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A 6 post collection

A Christmas Tradition

 •  Filed under Christmas, Books

Tonight marks the start of one of my Christmas traditions. The annual reading of A Christmas Carol.

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

— A Christmas Carol

I received my first copy of the book 30 years ago. I've missed a few readings of it over the years but I haven't missed a reading of it in the last 15 years. The story, the language, the characters, everything about it is fantastic.

Christmas Holiday Tradition?

 •  Filed under Christmas, Holidays, Movies

Black Friday does not mean shopping; it means we watch the first Christmas movies of the year - Die Hard, followed immediately by Die Hard II - and start with the sounds of the Christmas season. This schedule will provide four solid weeks of Christmas music - plenty of time to become tired of the stuff.

Exactly when... by Cultural Offering

What a fantastic Christmas tradition! Starting the Christmas holiday season with a real Christmas movie.

Santa Science

 •  Filed under Christmas, Fun

The Santa deniers just ruin it for everyone else. The Guardian hits back with some key evidence to prove Santa is real.

Santa’s workshop is located in a very snowy region that very few people can access, so it’s unlikely that many people would get to see it. It would theoretically be possible to view it from above, via an aircraft or satellite in a polar orbit, but what would Santa’s workshop look like from this perspective? A snow-covered building on a background of ice and snow? That’s basically just blank whiteness. And infrared scans can be tricky with snow.

Santa Claus deniers: why do they get so much airtime? by The Guardian