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Friday December 25, 2009 10:07 am EST
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Thursday December 24, 2009 02:59 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut. For Dec. 23:

'Twas the holiday eve, when all through the house

Not a user was clicking on a cordless mouse;

Our wish-lists were sent with care through e-mail

With hopes St. Nick would scan them...

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Wednesday December 23, 2009 01:45 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut. For Dec. 23

''The Grinch put his hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.

It started in low. Then it started to grow …

But the sound wasn’t sad!

Why it sounded...

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Tuesday December 22, 2009 01:00 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 22: "‘His clothes were worn and told, he was dirty from head to toe.’ He’s like a Dickensian street urchin. In a world of hand sanitizers, he’s ‘Have you got a ha’ penny, sir? Then...

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Monday December 21, 2009 03:11 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

For Dec. 21: "Wait! I've got a better plan / To catch this big red lobster man. / Let's pop him in a boiling pot / And when he's done we'll butter him up!"

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Sunday December 20, 2009 03:13 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut. For Dec. 20:

Edmund: "Shall I begin the Christmas story?"

George: "Absolutely! As long it's not that terribly depressing one about the chap that gets born on Christmas day, shoots his mouth off about everything...

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Saturday December 19, 2009 03:36 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 19: "All day long I listen to people give me excuses why they can't work. 'My legs hurt.' 'My back aches.' 'I'm only four.' The sooner he learns life isn't handed to him on a silver platter, the better."

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Friday December 18, 2009 02:28 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut. For Dec. 18:

Jingle Bells: Hello? Jingle Bells, Number 1 Elf speaking. May I ask who is calling please? Oh, hi, Mrs. Claus. Yes, Mrs. Claus. Okay, Mrs. Claus. Sure thing, Mrs. Claus. Right away, Mrs. Claus....

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Thursday December 17, 2009 01:02 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 17: "Look out, kids. There's no hospital at the North Pole. Some of the elves are so inbred, they can't survive a common cold."

— The RiffTrax crew (Mike Nelson, Tim Corbett and Kevin Murphy)...

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Wednesday December 16, 2009 01:53 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 16: "Hey kids, Santa Flash is back! Along with my special helper, Freaky the Snowman!"

"Just give them the toy and take me to jail."

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Tuesday December 15, 2009 01:45 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut. For Dec. 15:

"I know how you feel about all this Christmas business, getting depressed and all that. It happens to me every year. I never get what I really want. I always get a lot of stupid toys or a bicycle or...

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Monday December 14, 2009 03:41 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Mandy: What star sign is he?

Wise Man #2: Capricorn.

Mandy: Capricorn, eh? What are they like?

Wise Man #2: He is the son of God, our Messiah.

Wise Man #1: King of the Jews.

Mandy: And...

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Sunday December 13, 2009 02:28 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 13:

“Hey, where’d that cool creepy Santa come from?”

“Japan. Except over there they call him ‘Annual Gift Man’ and he lives on the moon.”

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Saturday December 12, 2009 03:52 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 12: "All I really want for Christmas is the ability to hate Christmas. Is that so wrong?"

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Friday December 11, 2009 03:34 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day — this time, from Mt. Sinai.

Dec. 11:

"Here's a list of who's been naughty and who's been nice."

"Hmm.. Brad Anderson, naughty. Now what'd he do that was so bad?"

"His parents had some company over and he spoke when he wasn't spoken to."

"What is with you...

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Thursday December 10, 2009 01:26 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 10: "NOW it was serious. A double-dog-dare. What else was there but a "triple dare you"? And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare."

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Wednesday December 9, 2009 01:22 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.




Dec. 9: "Your mistletoe is no match for my TOW missle!"


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Tuesday December 8, 2009 01:17 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 8: "I can count to ten. One, two, three, four, five, nine, six, eight... Well, I can count to five."

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Monday December 7, 2009 05:06 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 7: "Snowball just leads elves on, elves and Santas. He is playing a dangerous game."

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Sunday December 6, 2009 02:50 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.../../freshloaf/tag/clickable-advent-calendar/

Dec. 6: "Open up your heart and let the Patrick Swayze Christmas in / We'll gather at the road house, with our next of kin..."

A new Christmas carol, which has a...

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Saturday December 5, 2009 06:39 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut. This one's NSFW, because it's Saturday.

Dec. 5:

Willie: What the fuck are you doing? Don't fuck with my beard.

Kid: It's not real.

Willie: No shit. Ya see, it was real, but then Santa got sick and...

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Friday December 4, 2009 03:53 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 4: "He loves me, I love you / Therefore, vicariously, he loves you!..."

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Thursday December 3, 2009 01:51 pm EST

This year’s non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut.

Dec. 3: "Hey look, mister - we serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don't need any characters around to give the joint 'atmosphere'."

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Wednesday December 2, 2009 01:40 pm EST

This year's non-denominational Clickable Advent Calendar offers a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut. Today features an obscure line from an otherwise oft-quoted classic.

