Welcome to the festival of Christmas goodness!
The Astonishing BetaMax Christmas: Click on the TV Guide to see the bazillion Christmas ads, Christmas shows, Christmas cartoons from days of yore, including ads by Folgers, Nyquil, McDonald’s, Atari, Kodak, Tesco, Cabbage Patch kids, plus clips from Perfect Strangers, Teddy Ruxpin, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, the Muppets, One to Grow On, Will Vinton’s Claymation, the annual CBS Christmas card, a Hall and Oates ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ video, some Max Headroom, ETC! Click the remote’s channel buttons to change channels, and click on the TV Guide to see what’s coming up in the next hour and a half or so.
If nostalgia from the 1970s and ’80s isn’t nostalgic enough for you, listen to Voices of Christmas Past, humdingers from 1898-1922, including Santa Claus Hides in the Phonograph, ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ from the Messiah, Christmas Morning at Clancey’s, Uncle Josh Plays Santa Claus, Angels from the Realms of Glory, and 18 more!
Santas Working Overtime is a chaotic link dump of all things Xmas, from recipes and crafts to videos, audio clips, lists, quizzes, reviews, podcasts and mix tapes, charity links, classical music, Christmas customs, cartoons, and on and on. For instance: John Cleese reading a somewhat updated and rather violent version of ‘The Night Before Christmas‘ (“On Keith! And Banana! And whatever you’re called.”) Also: 10 Christmas Songs I’m Already Sick Of (and 10 Geeky Alternatives) at Wired. The one not listed here, which I’m sick of just thinking about, is ‘The Little Drummer Boy.’ OMG.
For Better or Werts’ Yule Tube: Watch Christmas TV Shows Online! at freebies Hulu, TV4U, In2TV. Hulu has current Christmas shows from 30 Rock, The Office, ER, Psych, et al., and nostalgia from Barney Miller, Father Knows Best, Bob Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore, Married With Children, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Family Ties, Bewitched, Spongebob, et al.
Similarly, Bad Gift Emporium. Rate each giftrocity; some are even available for purchase! Examples: Candy corn mouse butterknife set. Flipflop cheese plate (“Feet and cheese: could there really be a better match?”). Decoupaged fur-lined trash can. Submissive Jesus. Chanukah party music. Deer meat. A ‘Butt Face’ towel. Sea monkeys. You get the idea.
Classic Holiday Music with the Original Golden Artists. It’s a radio show. Turn it on and hear what’s playing. It’s an eclectic mix of classical, country (All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Buck Owens), highly produced boys’ choirs, Burl Ives, The Andrews Sisters, etc. But “No Rap or Rock.”
Paperless Christmas advent calendar. Odd multimedia expectation.
Make you own eggnog — in 18 easy steps.
One of my favourites: Karen Carpenter singing Merry Christmas, Darling on Bruce Forsyth’s show.