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

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

So without further ado, I am presenting 你 with my big, big 列表 of holiday specials. I've tried to categorize the 列表 into subsections to make it a little 更多 bearable and consumable. The...
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Another Holiday season is upon us and 你 know what that means: break out the egg nog, light up the tree, put up the stockings, take out a 秒 mortgage for the credit card bill and 火, 消防 up The Carpenter's 圣诞节 album (turn it up to 11, will you?).

It also means it's time for another 列表 of 圣诞节 video goodies.

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

So without further ado...

The Essentials
I'm reposting these from last year's 列表 because these are the items most people want to see....
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Back when I was a kid watching 圣诞节 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 你 of your Grandma. Of course, we loved her and so did Santa.

But did 你 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 显示 us a Santa Claus surrounded 由 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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If you're looking for a festive look that doesn't scream "CHRISTMAS!", try out a sparkly sequinned dress! It's a 流行的 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 你 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 秒 one only has sparkles on the 最佳, 返回页首 and a cute bow at the waist. And the third option is an all-over sequins look!

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

Do 你 like this trendy look?
A little late on this one but here are a few 'carols' I found funny. Not all of these are 安全 for work. If 你 have any 更多 feel free to drop them in the 评论 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 圣诞节 Parody Spectacular

Jon LaJolie's Best 圣诞节 Song

Jojo OrangaTang's 圣诞节 On The Floor

Nigahiga's 圣诞节 Swag

WaneFawsome's Itchy Balls

Jillian Hall's Rocking Around The 圣诞节 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 圣诞节 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 爱情 the vibrant and how colourful this animated cartoon, it's whimsical 动画片 style will make 你 爱情 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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posted by zanhar1
Not a 粉丝 of your traditional 圣诞节 music? Here's a 列表 of hard 圣诞节 songs from all over the metal spectrum! If 你 have any 更多 suggestions feel free to drop them in the comments.

Within Temptation's 哥特式 Christmas

Ben Kweller's It Ain't 圣诞节 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 圣诞节 In Hollywood...
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posted by deedeeflower
• The first commercial 圣诞节 cards were commissioned in London, in 1843, 由 Sir Henry Cole, with illustration 由 John Callcott Horsley. President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first official White House card in 1953.

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

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

• Poinsettias are the most 流行的 圣诞节 plant and are...
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 Santa Claus would need a hell of a lot 更多 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 文章 that ran in the now defunct Spy Magazine about 15 years 以前 或者 so. This 文章 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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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 接吻 under the mistletoe is 迷失 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 年 and Epiphany.
Traditionallythe 圣诞节 holiday period lasts 12 days in Greece. There are many customs associated with the "twelve 日 of Christmas," some very old and others relatively recent, like the decorated 树 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 日 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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posted by Cammie
 Merry 圣诞节 Fanpopping 老友记
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 年 but things do not always go as planned.
I decide to do some 首页 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 圣诞节 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 你 down".
You're going to shout
You're going to cry
You're going to pout, and I'm telling 你 why
Sant Claus is bringing 你 down!
He knows when 你 are knocked out
He knows when you're in pain
He knows when to 冲床 或者 not
And his wallops will drive 你 insane, woah!
Sant Claus is bring 你 down!
Yeah, Santa Claus is bring 你 down!
Yeah, Santa Claus is bringing 你 DOWN!

I wrote this other, slightly longer song, based upon "Frosty the Snowman" and effectively retitled "Frosty...
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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 圣诞节 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 下一个 morning, the shoes are filled with sweets – if the children have been...
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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 天使 all year,
Santa Kitty,
So scurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all
The 食物 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 牛奶 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," 阅读 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 文章 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, 你 were lucky enough to have lived some years in that crazy time of the 80’s. All 你 had to worry about was school and what GI Joe 你 were getting this 年 (please God, let it be Storm Shadow)? Well, this 列表 is a flashback to those fun times of the 80's. Whether 你 were 8 或者 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, 音乐 视频 and commercials. So sit back, relax, and pop up the 领, 衣领 of your polo...
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posted by katiemariie
I really enjoy the 圣诞节 season. I 爱情 the 电影院 that get played every year. I 爱情 the 圣诞节 音乐 radio station. I 爱情 the lights. I 爱情 the snow. I 爱情 the togetherness. I 爱情 the Claymation. I 爱情 wrapping presents. I 爱情 unwrapping presents. I 爱情 making cards and presents for my 老友记 and my teachers. I 爱情 going to the mall and finding the perfect gift. I 爱情 going shopping with my friends. I 爱情 the classroom 圣诞节 parties that are against school rules. I 爱情 going to Petsmart with my mom to get 袜, 放养 stuffers for my cats. I 爱情 waking up early on Christmas...
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posted by KaterinoulaLove
Dear Santa, here's my 圣诞节 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 你 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.
posted by deedeeflower
Try this delicious Bundt cake topped with an 橙子, 橙色 sugar glaze.

3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
2 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts (split)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup softened 牛油, 黄油
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup 酸, 酸奶 cream 或者 plain nonfat yogurt
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tablespoons 橙子, 橙色 liqueur (cointreau, triple sec)
Orange Sugar Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar, shifted
2 tablespoons 橙子, 橙色 果汁

Step 由 Step:

Thoroughly grease a 10 to 12-cup microwave-safe bundt pan with shortening; sprinkle with...
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