Fifteen Adult Observations on Children’s Christmas Specials

When I was a kid, I never missed a single Christmas special. It was a religion. I had it coordinated with the TV Guide and remote control. Sure, we had videotaped copies of the specials sitting in a box in the basement, but there was something spiritual about watching it live on television. I felt … More Fifteen Adult Observations on Children’s Christmas Specials

The Great Big Doublestuffed Post of Tacky Christmas Crap

There’s always that one house in the neighborhood that’s The House, the one with lights in places you wouldn’t have thought of and a towering balloon Santa in the yard. Growing up, there was a house we coined The Tacky House. Every conceiveable inch of that house had a light on it, the entire yard … More The Great Big Doublestuffed Post of Tacky Christmas Crap

A Bizarrely Emotive Singing Gorilla

Dolls with “press me” buttons used to be so simple, but some of these things today have the animated abilities of early Disneyworld attractions. Like gremlins, each Christmas a new batch is unleashed, of bell-ringing penguins and ear-flapping dogs, pelvic-wagging Santas, and his 9 seizuring reindeer. Some of these freewheeling little toys today can even … More A Bizarrely Emotive Singing Gorilla