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Ahh Christmas. The tree, the stockings, the mistletoe and - of course - the holiday télévision programming.

Some of my fondest Christmas memories were spent in front a of télévision watching such classics as the animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ou one of the myriad versions of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'.

So without further ado, I am presenting toi with my big, big liste of holiday specials. I've tried to categorize the liste into subsections to make it a little plus bearable and consumable. The...
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In 1984, a group of well-intentioned musicians got together to form the charity group Band Aid to raise money for famine in Ethiopia with their release of the super populaire song, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" On the surface, to hear someone claim to "hate" such a song makes that person seem like a complete and total Grinch. How could toi hate a song that raised money for famine victims, ou brought awareness to the plight in Ethiopia? Right?

So allow me to explain my frustration with the song. Most people l’amour the song, for its warm message and altrusitic intentions. I myself even link on a...
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 Santa Claus would need a hell of a lot plus reindeers than this to tow that massive amount of loot for all the world's Christian children...
Santa Claus would need a hell of a lot more reindeers than this to tow that massive amount of loot for all the world's Christian children...
This is a reprint of a classic article that ran in the now defunct Spy Magazine about 15 years il y a ou so. This article is all over the internets now, though few sites properly attribute the original source. In any event, here's the reprinted text to this holiday classic.

Consider the following:

1) No known species of reindeer can fly. But there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer which only Santa has ever seen.

2) There are 2 billion children (persons under 18) in the world....
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Back when I was a kid watching Christmas specials on TV, Mrs. Claus was invariably portrayed as a sweet but dowdy older woman of slightly plump stature. She could cook a mean pie and reminded toi of your Grandma. Of course, we loved her and so did Santa.

But did toi ever wonder what Mrs. Claus might have looked like when she was younger? I mean, I assume she must've be smokin' (natch).

So why is it that so many of the classic holiday programs montrer us a Santa Claus surrounded par androgynous little elves and a matronly Mrs. Claus? I mean, it's cold up at the North Pole. Surely Santa isn't adverse...
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In Germany, today is the First Advent – meaning the first of the for Sundays before Christmas. It is often the last Sunday in November, but this year, it happens to be exactly on December first. Advent is here the time we spend in preparation for the Christmas celebrating, lighting one candle every Sunday.

The sixth of December is a very special day, Nicholas day. The prior evening, everyone in the house is cleaning their largest pair of shoes and putting it in front of the fireplace (or another special place). The suivant morning, the shoes are filled with sweets – if the children have been...
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Another Holiday season is upon us and toi know what that means: break out the egg nog, light up the tree, put up the stockings, take out a seconde mortgage for the credit card bill and feu up The Carpenter's Christmas album (turn it up to 11, will you?).

It also means it's time for another liste of Christmas video goodies.

So kick back and get ready to enjoy another batch of holiday fun. Oh, and in case toi missed last year's liste be sure to check out link

So without further ado...

The Essentials
I'm reposting these from last year's liste because these are the items most people want to see....
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If you're looking for a festive look that doesn't scream "CHRISTMAS!", try out a sparkly sequinned dress! It's a populaire look with all kinds of celebs.

Taylor Swift, Jordin Sparks, Beyonce, Hilary Duff, Katy Perry, and Kristen Stewart have all shone in shiny dresses. It's a great look to wear to any holiday event toi might have coming up (a party, a school dance, a girls' night, etc. etc.)

Here are some options we found from Delia's. This one is a light grey dress with a smattering of sparkles and a flouncy skirt. The seconde one only has sparkles on the haut, retour au début and a cute bow at the waist. And the third option is an all-over sequins look!

If toi don't feel comfortable wearing full-on sparkles, try accessorizing with something like glittery tights, a sparkly ring, ou shiny metallic nail polish.

Do toi like this trendy look?
A little late on this one but here are a few 'carols' I found funny. Not all of these are sûr, sans danger for work. If toi have any plus feel free to drop them in the commentaires section.

Bob Rivers' 12 Pains Of Christmas

Jeff Foxworthy's 12 Days Of Redneck Christmas

Key Of Awesome's 12 Days Of Miley

Key Of Awesome's Christmas Parody Spectacular

Jon LaJolie's Best Christmas Song

Jojo OrangaTang's Christmas On The Floor

Nigahiga's Christmas Swag

WaneFawsome's Itchy Balls

Jillian Hall's Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

Bob Rivers' Who Put The D*** On The Snow Man

Cheech & Chong's Police Got My Car

Bing Bing Bong A Donald Trump Jingle Bells
 A White Grinch???
A White Grinch???
Since we're all still in Christmas mood, here is my comparison for both the 1966 animated short with its live action film made in 2000.

1966 Animated Short

This animated short that started it all! I l’amour the vibrant and how colourful this animated cartoon, it's whimsical animation style will make toi l’amour this cartoon and Dr. Seuss, his artwork fascinates people even in today's generation, the theme song 'You're Mean One, Mr. Grinch!' has even been covered in the TV series, 'Glee' that I could not get it out of my head after listening to it recently.

2000 Live Action Film

When this film came...
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Not a fan of your traditional Christmas music? Here's a liste of hard Christmas songs from all over the metal spectrum! If toi have any plus suggestions feel free to drop them in the comments.

Within Temptation's gothique Christmas

Ben Kweller's It Ain't Christmas Yet

Material Issue's Merry Christmas

Lacuna Coil's Naughty Christmas

Amarna Reign's Black Christmas

Hedegaard's Scary Christmas

Trans Siberian Orchestra's Carol Of The Bells

August Burns Red's Carol Of The Bells

I Declare War's Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Hope For Tomorrow's A Very Metalcore Christmas

Hollywood Undead's Christmas In Hollywood...
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posted by deedeeflower
• The first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned in London, in 1843, par Sir Henry Cole, with illustration par John Callcott Horsley. President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first official White House card in 1953.

