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Awesome Christmas

Spinning Xmas Tree Plays DOOM

Spinning Xmas Tree Plays DOOM

We recently got a look at Sean Hodgins’ unique (and dangerous) spinning Christmas tree that creates the impression of a tree using lights and a persistence of vision illusion. After fans asked him if it could be programmed to play DOOM, he posted this video demonstrating the tree’s ability to be used as a gaming display.

The Grinch Song Uncensored

The Grinch Song Uncensored

(PG-13: Language) Wizards with Guns, Joel Haver and Trent Lenkarski dug up the original, uncensored lyrics to the song You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, and they’re downright revolting. It turns out that Dr. Seuess’ grumpy green guy has a lot more skeletons in the closet than being a bad banana with a greasy black peel.

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Persistence of Vision Illusion Christmas Tree

Persistence of Vision Illusion Christmas Tree

Most of us celebrated Christmas with a real tree or a store-bought fake one. Sean Hodgins made his tree out of light. He created the electronic tree using a triangular bar rigged with LEDs that spins at high speed to create the illusion. It looks amazing, but it’s dangerous enough that he stands behind a blast shield to use it.

Home Alotus

Home Alotus

Artist Jamie Umpherson rings in the holidays with a version of The White Lotus season two opening credits but with characters from Home Alone. He used the AI imaging software RunwayML to generate character portraits and scenes, then blended them into moving compositions. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!

Zombie Santa Claus

Zombie Santa Claus

North of the Border imagines what it might be like if the zombie apocalypse hit the night before Christmas. Santa is still coming down your chimney, but he’s looking for brains instead of milk and cookies. This handbuilt sculpture of the undead St. Nick includes a sack full of toys for all the good little zombies.

Joy to the World Brass Quintet

Joy to the World Brass Quintet

Kick off the holidays with this jolly brass arrangement of Joy to the World, performed on two trumpets, solo horn, flugelhorn, and soprano trombone by musician Seb Skelly. His brass cover of Elton John’s Step Into Christmas belongs on your holiday party playlist too.

Christmas Rocket Tree Goes Rogue

Christmas Rocket Tree Goes Rogue

Like last year, maker Xyla Foxlin and Joe from BPS.Space wanted to celebrate the holidays with a rocket-powered Christmas tree. But this year’s launch didn’t quite go according to plan, and the flaming yule tree literally went sideways and turned into a missile that could have easily taken out Santa and his sleigh of reindeer.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Snowman Ornament

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Snowman Ornament
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You know the feeling – you just ate one too many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and your mouth, esophagus, and stomach are starting to burn. This glass snowman is having an existential crisis after downing a bag of the spicy puffed snacks and is about to melt all over your Christmas tree. Toss a glass of milk on him for a new holiday tradition!

Christmas Decorations Gone Wild

Christmas Decorations Gone Wild

After these Christmas decorations were set up in London, England, strong winds took hold of some of the giant metallic baubles decorating Tottenham Court Road, and the balls went rolling down the street, resulting in a wonderfully surreal scene. We half expected the music from Katamari Damacy to start playing.

Things Could Be Worse Christmas Cards

Things Could Be Worse Christmas Cards
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From burning the cookies to forgetting to put booze in the Egg Nog, the holidays are filled with minor disasters. But these Xmas cards from Calamityware imagine bigger catastrophes like evil snowmen, tentacle monsters, and deadly alien spores. The message inside says “You can’t escape the holiday spirit.” Sold in a 20-pack.

2022 Beer Advent Calendar

2022 Beer Advent Calendar
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Ring in the holidays with the best craft beers of 2022. GiveThemBeer’s annual advent calendar comes loaded with a dozen great cans from breweries like Lagunitas, Cigar City Brewing, Oskar Blues, and Bell’s. If your gift recipient prefers something a little stronger, they also sell whiskey, tequila, and vodka calendars.

Wordle Xmas Ornament

Wordle Xmas Ornament
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If there’s one game that took over phones this year, it was Wordle. Now you can pay tribute to 2022’s popular word game every year with this Word Game Xmas Ornament from Urban Outfitters. Unlike Wordle, this unofficial ornament only has five rows, so you’ve got one less try to guess, but someone already solved it anyway.