December 2: "I'm off to get my supplies: cornmeal, gun powder, ham hocks and guitar strings. I'll give you a lift!"

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Tuesday December 1, 2009 01:51 pm EST

The non-demoninational Clickable Advent Calendar doesn't want to repeat itself from the prior yuletide season. In 2008 it emphasized classic Christmas clips, but this year will offer a holiday-themed quote of the day, with the source — and maybe a surprise goodie — after the cut. Christmas-crazed readers may want to treat it as a daily trivia test.

December 1: "Every time a...

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Thursday December 25, 2008 12:32 pm EST

For my final Christmas post, a clip that's been stuck in my head practically non-stop since I first saw it. Forgive the lines of superfluous code at the top — consider it the gift wrap.

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Wednesday December 24, 2008 12:09 pm EST

image-1The Clickable Advent Calendar is almost over for 2008, so here are some items I couldn't get to, in the spirit of "stocking stuffers."

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention humorist David Sedaris, who made his name with acerbic commentaries on Christmas, particularly The Santaland Diaries (the theatrical version of which currently runs at Horizon Theatre and stars Harold Leaver, whom I...

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Tuesday December 23, 2008 12:02 pm EST

December 23 is the date people are meant to celebrate "Festivus," the Christmas-substitute holiday invented by Frank Costanza as per the 1997 "Seinfeld" episode "The Strike." I'm not sure if people are still amused by the idea of Festivus traditions like the airing of grievances and the feats of strength, but this clip offers a quick refresher.

Last Friday I received an unusual email in my...

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Monday December 22, 2008 06:10 pm EST
A holiday tradition in my household is to watch the “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” episode Santa Claus. This astonishing Mexican Christmas movie from 1959 features a horned devil in red tights who sabotages Santa’s attempts to deliver toys, until Kris Kringle gets help from Merlin the magician and some terrifying mechanical reindeer.  Here's a helpful highlights montage.... | more...

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Sunday December 21, 2008 02:04 am EST
This year marks the 30th anniversary of “The Star Wars Holiday Special,” which CBS broadcast on Nov. 17, 1978. I saw it for its original broadcast and have seen it since, but it’s the kind of bizarre pop aberration that’s so strange, it’s easier to think of it as some kind of elaborate hoax (you know, like the fake moon landing) than an entertainment that people... | more...

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Friday December 19, 2008 12:28 pm EST
image-1Not surprisingly, those Atlanta-based mad scientists responsible for the Adult Swim programming on the Cartoon Network make merry with extreme prejudice at the holidays. The "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Star-Studded Christmas Spectacular Starring Rhon Geremi" will be broadcast Christmas Eve, but a sleighful of holiday-themed shows air tonight, Dec. 19, including "Robot Chicken's Half-Assed... | more...

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Thursday December 18, 2008 12:53 pm EST
image-1Tonight, Dec. 18, ABC Family broadcasts the live-action Jim Carrey film How The Grinch Stole Christmas from 2000. Let us not speak of it again lest it sully our memories of the classic 1966 cartoon "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" which isn’t just one of the best Christmas specials, but is one of the best pieces of animation made for television of any kind. Chuck Jones, who... | more...

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Wednesday December 17, 2008 12:45 pm EST
The Muppets have always been all over Christmas. Some of the Jim Henson holiday specials include  the "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" from 1977; "John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together" from 1979 (hey, we had that album), The Muppet Christmas Carol theatrical film (with Michael Caine as Scrooge) from 1992; and one of my favorites, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (with... | more...

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Tuesday December 16, 2008 01:00 pm EST
English funnyman Rowan Atkinson is one of the last, best practitioners of old-school physical comedy and sight gags, which have won him international fame through his bumbling man-child alter ego, Mr. Bean. Mr. Bean: The Ultimate Collection, which goes on sale today, is one of those unbelievably exhaustive DVD sets that gathers seemingly every Bean appearance and piece of pop ephemera in... | more...

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Monday December 15, 2008 03:18 pm EST
image-1The silver-and-gold standard for stop-motion animated Christmas specials is the original Rankin-Bass “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” special from 1964. At my house we watch it several times during the holiday season and I have two traditions that probably annoy other people. First, when Rudolph meets the sweet doe who bats her eyes at him and says “My name’s... | more...

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Sunday December 14, 2008 01:00 pm EST
No fair — England's going to have a merrier Christmas than the United States this year! Why? Because Aardman Animation's new Wallace & Gromit short film, "A Matter of Loaf and Death," is scheduled to debut on Christmas Day on BBC One. Briefly titled "Trouble at Mill," the new 30-minute short finds silly inventor Wallace and his sensible dog Gromit working at a bakery and encountering... | more...

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Saturday December 13, 2008 01:00 pm EST
If I were on top of my game, I'd have an entry about the holiday-themed series finale of Ricky Gervais' "Extras," which airs on HBO on Tuesday night. But apparently I'm not, because I don't. What to do? Wait, I know: Gervais, who co-created "Extras," also co-created an even more acclaimed sitcom, "The Office." And the Dec. 11 episode of the U.S. "Office," titled "Moroccan Christmas," has a... | more...

