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Christmas

Lesser-Known Christmas Characters

Lesser-Known Christmas Characters

(PG-13: Language) “Please remember, I am making none of this up.” We all know about Santa and Krampus, but in Europe there are other Christmas folklore characters that are not so popular. Why? Because they belong more to Halloween, as Sam O’Nella University explains.

How Fake Xmas Trees are Made

How Fake Xmas Trees are Made

While we prefer the aroma of a fresh cut Christmas tree, sometimes it’s nice to not have to deal with all of those needles on the floor. The Science Channel and Insider take us inside a factory that makes oversize fake Xmas trees to show us how they come together.

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A Christmas Rock Medley

A Christmas Rock Medley

Enjoy some holiday classics with a little extra edge, courtesy of musician Richard Campbell, who infuses some hard rock verve into tunes like I Saw Three Ships, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Carol of the Bells with this fun and energetic medley.

A Very Spidey Christmas

A Very Spidey Christmas

A Very Spidey Christmas is an EP consisting of Spider-Man-themed Christmas songs sung by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse voice actors Shameik Moore, Chris Pine and Jake Johnson. We hope they release another one with Spider-Ham and Spider-Man Noir.

How Christmas Lights Are Made

How Christmas Lights Are Made

Insider shares a simple overview of a machine that makes LED Christmas lights. The machine handles everything from preparing the wires to testing the finished product with no human intervention.

8-Bit Cinema: A Christmas Story

8-Bit Cinema: A Christmas Story

You’ll shoot your eye out, kid! The guys from 8-Bit Cinema retell the oft-quoted holiday classic as a pixelated console adventure game. They really should have had a minigame where you have to glue the leg lamp back together.

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Impressionist Jim Meskimen turns in a wonderful reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s Christmas classic in the voices of 27 different celebrities. The usuals, like Morgan Freeman and Ian McKellan are there, but it’s his Paul Giamatti that made us spit out our coffee.

The Night Before Metal Gear

The Night Before Metal Gear

“‘Twas the night before Christmas, all through Mother Base, not a genome was stirring, not even Skullface.” Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter teams up with Liquid Snake voice actor Cam Clarke to read a Metal Gear-themed variant of A Visit from St. Nicholas.

The Predator Holiday Special

The Predator Holiday Special

It’s Christmas time, and The Predator has found its way to the North Pole, terrorizing every reindeer and elf that stands in its way. But is Santa gonna just sit there and take it? No way. Sit back and enjoy this new stop-motion holiday classic, courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

Die Hard: Christmas Trailer

Die Hard: Christmas Trailer

We already have Die Hard on our annual Christmas viewing list, but if you don’t, this official trailer that 20th Century Fox just dropped should convince you that it belongs there, right alongside A Christmas Story, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Elf.

Mondo Krampus Tiki Mug

Mondo Krampus Tiki Mug

Mondo worked with artist Florian Bertmer to make this highly detailed tiki mug featuring the Christmas devil. The handmade Krampus mug has a wiped red glaze on white finish and holds up to 16oz of drinks. Or coal.

Colin Furze’s Giant Christmas Tree

Colin Furze’s Giant Christmas Tree

Colin Furze’s Christmas project is simple by his standards, but we imagine it still must have involved quite the conversation between him and his family. He felled a 26 foot-tall tree, chopped it into three pieces and made it look like it was sticking out his house.

O Human Being

O Human Being

(PG-13: Gore, Language) Anomaly and Unreasonable Studios present a dark holiday tale about a world in which christmas trees get their revenge on humans by chopping off their legs, standing them in their living rooms, and decorating them with tinsel and lights.

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Jimmy & Saorise: Fairytale of New York

Jimmy & Saorise: Fairytale of New York

Jimmy Fallon and Saorise Ronan perform a duet of one of our all-time favorite Christmas songs, The Pogues’ 1988 track Fairytale of New York. Jimmy’s take on Shane MacGowan’s gravelly brogue is spot on, while Saorise’s lilt pays tribute to the late Kirsty MacColl.

Upside-down Christmas Tree

Upside-down Christmas Tree

Switch things up for the holidays by displaying Treetopia’s Knocked Upside-down Christmas Tree. Not only does it look funny, it also takes up less floor space so you can fit it even in small rooms. It comes with 500 clear lights, a stand, a foot switch and extra bulbs and fuses.

Calamityware Ornaments

Calamityware Ornaments

Like their dinner plates, Calamityware’s porcelain ornaments feature tiny towns experiencing big disasters, from volcanoes, to sea monsters, to giant robot attacks. Sold in series of four images, each 3.75″ ornament has the same design front and back.

