riffed on several Christmas shorts. If you’re familiar with any of their shows and projects, you can imagine the hilarity.

Make sure you try out their Rifftrax on many beloved films, such as Cocktail, Glitter, and The Happening on their site.

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Posted on December 20, 2009

Spend a Couple Minutes »Get a Real Tree

a tree grows in brooklynA Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I’ve never had a real tree while living on my own, and I still don’t this year… but since we’re celebrating the holiday at my sister’s place, I can live vicariously through her beautiful blue spruce we helped pick out. We found it at the adorable hippie-run tree stand on Bedford and Metropolitan. This week we’ll be dressing it up as a family… awww, which we haven’t done since I was a kid. Can’t wait!

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Posted on December 20, 2009

Web Sites »Artist’s Homemade Christmas Cards

Holiday-Cards-Glee-Mail-Crist-3On the Smithsonian Website

My good friend Laura forwarded this inspiring link of Artists’ Homemade Christmas Cards. I’d love to say it made me make my own, but I am afraid that it’ll be another year sans craftiness sent from my house.

Still, it’s great to peruse and will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit. Some of my personal favorites are below/after the jump.

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Posted on December 20, 2009

Recipes »World Peace Cookies

world peace cookiesfrom Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

I’ve praised the superlative baking skills of my coworker Sarafina before and I’m thrilled to share another wonderful recipe which she included in this year’s cookie gift bag: World Peace Cookies. The paring of sweet and salty is fantastic; the recipe comes from Dorie Greenspan, the baker bakers swear by. Bring a batch of these to your next holiday party and you’ll be a hit!

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Posted on December 20, 2009

Songs »Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee This is my favorite Christmas song. My sister and I loved to dance to it while decorating the tree

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Posted on December 18, 2005

Drinks »Egg Nog

Egg Nog One of the worst things for you is also one of the best things about Holiday parties. Here's a recipe.

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Posted on December 18, 2005

Spend a Couple Hours »Decorate for the Holidays

Decorate for the Holidays Not a couple minutes, a couple hours.

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Posted on November 28, 2005

Movies »Black Christmas

Black Christmas The call is coming from inside the house.
Olivia Hussey looks amazing.
Margot Kidder plays a drunk named Barb.
“You can’t rape a townie”
Watch this movie, you will love it.

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Posted on November 7, 2005