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Saturday video break: The State of New York concedes the existence of Santa Claus

A climactic scene from one of my favorite movies of all time: That is of course the one true version of Miracle on 34th Street, the original 1947 version. I do not speak of the 1994 remake, but I will concede that this is a movie that really could be reimagined in a contemporary light. […]

Pancho Claus keeps on going

Always a pleasure to hear. Pancho Claus [Richard Reyes] works year-round, looking for sponsorships and running an ongoing toy drive, so he can have enough to hand out each December. His day job involves driving a promotional vehicle for Taxis Fiesta, a local company that sports the colors of the Mexican flag on its fleet […]

It’s Mel Torme time again

Every year on Christmas Day, I link to my favorite Christmas story, which stars Mel Torme. It is often shamelessly ripped off a lot, which is a Bad Thing that one Should Not Do. So click over and read it, and may your heart grow three sizes today. Merry Christmas to you and yours from […]

Thursday video break: And all through the house

I’ve posted this video before, and here it is again: I’m nowhere close to being tired of this, so look for it again next year. Happy Christmas Eve!

Wednesday random ten: It’s wintertime in the city

I figure today is like Friday for most people – I will certainly be on a reduced schedule for the next few days – so here’s an early song list, in honor of our benighted Ag Commissioner, Sid Miller – ten seasonal songs that do not mention the word “Christmas”. 1. Jingle Bells – Trinity […]

My annual salute to Mel Torme

Every year on Christmas Day, I link to my favorite Christmas story, which stars Mel Torme (a more recent posting of it is here). Apparently, this story is so popular now that it gets ripped off a lot, which sure seems to be contrary to the Christmas spirit if you ask me. But let’s not […]

Wednesday video break: A visit from St. Nicholas

Still my favorite rendition of this classic poem: And now I’ve got to dash away as well. Merry Christmas to all, and I’ll see you on the flip side.

Krampuslauf

Now this is what I call going old school for Christmas. Long before parents relied on the powers of Santa Claus to monitor their children’s behavior, their counterparts in Alpine villages called on a shaggy-furred, horned creature with a fistful of bound twigs to send the message that they had better watch out. Tom Bierbaumer […]

Friday random ten: Yes, there are Christmas songs I like

Quite a few of them, really. Here are ten from my collection: 1. Another Christmas Song – Stephen Colbert 2. Blue Christmas – Asylum Street Spankers 3. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses 4. The Eleven Cats of Christmas – Trout Fishing In America 5. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6. […]

Friday random ten: It’s the least wonderful time of the year

Yes, it’s Christmas time again, and inspired in part by this Slate story on how bad Do They Know It’s Christmas? is, here’s a list of Christmas songs we, or at least I, could do without this year. 1. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band-Aid 2. Frosty The Snowman – Ella Fitzgerald 3. I […]

Saturday video break: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The good thing about drafting a couple of these in advance is I don’t get caught late in the week needing to put a post together for Saturday. The downside is that I might forget where I am alphabetically. Oopsie. So, this song. Let’s start with a classic version, from when it was composed, featuring […]

Lone Star Santas

I love this story by Lisa Gray. When Jim Fletcher asked his fiancee whether she’d mind if he grew a beard, Madge Boyer didn’t realize what she was getting into. That was in early 2007, not long after he’d played Santa for his civic club Christmas party. In the red suit, he wasn’t just a […]

Your Mel Torme Christmas moment

Every year on Christmas Day, I link to my favorite Christmas story, which stars Mel Torme. Apparently, this story is so popular now that it gets ripped off a lot, which sure seems to be contrary to the Christmas spirit if you ask me. But let’s not worry about such things this morning. Merry Christmas […]

Tuesday video break: With how much care are your stockings hung?

Christmas Eve, y’all. You know what that means. I’ll post the Mel Torme story tomorrow. Until then, Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Merry Christmas from Pancho Claus

If it’s Christmas time, it must be time for a Pancho Claus story. He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat — though often it’s a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. […]

Compost that Christmas tree

Let your Christmas tree do some good after you get rid of it. When that Christmas tree comes down this year, take a moment to imagine its next incarnation: Chipped up and mixed into soil, it might soon secure new grasses along some South Texas highway or sustain vegetable starts in someone’s garden. Adding weathered […]

