A Viral Christmas

A look at some favorite viral holiday videos


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A German auteur's take on a holiday classic?

A duet of comedy duos doing Drummer Boy duets?

Charlie Brown Christmas mash-ups?

You know it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas whe friends start decking your Facebook walls with posts of their favorite viral Christmas links.

One of the most inventive this year is this elaborately staged Christmas card from Funny Or Die's Will Farrell and Jonn C. Reilly, re-enacting the David Bowie/Bing Crosby "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" duet, complete with the corny set, and awkwardly-staged banter. ("I'm not as old as I look.")

While the original is utterly bizarre—the Farrell/Reilly piece is a faithful recreation. Playing things straight—until the end—has the effect of highlighting how gauche the original really is. Having seen and heard it so often, I had lost sight of this.

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