Holidays

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There’a new batch of “Holiday” specials every year–every television show that lasted more than one season has a Christmas episode, and celebs and personalities adore putting together hour-long love letters to their own awesomeness and throwing in some X-mas trappings…

Some specials are honestly good–or at least that’s how we REMEMBER them, and no one can tell us different (Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, Grinch, etc…)

Some suck Santa’s jolly red ass…and others….well, others are just–“special”…

Those are the kind of Holiday specials we’re going to be focusing on today–good or bad isn’t really a consideration, instead, we’re gonna explore specials that being a nerd may not be essential to like, but it’s gonna be a big help. They’re from tv shows or feature characters that are beloved to our community–OR they’re so weird and esoteric that only a nerd would bother finding them, much less watching them.

If you are NOT a nerd (first of all, welcome–nice to see you), please do not be offended if you also like some of these specials–we don’t mean to imply anything.

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As we all know, Halloween is a hodge and a podge of various cultural and religious traditions. The Jack O’ lantern, the holiday’s cheerful, grinning orange mascot is based on an old Irish legend of a man who was so evil he was kicked out of Hell. Jack was sentenced to wander for all eternity, with only a burning coal inside a hollowed-out turnip to light his way. Upon their arrival in America, the Irish found that the pumpkin was a far more user-friendly carving medium for their disturbing little tradition.

Trick Or Treating also has Celtic origins: On the festival of Samhain, the spirits of the dead walked the earth, and people would leave food out for them, hoping this would keep the dead from vexing the living.

It became an American tradition in the early 20th century as a way of keeping the young from vexing homeowners. Essentially, the adults of America made a deal with the nation’s children: “Stop breaking and burning our cities every October 31st, and you can go to any home you want and get free candy”. America’s youth accepted, and Trick Or Treating has been practiced in nearly every American community for almost a century.

Today, we explore the nerdiest of Halloween traditions: The Halloween horror movie marathon.

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BBC America wants YOU to be a part of the Whovian Christmas special alongside Chris Hardwick and some of the other celebs. It’s called Doctor Who: Best Of The Christmas Specials and will air on Christmas eve.

You want to do this. And apparently the task is fairly simple! Basically, just check out the video below and answer their “would you rather” questions in the most festive and kickass way ever and post a response video on YouTube. If you’re awesome enough, your video will be featured on the holiday special. So… are you awesome enough?

The YouTube video description says:

Record your wittiest, most festive answers to the any of the questions in this video and submit it as a response video here on YouTube!Record your wittiest, most festive answers to the any of the questions in this video and submit it as a response video here on YouTube!

Hit the jump for the questions in writing:
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Twas the morning of Christmas and all through the house,

Shredded wrapping paper, lay, like a ripped teenage prom, blouse,

The stockings were plundered, the treats were laid bare,

Santa’s half eaten cookies and milk, sat just over there,

The children were worn out, as still as the dead,

While visions of next Christmas, danced in their heads

We’ve all been there.  Christmas morning, shredded wrapping paper litters the floor around you.  Your fingers throbbing from paper cuts while you stare at the pile of presents in front of you as that last trickle of Christmas excitement sweat rolls down your back.  Socks, Underwear, a box of betamax movies bought at a yard sale by your aunt because, “You like movies,” ten non-consecutive issues of Rom-Spaceknight, and a wall calendar that features “Cats throughout history.”

While the flux-capacitor hasn’t been perfected and we can’t help you fix any past Christmases, maybe we can help you get this Christmas off to a good start.  Here’s the two proned plan of attack.

1.  Print out copies of this list and place it around the house where your relatives will find it and reset your parents internet homepage to this list.

2. Read, memorize, and work into everyday conversations the items listed below.

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What Holiday Movie Characters Really Think

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Movies that are themed around the holiday season are usually just a joy to watch, and can really help you get into the festive spirit.

But, what happens if characters from those movies had a chance to speak their minds about the shrine of commercialism that is Christmas?

The folks at HowItShouldHaveEnded.com decided to put on a little holiday treat for us all, by showing what the main characters of holiday movies (Like How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Read-Nosed Reindeer, The Nightmare Before Christmas, etc…) really think about the situations they found themselves in.

Check it out below, and enjoy!