Chilling Adventures of Sabrina inviting Satan and Santa to its surprise Christmas episode

Netflix is leaning hard into the holidays this year, releasing a veritable slew of yuletide content to distract you from the fact that nobody roasts chestnuts over an open fire anymore. The streamer got Kurt Russell, of all people, to don a snowy white beard for its upcoming The Christmas Chronicles, which lands on…

Gather 'round for an exclusive look at the Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas visual soundtrack

Halloween was two days ago, which means, of course, it’s time to start getting ready for the next batch of holidays. And the Jim Henson Company is on top of it, pairing up with Music.Film Recordings for the first-ever release of the Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas soundtrack. Although the 1977 TV movie is among the…

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

The end of the year brings with it a virtual avalanche of kids-related programming, as parents futilely try to steer their offspring away from the materialism of the season and toward a holiday spirit that involves family, friends, and (hopefully) thinking of others. Frankly, sometimes during this hectic season we…

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…

It's dark and hell is hot, but at least we have DMX's "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"

Everything is awful and it’s Christmas, when the free-floating anxieties of the year are only compounded by the forced merriment of the season and, especially, the empty cheer of Christmas music. With a few exceptions, most Christmas music is also terrible, an assemblage of saccharine, nostalgic platitudes crafted by…

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:…

Rick And Morty fans are convinced there’s a better season finale coming

Rick And Morty may have become the highest-rated comedy on television, and a cause of intense adoration and debate online, but its recent third-season finale fell a little flat. After a season of escalating plotlines and delicately portrayed character arcs, it took a gaga left turn into a single-episode conspiracy…

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…

The cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine wishes you a wonderful Christmas season

When Star Trek grapples with religion it usually does so through alien cultures, not human ones. But there’s got to be at least a few members of Starfleet who celebrate Christmas (Miles O’Brien definitely likes a good spiked egg nog). And this Deep Space Nine-themed Christmas carol brings some Federation spirit to the…

The world’s largest Rube Goldberg machine is here to light a damn Christmas tree

From movies like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure to the music videos of OK Go, not to mention that impossible-to-win Mouse Trap game, the Rube Goldberg machine has a proud legacy in pop culture. Named for an American cartoonist and inventor, it’s any elaborate contraption that takes many complicated steps to perform a single,…

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