Poehler and Fey to Host SNL Christmas Show

Poehler and Fey to Host SNL Christmas Show

Saturday Night Live is giving ardent fans a Christmas present this year: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host the annual Christmas episode on December 19th. To top it off Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will join in the festivities. Fey has returned to “SNL” to host solo three times since departing in 2006 and Poehler, who left in 2008, hosted for the first and only time in 2010. Fey and Poehler hosted their third and final Golden Globes Awards earlier this year. Their new film, “Sisters” opens the weekend of their hosting gig and against the muchRead more

Stars Align for National Tree Lighting

Stars Align for National Tree Lighting

The National Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on December 3rd and entertainment for the festive traditional event has been announced as Fall Out Boy, Andra Day, Tori Kelly, Trombone Shorty, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Aloe Blacc, Kelsea Ballerini, and the Joyous String Quartet will all perform at the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting, presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. This year’s kick-off to the holiday season in the nation’s capital marks the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting and will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, on theRead more

The John Lewis Ad is Out and It Does Not Disappoint

The John Lewis Ad is Out and It Does Not Disappoint

The Christmas season in the UK gets off with a bang each year as lights are festively lit in a very public way and the Christmas shopping public rushes to their televisions to watch the best of this year’s Christmas commercials. Americans can scratch their head at this all they want. This is the UK tradition and it’s a good one. While Americans wax nostalgic for Christmas commercials of their youth tied to the same animated TV specials playing since the 1960s Brits are enjoying brilliant and all-new ads each year that are like mini-movies — they tell a story,Read more

Paypal Does Not Believe in Santa

Paypal Does Not Believe in Santa

Paypal is really ticking some people off in the UK. Like many pushing Christmas shopping early in the UK Paypal has jumped into the race for schmaltzy Christmas commercial dominance with an ad that irritates instead of inspires. Some think they are dissing Santa Claus — or at least tipping off children that Santa is not real. What kind of company does not believe in Santa. The premise of the commercial is simple enough. Two little boys anxious for Christmas observe that their parents seem to doing less shopping than normal for this time of the year. Normally grandparents comeRead more

Bing’s Christmas TV Special of 1977

Bing’s Christmas TV Special of 1977

Bing Crosby was the face, the voice and the soul of Christmas for nearly 40 years. Through radio, movies and ground breaking television Crosby took Christmas to millions year after year. Already an established radio star in the 1930s Crosby broke out in movies in the 1940s and established the standard of all gold standards of Christmas with his recording of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in 1942. Even movies not really intended to be Christmas movies starring Crosby became Christmas classics. Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary’s showcased Bing’s acting talents as the golden-hearted Father O’Malley. InRead more

Osmond Brothers Christmas Medley of 1969

Osmond Brothers Christmas Medley of 1969

Andy Williams’ Christmas television specials of the 1960s and 1970s were traditional seasonal viewing back in the day and the Osmond brothers practically grew up on those episodes. More or less discovered by Williams after an appearance at Disneyland in the early 1960s the Osmonds went on to a storied career as teen idols and television shows of their own later during the 1970s. In this clip we catch them mid-stride — long before Donnie became an international star or Marie took center stage. It’s great nostalgic stuff:

Grandfather Transforms Scooter for Christmas Charity

Grandfather Transforms Scooter for Christmas Charity

Here’s a great Christmas story: Barrie Hall, 73, has spent eight months converting the second-hand 7mph disabled carriage into the iconic red wagon to raise money for a cancer charity. The ten-wheel imitation truck comes complete with a picture of Santa holding a bottle of pop on the side and is lined with red-and-white flashing lights. It comes a year after Barrie, who has battled Leukaemia for the last five years, turned his late wife Susan’s mobility scooter into Santa’s sleigh. Susan tragically died from mouth cancer in 2010 aged 68. Barrie, who has six grown-up children and 12 grandchildren,Read more