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Christmas

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Ten Out-Music Carol Covers: A Very Avant-Garde Christmas

    'Tis the season, as they say, to make merry -- to spike and quaff egg nog, to unearth crates of broken ornaments, to wrap overpriced boxed sets in radioactive tinsel. It is also the season, unfortunately, to suffer through traditional and more recent versions of Christmas carols you were already sic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Ten Spots to Dine on Christmas Day

    Whether a kitchen disaster foils your Christmas dinner plans or you're just looking for a nice meal out for your day off, you might check in on these ten restaurants, all spots that are keeping the light on for Christmas Day.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The History of the Televised Yule Log, Which Was Invented in New York City

    Gather 'round, children, and I will tell you a holiday story, the story of the WPIX Yule Log. The yule log, the ceremonial incineration of a whole tree, has been a Christmas tradition for centuries. But television's Yule Log, a loop of blazing fireplace flickering to a soundtrack of the Boston Pops, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2013

    Rightbloggers Wish America a Miserable War on Christmas, Again

    Merry War on Christmas! Did you miss it? No? Well, too bad, because after ten years it appears to be as important and obnoxious a part of our solstice revels as SantaCon and "Wonderful Christmastime." But though sheer habit and a taste for proven clickbait may be what keeps rightbloggers on the Wo ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 11, 2013

    ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS . . .

    The holidays are meant for singing terrible tacky music

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Why the Hell Did Bad Religion Make a Christmas Album?

    Every winter our mailbox overfloweth with Christmas albums, from exceedingly unlikely sources. But a disc of traditional Christmas songs, on Epitaph, from L.A. punk icons Bad Religion? That's downright bizarre. After all, the group has pointedly critiqued organized religion; vocalist Greg Graffin ... More >>

  • Film

    November 27, 2013
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    December 21, 2012

    A Three-Hour Medley Of Christmas Songs!

    This is all you'll need as your aural backdrop for what's left of the Christmas season. It's a three-hour--plus 17:56 minute--mashup of every Christmas song ever recorded, from the cute to the charming to the charmingly cute to the downright satanic. I hate this stuff with a passion, but maybe if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Why I Hate Christmas With A Passion

    'Tis the season to be cranky, so let me spit out my eggnog and tell you what I hate about this enforced annual nightmare: *The fact that it starts earlier and earlier each year. This year, the hype started in October! Next year it'll probably be July. *The relentless barrage of fake good cheer a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    10 Best Restaurants to Book for Christmas Eve Dinner

    Walking around Lower Manhattan these past few nights, it is clear that something is in the air. Literally. Take a deep breath in and find your lungs greeted by wave of pine from the tightly wrapped trees that now seem to line every street corner. By next week, it will be impossible to dodge the ho ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 21, 2012

    MERRY XXXMAS!

    Holiday revue forgoes stockings and more

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Michelle Obama Is Our Mom In Chief!

    She even likes the title, as she mentioned in her convention speech last night, which is getting raves. Michelle talked about her husband as "a man you can trust." She spoke about the long-term process that growth is, and how we have to hang in there and keep working at it. Also remarkable was wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    A Christmas Tree Set a Car on Fire in the East Village

    As Myles wrote on Monday, it's high time to throw away your old, dead Christmas tree. But while doing so, please dispose of it properly! According to the blog Strollerderby, a Christmas tree was seen in flames, in the East Village, the other night. It managed to set an entire minivan on fire. (EV Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2011

    Quiz: Are You a Soldier in the War on Christmas?

    ​If you are reading this, it means you have withstood the first assault of the War on Christmas. We have taken the words of various talk show hosts and politicians to heart and are currently in our Christmas bunker, waiting for the unrelenting attacks from the sinister pleasantry, "Happy Holid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Two Christmas Songs I Really Hate!

    ​I know "hate" and "Christmas" probably shouldn't be in the same sentence, so how about "despise"? Anyway, I absolutely loathe "The Little Drummer Boy". I find it slow and tedious and pretentious and annoying. Hearing it over and over again is the equivalent of putting hot pokers under my n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Divine Lived For Christmas!

