Archives: Holidays

Santa(con) is Coming To Town


One of my favorite days of the year is coming up this weekend …MORE AFTER THE JUMP!


The Big White Elephant in the Room

Donut Seeds

If, like me, you’ve got a White Elephant party coming up at work and are feeling intimidated by the spending ceiling (for ours, it’s $20), check out these two gift ideas lists (this one is marginally classier than this one, which is mostly funny).  Help me decide – which are your faves?!

Don’t know the White Elephant rules?  Here you go!

Let the stealing begin!


Secret Santas

I don’t even care if this is a plug for the evil airline empire!  It’s also a plug for kindness and generosity (everything is better in Canada).  I dare you to watch without sniffling as Canadian airline, WestJet, plays Santa to an entire flight of unsuspecting passengers in what is, by far, the most moving holiday video I’ve seen this year.

See more about this awesome Christmas miracle (including a Santa blooper reel – who doesn’t love blooper reels?) at Mashable!

Are you planning on playing any Christmas surprises this year?  My mom used to like going to her local department stores and anonymously paying for people’s layaway purchases on Christmas Eve.  She figured that if they hadn’t picked them up by Christmas Eve, they’d probably decided they couldn’t afford them and would be extra surprised to get a call from the department store that they were paid in full by a secret Santa.  That might just be one of my favorite things she ever did.


All I Want for Christmas

Christmas List

This is the best piece of journalism I’ve read all year.  Writer Drew Magary walks us through his 7 year-old’s “Insane Christmas Wish List (Annotated)“, which includes:

  1. A little thing that can turn into anything at anytime;
  2. 5 North Face jackets; and
  3. 1,000 bucks.

This is an aggressive list, but his take-down of each item one-by-one should be etched in stone and kept on Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments.

Growing up in my family, we weren’t allowed to make wish lists or say “I want X-Y-Z for Christmas.”  Of course, this just turned into me dropping hints like, “Hey, Mom.  You know what I DON’T want for Christmas?  The Barbie Motor Home.”  (Because, in fact, I wanted it so bad that even the trailer park in my hometown made me envious.)

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

Also – I’m not ashamed to say that this is the best Christmas song ever written:


Advent Calendar of Kindness

Spandy Andy

Meet Spandy Andy who is spreading kindness with candy (and fear with spandex) all throughout NYC as part of the Advent Calendar of Kindness (click to inspire your own random acts of kindness every day until Christmas).  He is not a kidnapper, though it’s clear that people think he might be one.

I’d like to suggest he also play Richard Simmons in a future biopic.

Check out this charming video: AFTER THE JUMP!