Things to Know About Christmas 2019

Things to Know About Christmas 2019

Every holiday season brings something a little different. Here’s a quick list of things to know about Christmas 2019 – It’s going to sneak up on you. Yes, Christmas is still on December 25th, just like every year. But Thanksgiving is on November 28th. You have just four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas (if you count Thanksgiving weekend, that is). Cyber Monday is on December 2nd, fer crying out loud.   The biggest trend in new inflatables for your yard this Christmas? Think Toy Story.   Justin Beiber says that if his post on Instagram gets 20 million likes heRead more

Remaking Scrooged

Remaking Scrooged

For the second time in less than a month a bad idea for a Christmas movie has been announced. Paramount has declared that Kevin Hart will produce and likely star in a remake of 1988’s dark comedic disaster called Scrooged, which originally starred Bill Murray. Scrooged is just one of many inexplicable takes on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol that ultimately underwhelmed both at the box office and with traditional Christmas audiences. Murray’s manic performance in what can only be called a joyless take on Christmas remains one of the most bizarre depictions ever of Ebenezer Scrooge. Unlike A Christmas Story,Read more

Christmas Travel

Christmas Travel

Are you traveling for Christmas? Experts are saying that with this year’s extended Christmas weekend the travel worldwide could be off the charts. You are going to need endless patience, probably more money, and a little sense of humor: Tim Hawkins is a rarity in comedy. He’s clean — and he is funny. Known to some as a “Christian comedian”, Tim has found fame on YouTube for his musical parodies and whimiscal takes on family life and modern living. Here is Tim in a classic talking more about Christmas:

Best of New Christmas Music from John Legend

Best of New Christmas Music from John Legend

Easily the most anticipated and hyped album of the 2018 season has been John Legend’s Legendary Christmas. The album has been out since October, promoted on tour and has been even the backdrop for an NBC television special. It has been hard to miss. Fortunately, Legend’s warm style mixes well with old standards. After all, who better than to have the original along for the ride on a classic like this? Thankfully this album has six original tunes mixed with the classics. This is where the album stands out. It is a brassy, upbeat and soulful ode to the season.Read more

Captain Kirk Does Rudolph

Captain Kirk Does Rudolph

There are not many days like this in the course of a Christmas season. Today William Shatner – forever, in the eyes of most, Captain James T. Kirk — boldly went where many have gone before. And he did it his way. Watch this, if you dare: Now, before you Christmas purists out there go completely nutz lets just take a moment to reflect on some things. First of all, William Shatner is 87 years old. 87!!!! Can we give the guy some credit? This is not senility. It’s not even the good captain’s first foray into music. He’s gotRead more

Best New Christmas Music from Phil Vassar and Lonestar

Best New Christmas Music from Phil Vassar and Lonestar

Phil Vassar has given us some memorable Christmas stuff over the years. This year he pairs with Lonestar for a catchy, singable tune called Not So Silent Night — a song all about getting in the spirit of the season. We can get behind that! As as side note, I love the “operatic section”. Great fun. Enjoy:

Great Christmas Gifts in the 1970s

Great Christmas Gifts in the 1970s

Christmas gifts in the 1970s were very different than the decades before. It was an age before computers yet an age when technology affected nearly everything in gift giving. You could give Dad a tie for Christmas. But why would you when you could give him a hot lather shave kit instead? The shaving industry in the early 1970s was rocked by two elements: the long hair and long sideburn trends of the late 1960s and the ever present Norelco electric shaver commercials on television. What could the traditional shave industry do to prop up sagging sales? First they triedRead more