    Plus-sized drag superstar Divine will be forever equated with Christmas, partly because Divine's character, Dawn Davenport, threw that classic fit over not having gotten cha cha heels from Santa in 1974's Female Trouble.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Seven Spots to Eat a Feast of the Seven Fishes

    Andy Ciordia/FlickrExpect fish, fish, fish, and more fish.​ Christmas is a-coming, and while the kiddies might be all excited about Santa Claus's visit, the more food-focused will be looking forward to the Feast of the Seven Fishes, one of the most gluttonous culinary traditions of the season. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2011

    Union Square Holiday Market Now Open, Park Smells Like Cinnamon

    Now in its eighteenth year, the Union Square Holiday Market opened yesterday--a week before Black Friday. The "Christmas episode" of the year-round Greenmarket features wares from local knickknackeries. Neighborhood fixtures like Wafels and Dinges are there, as are unusual businesses like the one sp ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 16, 2011
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    November 9, 2011

    Scrooge McHorrible America Will Tax Your Christmas Tree [Updated]

    ​A tax on Christmas trees -- Christmas trees! -- has been approved by the Obama administration, to raise $2 million to pay for an ad campaign that will explain the benefits of live trees over fake ones. Does anyone really need to be explained the benefits of live trees? In brief, they smell be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Please Stop Christmas Shopping in October, You're Making Us Look Bad

    ​Check your calendars, friends. Yep, we're in October, a month in which your only concern should be which of your lightweight jackets to throw across your shoulders as you tread effortlessly out of your house and also, what creative and intelligent but still sultry and appealing to members of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    An October 18 Warning: Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" Will Be Everywhere This Holiday Season

    ​This year's crop of holiday-themed records includes albums by the likes of She & Him, Tony Bennett, and Scott Weiland. But the one that will probably emerge as sales champ (or at least get mentioned by a lot of people on Twitter) is Under The Mistletoe, the first seasonally minded release fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Five Novelty Songs That Were In Heavy Rotation During The Z Morning Zoo's Golden Era

    ​Today the AV Club has a feature up on enjoyable novelty songs that namechecks (among others) the sitcom-created boyband 2ge her, the musical works of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Barnes & Barnes' seminal "Fish Heads," not to mention good old "Weird Al" Yankovic. Any discussion of novelty s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Newsweek's Julian Assange Christmas Photos Are Really Quite Magical

    One of the many faces of possibly being extradited, via Robert King/Newsweek​Did anyone ever watch the sentimental, autobiographical Truman Capote short called "A Christmas Memory"? In it, an orphaned boy lives with a group of elderly relatives, one of whom is his best friend, an eccentric, ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Post-Christmas Christmas Trees on Clearance in Queens

    ‚ÄčIf you missed Christmas the first time around, or want to celebrate it again, or just want to keep your home pumped full of that fresh, pine-y conifer smell, a Korean man in Flushing, Queens is offering a "big sale" on his leftover stock of 300 Christmas trees. [NYT]

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    The Best of the #failedrockbandmovies Hashtag

    ​Online music nerds are just like the rest of us in the downtime between Christmas and New Year's: unwrapping the last bit of reheatable Christmas dinner, bidding visiting relatives a fond adieu, being trapped inside by a foot of snow with only Twitter to keep them warm. So it came as no surpr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Week In Review: All I Want For Christmas Is Train

    We suggest you play this song around your family tomorrow. Get it here.​That's it for us, internet, we're back on Monday. But before we leave, let's run it back. The worst song of 2010? Well, it wasn't the cast of Glee's "Loser." And it wasn't Bret Michaels's repulsive cover of "What I Got." W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Five Curious Culinary Christmas Customs

    ​How about some eels for Christmas dinner? Get 'em on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. You think fruitcake and eggnog are strange? You think houses made of gingerbread are weird? Read on about some even more off-the-wall Christmas dining habits.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Dirty and Offensive Christmas Songs!