• "Rudolph" was actually created par Robert May for Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's as a holiday promotion. The song was written later par Johnny Marks, and recorded par Gene Autry in 1949; it promptly sold about 2 million copies.


• Christmas became an official national holiday in the USA on June 28, 1870.

• Poinsettias are the most populaire Christmas plant and are...
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posted by deedeeflower
Mistletoe, in older times, was believed to have protective properties and was hung to ward off evil spirits. Celts believed that mistletoe, a parasitic plant that grows on trees, had special powers that could heal diseases, make poisons harmless, protect against evil spells and bring fertility to childless women. For many years, Christian places of worship did not allow it inside because of its pagan associations. But nowadays it is mostly used as an excuse to steal a kiss.

The origin of our tradition of s’embrasser under the mistletoe is Lost in the mists of antiquity. Some say it probably stemmed...
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posted by KaterinoulaLove
In Greece when we talk about the "holidays" we are referring to the holiday period of Christmas, New an and Epiphany.
Traditionallythe Christmas holiday period lasts 12 days in Greece. There are many customs associated with the "twelve jour of Christmas," some very old and others relatively recent, like the decorated arbre and the turkey on the Christmas-day table.
Historically,in 354 A.D. it was arranged for the birth of Christ to be celebrated on December 25, the same jour that they celebrated the birth of the ancient god Mithra, known as the "invincible sun god" and god of all solar deities...
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 Merry Christmas Fanpopping Friends
Merry Christmas Fanpopping Friends
'Tis the season to be jolly!
I have had to remind myself of this fact constantly in the past week for I have had probably the most stressful week of 2008. All I wanted was to be in readiness and organized for my favourite time of an but things do not always go as planned.
I decide to do some accueil renovations and paint my house back in September, the house did not really need a revamping but I was bored and thought it was time for a change. Little did I imagine that only a few days before Christmas the house would still be looking like a hurricane had swept through it.
I decided to get rid of...
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posted by DoctorSpud
I wrote this short song, based upon "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". It has been effectively retitled "Santa Claus is bringing toi down".
You're going to shout
You're going to cry
You're going to pout, and I'm telling toi why
Sant Claus is bringing toi down!
He knows when toi are knocked out
He knows when you're in pain
He knows when to coup de poing ou not
And his wallops will drive toi insane, woah!
Sant Claus is bring toi down!
Yeah, Santa Claus is bring toi down!
Yeah, Santa Claus is bringing toi DOWN!

I wrote this other, slightly longer song, based upon "Frosty the Snowman" and effectively retitled "Frosty...
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posted by shomill
Santa Kitty,
I’ve really been an awfully good cat,
And that
Is not an easy thing for me,
Santa Kitty,
So scurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa Kitty,
A ten-pound bag of cat food, too,
From you.
I’ve been an Angel all year,
Santa Kitty,
So scurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all
The nourriture I’ve missed.
Think of all the items on
My people’s grocery list.
They really have been
Mean to me.
It takes a lot of food
To feed a cat like me!

Santa Kitty,
Slip a lait bowl under the tree
For me.
I’ll stay up for you, dear
Santa Kitty,
So scurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa Kitty,
I need something to chase ’round...
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posted by hm94991
I found this funny little poem in a book called "Live and Learn and pass it on," lire it out of sheer bordom.

Here it is--
Stage one - When a boy belives in Santa Clause.

When a boy doesent belive in Santa Clause.

When a boy is Santa Clause.

When a boy looks like Santa Clause.


hmmm.......... This has to be longer so it can be an article so here are the lyrics for "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don't want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas...
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posted by jhopgood
Remember when life was simple and everyone wore jellies, leg warmers, and parachute pants? If so, toi were lucky enough to have lived some years in that crazy time of the 80’s. All toi had to worry about was school and what GI Joe toi were getting this an (please God, let it be Storm Shadow)? Well, this liste is a flashback to those fun times of the 80's. Whether toi were 8 ou 38 in the 80’s, you’ll enjoy this blast from the past. I’ve included all the best of cartoons, sit-coms, holiday specials, musique vidéos and commercials. So sit back, relax, and pop up the collier of your polo...
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posted by katiemariie
I really enjoy the Christmas season. I l’amour the films that get played every year. I l’amour the Christmas musique radio station. I l’amour the lights. I l’amour the snow. I l’amour the togetherness. I l’amour the Claymation. I l’amour wrapping presents. I l’amour unwrapping presents. I l’amour making cards and presents for my Friends and my teachers. I l’amour going to the mall and finding the perfect gift. I l’amour going shopping with my friends. I l’amour the classroom Christmas parties that are against school rules. I l’amour going to Petsmart with my mom to get stockage, empoissonnement stuffers for my cats. I l’amour waking up early on Christmas...
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Dear Santa, here's my Christmas list.
I hope you'll bring it all.
I've only asked for gifts my parents
can't find at the mall.

I'd like to have a UFO,
with aliens inside,
and maybe a Tyrannosaurus Rex
that I could ride.

A ninety-nine foot robot
is a present I could use.
I'll also need a time machine,
and rocket-powered shoes.

Please bring a gentle genie
who will grant my every wish,
and don't forget a wizard's wand,
and, yes, a talking fish.

Of course, I'll need a unicorn,
and won't toi please provide
a dragon, and a castle
in the English countryside.

Of course, the weight of all these things
might cause your sleigh to crash.
If that's the case, dear Santa,
please feel free to just bring cash.