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Friday December 12, 2008 01:00 pm EST
It's a Wonderful Life airs tomorrow night at 7 p.m. on NBC. It's unquestionably one of the best Christmas-themed movies ever made, but some things about it really stick in my craw, and I'm not alone in this. Maybe it's because the inequities and injustices of American life seem so close to its surface. Everyman George Bailey sacrifices his dreams to fight the good fight in Bedford Falls, and... | more...

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Thursday December 11, 2008 01:00 pm EST
Mention "A Year Without a Santa Claus" to people, and you'll probably be met with blank stares. But sing a few lines like "I'm Mr. Cold Miser, I'm Mr. Snow..." and they'll probably join in with "... He's Mr. Icicle, He's Mr. Ten Below." People may not remember much about "Year Without a Santa Claus," the Rankin-Bass stop-motion animated holiday special from 1974, but the rival brothers Cold... | more...

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Wednesday December 10, 2008 01:00 pm EST
Monday, The Daily Dish, The Vulture and Alejandro all drew my attention to A BeTaMaXMaS. I'm clearly behind the times to be posting it today (but yesterday I just had to plus Silent Night, Deadly Night). Anyway, dressed up to look like a basement rec room, the site uses Youtube to simulate different channels during the pre-cable era, and they're all showing holiday programming (including... | more...

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Tuesday December 9, 2008 02:41 pm EST
Tonight at 9:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre's monthly Splatter Cinema screening decks the halls with gouts of blood. (Fa la la la la, la la la la.) The moviehouse presents the notorious Yuletide-themed slasher film Silent Night, Deadly Night from 1984, which features a crazed killer who dresses up like Santa Claus and uses such murder weapons as Christmas tree lights and reindeer antlers (as well as... | more...

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Monday December 8, 2008 01:00 pm EST
One of the most beloved — and refreshingly soft-spoken — animated TV specials ever made, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs on ABC tonight at 8 p.m. The first cartoon version of Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip was broadcast in 1965 and featured many unusual touches, such as the casting of children (many of them inexperienced) as voice actors, the Vince Guaraldi jazz-piano... | more...

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Sunday December 7, 2008 01:00 pm EST
I thought I was going to have an experience out of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas yesterday. I was taking my daughter to "Breakfast With Santa" at her kindergarten, and the first thing I saw when we pulled into the parking lot was a hearse, because the church part of the building was having a funeral that morning. It made me flash on Jack Skellington and his coffin-shaped... | more...

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Saturday December 6, 2008 01:00 pm EST
"TV Funhouse," whether as an adjunct of "Saturday Night Live" or via its own short-lived sketch comedy show from Robert Smigel, has long been a source of pointed, retro holiday satire. Two that come to mind spoof "Peanuts" and "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (the latter being "The Narrator Who Ruined Christmas"). I had never heard of the stop-motion animated "Tingles" sketch before, but a... | more...

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Friday December 5, 2008 01:00 pm EST

image-1The Atlanta Ballet's perennial production of The Nutcracker debuts tonight, Dec. 5, at the Fox Theatre. The Tchaikovsky ballet always reminds me of two things:

1. The Klezmer Nutcracker and

2. A story from December 2003, back when Creative Loafing’s intrepid Tom Bell, now with the Decatur Book Festival, was an embedded journalist in the Nutcracker’s army, sending...

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Thursday December 4, 2008 01:08 pm EST
I freely admit that the Clickable Advent Calendar idea did not come from a Secret Santa. I did a similar, smaller-scale project, the Xmas Gag Gift, last year on the PopSmart blog, and kinda got the idea from other sites, particularly Mr. Sardonic's Advent Calendar by critic/blogger Alonso Duralde on The Advocate.com in 2007. This year Duralde's doing a different project on his Livejournal blog,... | more...

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Wednesday December 3, 2008 01:44 pm EST
With Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa still in theaters, I thought I'd devote today's calendar entry to "A Christmas Caper," DreamWorks' 10-minute spin-off film that appeared as an extra on the DVD release of the original film in 2005. (Apparently it was also attached to Curse of the Were-Rabbit.) It showcases by far the funniest characters in the Madagascar films and, frankly, is one my favorite... | more...

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Tuesday December 2, 2008 03:26 pm EST
Since  A Christmas Story celebrated its 25th anniversary in Cleveland yesterday, it probably doesn't count as a "new" holiday classic movie. Released Dec. 1 in 1983, it proved a modest success, but really crossed over from cult flick to mainstream favorite when TNT began airing 24-hour marathons in 1997. Now it seems as much a part of the season as It's a Wonderful Life and that commercial with... | more...

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Monday December 1, 2008 09:24 pm EST











During the Christmases of my childhood, I always enjoyed advent calendars and the daily ritual of opening a little door to reveal a new surprise for each day of December until the 25th. Taking the advent calendar as inspiration, this month I'll offer some tongue-in-cheek holiday blog entries, with the idea that clicking on, say, embedded video or "For the rest of this entry"...

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