Have yourself a Mel Torme Christmas

Every year on Christmas Day, I link to my favorite Christmas story, which stars Mel Torme. Apparently, this story is so popular now that it gets ripped off a lot, which sure seems to be contrary to the Christmas spirit if you ask me. But let’s not worry about such things this morning. Merry Christmas […]

Get well soon, Elf Louise

If you’ve ever lived in San Antonio, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Elf Louise Christmas Project. I’m sad to say that “Elf” Louise Locker has suffered a heart attack, but thankfully appears to be recovering nicely. The woman behind one of San Antonio’s most prolific Christmas-based charities, Louise Locker, had a heart attack Sunday […]

Monday video break: Tonight’s the night

I’ve posted this video before, and here it is again: I’m nowhere close to being tired of this, so look for it again next year. Happy Christmas Eve!

Saturday video break: The Charlie Brown School of Dance

Just watch: Admit it, you always wondered what those dances were called.

Friday random ten: The annual Christmas list

The staff of Popdose has their fifty favorite holiday songs for your consideration. Those of you familiar with the Mellowmas tradition will note with amusement a few crossovers, but theirs is a pretty solid collection. As is my tradition, here are ten songs from their list in my iTunes library: 1. Christmas Wrapping – Waitresses […]

Recycle your Christmas tree

And now, a message from the City of Houston Solid Waste Department:   The City of Houston (COH) Solid Waste Management Department will embark on its 21st year of Christmas tree recycling(.pdf) after the holiday by providing recycling drop-off sites throughout Houston. All drop-off sites will be closed on New Year’s Day. Every year, Houstonians discard thousands […]

It isn’t Christmas without Mel Torme

Every year on Christmas Day, I link to my favorite Christmas story, which stars Mel Torme. Apparently, this story is so popular now that it gets ripped off a lot, which sure seems to be contrary to the Christmas spirit if you ask me. But let’s not worry about such things this morning. Merry Christmas […]

Saturday video break: And all through the house

I’ve shown this video before on Christmas Eve, and since that happens to be Saturday this year, it all comes together beautifully: Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Friday video break: And to you your wassail too

I’m going to take a short break from the Random Tens to bring you a few Christmas songs I wish got more exposure. First up, the King’s Singers take us all wassailing: Here’s the Irish Rovers, with “Good King Wenceslas”: I wish I could find a good video of Brave Combo doing their awesome “O […]

Friday random however many: The airing of grievances

Last week was about all-purpose songs that we hate. This week, in the spirit of the season, let’s discuss Christmas songs that we can’t stand. Here’s a list from the Chron, some of which will be familiar to Mellowmas fans. Here’s a classic rant from Making Light, and here’s a post of my own from […]

It’s hard out here on a Christmas tree

Another victim of the drought: Texas’ Christmas tree farms. [T]he Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association estimates that less than half the owners of the state’s 100 Christmas tree farms had watering systems. Those with the foresight to irrigate saved their trees, but their crop still did not grow as fast or as tall as usual. […]

Recycle that tree!

If you live in the city of Houston and have a natural Christmas tree, you can simply put it out for curbside recycling. If you need to deal with it before then, here are your options: Those who don’t want to wait for their curbside days to roll around can drop off their bare trees until […]

One more time, Merry Christmas, Mel Torme

Every year on Christmas Day, I link to my favorite Christmas story, which stars Mel Torme. Apparently, this story is so popular now that it gets ripped off a lot, which sure seems to be contrary to the Christmas spirit if you ask me. Speaking of the Christmas spirit, you couldn’t find a better example […]

Special Friday video break: Dash away all

Once more with my favorite narration of “Twas The Night Before Christmas”: Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Special Thursday video break: It’s hard out here on an elf

The Elf’s Lament, by the Barenaked Ladies: Thanks to Ezra for the link.

Saturday video break: We Three Kings are totally on Twitter

If the Christmas story were happening today, this is how it might go down: Thanks to Harold for finding this.

Saturday video break: Random acts of culture

The Hallelujah Chorus, performed in the Philadelphia Mall: I’m nearly as impressed by the mall’s architecture as I am by the performance itself. I feel compelled to note, however, that the HC is technically an Easter song, not a Christmas song, though it always gets performed at this time of year. My favorite chorus from […]

Friday random ten: Christmas favorites

I’m going to take a brief break from the Top 500 Songs lists to dip into Christmas music, since it’s that time of year. I was inspired by this Statesman story in which a number of their features writers contributed their favorite holiday songs, so without further ado, here’s a collection of ten favorites from […]