Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, there is no escaping the prevalence of Christmas in pop culture. Hanukkah and Kwanza have made some minor inroads, but Christmas still casts a pretty heavy shadow over the month of December in the world of pop. There’s really no getting around it.
As my gift to you, please enjoy this bonus round up of pop culture links related to the holidays.
- The Week consulted a real doctor and asked him to diagnose the severity of the injuries that Kevin McAllister rains upon Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern in Home Alone. Genius!
- How did I miss this? A SpongeBob Christmas album?
- I’ve stated before my love for the TV show Happy Endings, but this week’s Christmas episode was darn near perfect. Any episode that features the following tag of the cast members dancing with Hip Hop Santa is automatically a Christmas classic. And my esteem for Elisha Cuthbert continues to rise.
- The Huffington Post compiled their favorite Christmas episodes on TV. Glad that The O.C.’s celebration of Chrismukkah made the cut.
- Mick Foley, former WWE professional wrestler and author, writes for Slate about his experience playing Santa Claus.
- I would totally send these Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Walking Dead inspired Christmas Cards.
- Listen to author David Sedaris read from his “Santaland Diaries.”
- Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like zombies and the end of the world. And since a Walking Dead Christmas Special doesn’t exist, fans made their own
- From Mental Floss, 11 Christmas songs that never really took off.
- It probably stinks to live next to this guy, but as someone who didn’t bother to decorate at all this year, I can’t help but be impressed by this level of commitment
- Vulture has rounded up the 10 Best Muppet Christmas Moments. For the record, I love the John Denver and The Muppets Christmas album. I make my family listen to it every year as we open presents.
- Grantland has reworked Charles Dickens for “A Tom Cruise Christmas Carol.”
- Mashable has put together the “12 Memes of Christmas:”
- UpRoxx poses the question of our time: Who had the more awful Christmas Card – the Kardashians or The Honey Boo Boos?
- NPR has a story on the high and low of holiday movies.
- Django Unchained and Les Miserables both open on Christmas Day, but neither movie is exactly uplifting. Samuel L. Jackson and Anne Hathaway have a “Sad Off” for Funny or Die (it should be implied since Samuel L. Jackson is involved, but NSFW)
- A NOLA Bounce Remix of The Dreidel Song? Sure, why not? (If you are unfamiliar with bounce, it features a lot of booty shaking, so it probably isn’t suitable for work or kids)
- The “rejected pitch” for A Christmas Story
- Slate has a story inspired by the man behind A Christmas Story, Jean Shepherd.
- Speaking of Shepherd, here is my post on the A Christmas Story sequel and my visit to the A Christmas Story house in Cleveland.
- Big Boi (formerly of Outkast) reads The Grinch That Stole Christmas
- The Story of Festivus
- It’s probably too late to get your Festivus aluminum pole delivered this year, but you can plan ahead for next December 23.
- Flavorwire has created Holiday Party Bingo. Sadly, my holiday party at work doesn’t happen until January and it is a potluck during lunch at work. So we’re basically throwing ourselves a party four ourselves in the middle of the work day. Exciting.
- It isn’t Christmas until someone trots out the cringeworthy Star Wars Holiday Special
- I’m a big fan of The League on FX, so I was very psyched to see Taco (Jon Lajoie) singing “The Best Christmas Song.” It’s hilariously awful.
- Polyphonic Spree have put together a stylish, indie Christmas playlist.
- My head nearly exploded from the awesomeness assembled in this video – Stephen Colbert, Michael Stipe and Mandy Patinkin sing “Good King Wenceslas”
- The mysterious Mraakko has created a The Simpsons gingerbread house:
- More fun with gingerbread – this time it’s Downton Abbey
- Mark Twain wrote a letter to his then three year old daughter, pretending to be Santa Claus.
- Flavorwire created a supercut of the very bad Santas in cinematic history
- More from Flavorwire – The history behind NYC’s most iconic holiday decorations.
- Time has 10 things you didn’t know about beloved holiday songs.
- My favorite Christmas song is “All I want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. Don’t judge. So I was extremely excited when it got the Jimmy Fallon/The Roots treatment on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:
And finally – a Charlie Brown/Louie mash-up is pretty much tailor made for me:
The blog will be taking a few days off to celebrate the holidays. Look for it to return the middle of next week.