Your Ordinary World: Christmas Hangover edition, with links to stories you should catch up on now that the daily grind replaces merry & bright. Read, share, and discuss.
How a couple of dumb tweets made it happen.
Don’t be a crab, Santa!
Delve even deeper into the well of American crapulence.
A gift for the wife.
Linky Friday is Ordinary Times’ end of week tradition of bringing you stories and links from around the world and across the web. This week, Merry and Bright with music and reading all about the holidays.
The quintessential first world problem – what holiday gifts can we give that won’t simply get thrown onto the heap?
Once again, it’s that time of year!
This Week: Crime, Economics, Sports, Christmas, and Science!
A holiday guest music post from dhex!
A Christmas message concerning Pope Francis, political tribalism, and the coming year.
An animation of a (n extremely) short Christmas story by Neil Gaiman.
New Dealer looks at his complicated relationship with the holiday that is both secular and not so secular.
The War on Christmas in American was very real, and was won decisively in the 19th century. Tod Kelly explains why everything you think you know about Christmas is wrong.
I love Christmas carols and I love Sufjan Stevens, so…
I should probably start off by saying that as far as I know Jonah Goldberg has a fine and average sized (or bigger!) penis, and that to my knowledge he has never advocated any harm to your children. And for all I know he’s a vegetarian. But in this NPR interview (h/t Burt), he calls…
Below are the hours of operations and holiday schedule for B&H Photo in New York City.
Kevin White expands on one of my favorite Christmas songs:
I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite Christmas song, but O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is way up there. A close second is Silent Night, which my three-year-old calls Silent Goodnight and sings along with me many nights. Then again, I’m a terrible Christmas carol fanatic. I’m the guy who starts listening to them after…
“Christmas is hard for everyone. But it’s particularly hard for people who actually believe in it. . . . In a sense, of course, there’s no better time to be a Christian than the first 25 days of December. But this is also the season when American Christians can feel most embattled.” – Ross Douthat…
Take it away, Otis:
What with it being The Office and War on Christmas week here at The League, I thought I would respond to Jamelle’s post on the CHRIST-mas tree (which you should definitely check out). Now if only I could somehow work in a brilliant piece on how The Office is part of the nefarious War on…
Local schools should be allowed to decide whether or not to put on Christmas pageants that include the birth of Jesus Christ, the three wisemen, Mary, Joseph, and the whole nativity event.
(cross-posted from the United States of Jamerica) This is a little ridiculous (via Dara’s Google Reader feed): Boss Creations, a new holiday decor company, has introduced the new “CHRIST-mas” Tree, featuring the unique trait of a trunk in the shape of a wooden cross. Company owner Marsha Boggs says the tree was specifically designed to…
Galley Slaves points to a nice little parody in Vanity Fair: Malcolm Gladwell takes on Christmas — with social science!