    ​The only way I can deal with the annual onslaught of cheery and/or solemn Christmas songs is to make up filthy, raucous versions of them and make those the official hymns of the season. It's painfully immature, for sure, but it helps cut through the cheap sentiment and relentless faux glee t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Home for the Holidays with New York City Chefs

    brainbasedbusiness.comTwas the Night Before Deliciousness​ Ah, the holidays. A time for eating, cozying up by the fire, eating, caroling, and more eating. How will New York City chefs be celebrating this Yuletide? We got in touch with a bunch of them to see what their feasting entails and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Your Christmas Tree May Be Offending Someone Right Now

    ​Today in over-the-top political correctness seemingly supported by science: Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada have undertaken a study to see how Christmas trees hurt the feelings of impact people who aren't Christian. They asked 77 Christians and 57 non-Christians to fill out a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Santa Extra-Pushy This Year (or, the Christmas Creep Begins)

    ​It's November 3. It was just Halloween, and we're still clinging to the last vestiges of Daylight Savings Time (get ready to falllll baaaaack this Sunday!). But...have you done your Christmas shopping yet? 'Cause you have to get on that shit. As EV Grieve has noted, "Duane Reade Puts Out Its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2009

    Weekend Special: Christmas Leftovers

    You've opened all your totally enjoyable presents, eaten literally thousands of decorated Christmas cookies, knocked back bumpers of nog and wassail--now's the time to sit back like Scrooge and take stock of the stranger Xmas apparitions...

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Battle of the Dishes: Candy Canes from CVS and Papabubble

    Papabubble's hulking candy cane menaces its CVS competitor.​ Aside from their red stripes, candy canes have changed remarkably little since the 17th century, when, as various sources have it, a German choirmaster took straight white sticks of candy and bent them into hooks to hand out to child ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Yule Log Returns to WPIX on Christmas

    We knew you were worried about it, so we rush to tell you that WPIX has announced that it will air the Yule Log this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Log debuted in 1966, was discontinued in 1990, and revived in 2001 to help us get over 9/11. (No, really.) The bizarre loop of burning lumber wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    What's Happening This Week: A Fondue Feast & Christmas Eve

    Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Fondue: Hands-On Cooking & Wine Pairing Astor Center December 21 Is there anything more satisfying than a pot of hot cheese on a cold day? Join culinary instructor Emily Peterson fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Dyker Heights Excursion: Italian Bakeries and Over-the-Top Christmas Lights

    Grandma's is particularly inviting on a rainy night​ Perhaps you've heard about the Christmas lights displays in the mainly Italian neighborhood of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, that inspired a PBS documentary, Dyker Lights. But the spectacle has to be seen to be believed--wend your way through 77n ... More >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2009

    Holiday Music Roundup '09

    Weird Christmas records: They're not just for Dylan anymore

  • Voice Choices

    December 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 13, 2009

    War on Christmas Not As Warlike This Year: Obama to Blame?

    We are deep into War on Christmas season (following hard upon the War on Thanksgiving season), and have noted some encouraging portents for the Jesus team. But as with the War in Vietnam, victory is in doubt if the people's hearts aren't in it, and in contrast to last year, the tone of War on Ch ... More >>

  • Music

    October 13, 2009

    O Rasp, All Ye Faithful: Bob Dylan's Christmas Album

    Zimmerman's Christmas: mildly enjoyable, tremendously strange

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2008

    Merry Christmas

    We heard earlier that Christmas air and even train travel was messed up, but NY1 reports the Christmas miracle of "few delays" (though the Staten Island Advance tells Santa to avoid the Goethals Bridge). So everyone can rest easy en route or at their destinations and read inspiring yuletide stories ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Toasted Coconut Marshmallows: Easiest Gift Ever

    Pretty, and not a pain in the assEvery single year without fail, I convince myself that I want to make Christmas cookies. And every single year, I end up in the kitchen at 2am, covered in dough, cursing myself and Christmas in general.Last week, Hailey wrote about her adventures with candy cane sand ... More >>

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    Presents Pending

    Christmas Is Almost Here.Been Naughty? Nice?

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