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What are you listening to this Christmas? 

We typically use this space to chime in with whatever we currently have on rotation, but it’s that special time of year when we’re forced into social situations with acquaintances and family members with whom we rarely interact, and find ourselves listening to treacly music we wouldn’t normally stomach or be caught…

From Jimmy Stewart to typing cows: Some new and old favorites for your kids’ holiday viewing

Our A.V. Club Field Guide To Parenting is designed to guide you toward the best kids’ books, shows, movies, and music, just like we do with The A.V. Club for adults. Every month or so, we feature a new subject with a few essential pop culture takes parents should know, saving you from the mountains of kids’ dreck out…

Spread some holiday fear with this horrific 2002 computer-animated Christmas special

If you’ve taken a look at Netflix in the past week or two, you’ve probably noticed an influx of insanely obscure and terrible looking Christmas movies. This yearly dump of Hallmark classics and straight-to-VHS trash can provide endless entertainment for those tired of watching A Christmas Story for the hundredth time.…

Your Christmas may actually be canceled thanks to an American Airlines glitch

In news that will evoke emotions ranging from severe disappointment to sweet relief, depending on your true feelings about going home for the holidays, it appears that—for American Airlines customers anyway—there’s a chance that Christmas might be canceled this year. That’s thanks to a computer glitch that allowed…

Get ready to see Santa’s giant, bulbous ass all over ugly Christmas sweaters this year

The ritual donning of ugly Christmas sweaters once served as an ode to the festive wear of our parents, a way for adults to recapture the sweet, gaudy innocence of our childhood holidays. Over the last decade, however, they’ve become big business and, in a bizarre turn of events, co-opted by the beer-swilling bros of…

Edgar Wright asked retail workers for their most tolerated—and most hated—holiday songs

Every year as the holiday season dawns, the same debate arises: What’s the most painful holiday song that we have to hear over and over until the very end of the year? Baby Driver director Edgar Wright took to Twitter and went straight to the source, the brave souls who have to endure those songs on an infinite loop:…

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In praise of Shane Black, the godfather of all badass Christmas action movies

Every year, at some point someone trots out the old chestnut that Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie. And it is, objectively speaking, a truly great one. (No one ever picks Prometheus, strangely.) But a new video essay explores the actual inspiration for Die Hard’s Christmas setting: writer-director Shane Black,…

Apparently, the best way to harvest Christmas trees is by helicopter

For an episode called “Treepocalypse Now,” the documentary filmmakers at Great Big Story headed out to Corvallis, Oregon, home of Holiday Tree Farms; at 8,000 acres, it’s one of the largest Christmas tree farms in the world. There, veteran tree farmer Mark Arkills has a daunting challenge in front of him: harvesting a…