(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.
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.
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.
“‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.