Elf Honest Trailer

Elf Honest Trailer

After its release in 2003, Elf quickly became a modern Christmas classic. Screen Junkies pays tribute to Will Ferrell’s perfect performance as Buddy the Elf in their holiday Honest Trailer, and asks us to give thanks that Jim Carrey turned down the role.

LEGO Christmas Gift Box

LEGO Christmas Gift Box

What better gift to give a LEGO fan than an official and limited edition LEGO gift box? This collectible set was originally given away to customers who purchased sets at LEGO stores. It contains a living room with two minifigs, a fireplace, a chair, and a toy train.

John Lewis Xmas Ad 2018

John Lewis Xmas Ad 2018

This year’s heartstring-puller from UK retailer John Lewis & Partners tells the reverse-chronological story of music legend Elton John, and the importance of a single gift that defined his life. Super Bowl commercial makers, this is how you do it.

Gift Wrap My Face

Gift Wrap My Face

Gift Wrap My Face lets you add an extra touch to your gifts by making personalized gift wraps. Choose from its many gift wrap designs then upload a picture to add to the template. Despite the service’s name, the pic you add doesn’t have to be of your face!

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Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas

Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas

Since it’s Christmas let’s be glad! Even if the year’s been bad! Asthmatic Kitty Records is releasing all of Sufjan Stevens’ Songs for Christmas – a collection of Christmas song covers as well as original songs. There is also a vinyl set, but it’s already sold out.

A New Hope Christmas Ornaments

A New Hope Christmas Ornaments

Brighten your tree this coming holiday season with this set of six officially-licensed ornaments based on characters from Star Wars Episode IV. The set of 3″ dia. tin baubles includes cartoon images of R2-D2, C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.

Merchoid 2018 Ugly Sweaters

Merchoid 2018 Ugly Sweaters

Merchoid has revealed its latest line of ugly Christmas sweaters. Early shoppers can get their hands on limited edition and licensed sweaters from Star Wars, DC Comics, Marvel and various video game and movie franchises such as The Legend of Zelda and The Lion King.

A Very Daft Punk Christmas

A Very Daft Punk Christmas

We’re not sure from whence this album came from, but we’re 99.999% certain it wasn’t performed by Daft Punk themselves. Still, this mysteriously posted compilation of holiday tunes done in the style of the robots is pretty damned entertaining.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

(PG-13: Language) Impressionist Scheiffer Bates reading of the classic poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, done in the style of everyone from Peter Griffin to Rick Grimes to Gilbert Gottfried. Most of the impressions are pretty solid, though his Obama sounded like Meatwad to us.

Dear Satan

Dear Satan

(PG-13: Language) A girl mistakenly addresses her letter to the Lord of Hell instead of to Santa Claus. Anomaly London presents a silly and endearing (anti) Christmas story narrated by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart.

A Star Wars Christmas Medley

A Star Wars Christmas Medley

It might seem like an odd combination, but Star Wars fever and Christmas are both upon us, so Nathan Mills‘ medley sorta makes sense. Sit back and enjoy a beautiful guitar performance of classics like Little Drummer Boy, Imperial March, and Silent Night, all rolled into one.

Watered Tree vs. Dry Tree

Watered Tree vs. Dry Tree

We’ve always heard that it’s important to keep your Christmas tree watered, as it’s a safety risk. If you had any doubt why, just watch this brief video from the NIST to see exactly why watering could save your life. A watered tree also drops fewer needles for you to step on.

Hard Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Hard Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

You will get a sentimental feeling… when you hear… Frog Leap singing ‘let’s be jolly, deck the halls with boughs of holly.’ Enjoy a holiday treat from Leo Moracchioli, as he turns in a tough-as-nails rendition of the 1960 Brenda Lee classic Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

Minor Key Christmas Carols

Minor Key Christmas Carols

Christmas time can be depressing for some people. To offer an appropriate complement to these dark days, musician Chase Holfelder rearranged holiday classics into sad songs by flipping them into a minor key. All we want for Christmas is to drown our sorrows in eggnog.

LEGO RC Santa’s Amphibious Sleigh

LEGO RC Santa’s Amphibious Sleigh

LEGO master Sariel believes Santa Claus knows about climate change. So he made St. Nick an amphibious sleigh with the help of a thematic part – LEGO Christmas baubles. They’re not completely airtight, but they work well enough as wheels both on ground and in water.

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