Die Hard Advent Calendar

Die Hard Advent Calendar
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It’s not even Halloween yet, so obviously, it’s time to start planning for Christmas. What better way to count down the days than with Hans Gruber falling from Nakatomi Plaza? Leatherhead Laser Work created this hilarious wood advent calendar of Die Hard’s baddie meeting his maker. There’s also a Midnight Edition.

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Spirited (Teaser)

Spirited (Teaser)

Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, and Octavia Spencer star in this feel-good holiday flick that takes elements of A Christmas Carol and adds a dash of whimsy to the occasion. Expect witty banter, Broadway-style musical numbers, and tap dancing. Coming to Apple TV+ 11.18.2022.

Violent Night (Trailer)

Violent Night (Trailer)

We already know that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. But if you’re looking for more Santa Claus in your vigilante action films, look no further than Violent Night, an upcoming holiday flick about a wealthy family held hostage when a tired and jaded Santa (David Harbour) comes down the chimney and stumbles onto the criminals.

The Real Santa

The Real Santa

It’s August and triple-digit temperatures outside for some of us, so the idea of watching a Christmas-themed short film seems a little premature. But we couldn’t resist sharing this charming holiday animation about a boy with very special powers. Directed by Philippe Tempelman for the a German supermarket chain Netto.

Christmas Dominoes

Christmas Dominoes

Domino master Lily Hevesh rings in the holidays with a series of Christmas-themed domino displays, including a giant pixel grid of Santa Claus, presents, ornaments, sleighs, and stockings. We’re guessing she had to stock up on extra red and green dominoes for this video.

Could Santa Really Do His Job?

Could Santa Really Do His Job?

If you believe in Santa Claus, you also must accept the notion that he somehow manages to deliver all of his presents around the globe in one night. Science Insider looks at the physical toll such a chore would take on Santa and his eight tiny reindeer each year.

Heavy Metal Jingle Bells

Heavy Metal Jingle Bells

Guitarist Charlie Parra del Riego knows how to celebrate Christmas with style. Turn your speakers up to 11 and enjoy as he shreds a very special heavy metal edition of Jingle Bells. We recommend adding this to your holiday playlist between the Bing Crosby and Burl Ives.

Hydraulic Press vs. Christmas

Hydraulic Press vs. Christmas

Nothing says Christmas like a 150-ton hydraulic press crushing things. To help us get into the holiday spirit, please enjoy this sequence of festive Christmas decorations, treats, and gifts being smashed into oblivion. This feels like it should be part of our Festivus celebrations after the airing of grievances.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Gets More and More Modern

The 12 Days of Christmas Gets More and More Modern

Musician Nahre Sol performs a unique classical piano arrangement of The 12 Days of Christmas in which each verse gets progressively more and more modern. The performance starts out with the early 18th-century sounds of J.S. Bach and ends with an abstract 21st-century MIDI composition.

Rocket Christmas Tree

Rocket Christmas Tree

You know how you can improve your Christmas tree? Strap a rocket engine to it and launch it into the sky! It’s not quite as easy as that, as Xyla Foxlin, Joe Barnard, and a team of aerospace engineers show us with their insane holiday build. With 1000 newton meters, their tree definitely has more thrust than yours.

Tiny Nintendo Switch Ornament

Tiny Nintendo Switch Ornament

To celebrate the holidays, software engineer Scottbez1 built a miniature replica of a Nintendo Switch to hang on his Christmas tree. The 3D-printed model is roughly 1:5-scale with a working LCD screen that plays animated GIFs of Switch games and has tiny clickable thumbsticks.

Christmastime/Beertime Bottle Opener

Christmastime/Beertime Bottle Opener

To celebrate the holidays, JBV Creative cracked open a cold beer with his 3D-printed bottle opener. The mechanical wall art delivers both a Christmas greeting and a beer-drinkers’ greeting with a flick of the wrist. The 3D model is available free to JBV’s Patreon supporters, or you can buy the model from his website for $3.99.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen: Comma Placement Explained

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen: Comma Placement Explained

Here’s a little Christmas song for the grammar and punctuation nerds out there. Enjoy as RamsesThePigeon sings an a cappella version of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, and plays around with the comma placement to explain why it goes where it does.

World’s Strongest Nutcracker

World’s Strongest Nutcracker

Your typical nutcracker does a pretty good job at pulverizing walnut shells. But Shane from Stuff Made Here wanted something that could crack a steel nut, so he put his engineering chops to good use and built this insanely powerful nutcracker that uses gunpowder to chomp down with more force than Jaws in Moonraker.

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