Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Uh, guys, Snow and Snow 2: Brain Freeze are on Netflix. I may have to call in sick today. Normally, I can't stand cheesy made-for-TV Christmas movies, but I have a soft spot for these two because: a) I find Tim Cavanagh to be an endless fountain of goofy charm, and b) Ashely Williams is a stone cold cutie patootie.
I'm loathe to call these two movies "good," but they're more watchable than the rest of the tripe churned out this time of year.
Well, I can scratch "take a party bus on the Tacky Lights Tour" off of my bucket list. I've always wanted to do it and it just so happened that a friend organized a trip for her birthday over the weekend. It really is something to behold. If you ever get the opportunity to take in the sights, do it!
(You can see all of my snaps here.)
Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
The first annual RVA Krampusnacht in Carytown was a rousing success last night. There were lots of Krampuses (Krampi?), angels, "children" hit with switches, and even jolly old St. Nicholas. Smiles all around - plus a few "WTF?" looks - and everyone seemed to have a good time. I think this will only get bigger and better next year. Here's to bringing a little bit Old World Christmas to Richmond!
You can see more of my snapshots from last night here.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I've been known to get a bit overzealous when it comes to buying Christmas ornaments. Considering that my tree's small again this year (and to give my wallet a rest), I'm limiting myself to a single new one this season.* I believe I made a wise selection.
On Etsy over the weekend I came across this wooden ornament that's a play on the X-Men logo. I'm decades removed from my comic collecting days, but one of the titles I used to snatch up as a kid was X-Men. This ornament gives me a big ol' nostalgic warm fuzzy. And it also makes me chuckle.
*I reserve the right to pick up more if I come across any especially fun ornaments.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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Friday, November 29, 2013
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Friday, January 18, 2013
I'm preparing a viking funeral for the last eggnog carton. This afternoon I dismantled the Charlie Brown Christmas tree in my cube. The house tree goes down this weekend. But I'm keeping the mantle lights up indefinitely, dammit. Holla!
In that spirit, should I come across any interesting Christmas goodies during the off-season, I will definitely post them here, so keep checking back.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
As far as Christmas book traditions go, for years I would read David Sedaris' hilarious Holidays on Ice around this time of year, but then took a break from it to give the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol a try. (Everyone should read that at least once. It's so much more rewarding than any of its adaptations.)
Kinda sorta continuing with the Dickens theme, last year I started a newer, quicker, geekier tradition in Batman: Noël, which is the Dark Knight's take on that holiday staple. Yes, here Bruce Wayne assumes the Scrooge role. It actually works, believe it or not.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to officially close out Christmas with a (comic) book because that's how I roll.
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Call me silly, call me sappy,
Call me many things, the first of which is happy
You doubt, but you're sad
I don't, but I'm glad
I guess we're even.
At least that's what I believe in
And there are much worse things
Monday, December 24, 2012
A happy and hearty Merry Christmas Eve to everyone out there. This tune by Better Than Ezra is my absolute favorite contemporary original Christmas song. (And the lead-off track of the very first A Very Micah Christmas compilation, back in 1999.)
This post originally appeared on my main, non-holiday blog. If you like it, there'll be more posts of these in the new year. (Provided I find the initiative to write them.)
Welcome to the first installment of Drink 'n Songs, in which, in order to maximize enjoyment of a beloved (likely alcoholic) beverage, I pair it with a group of five or so songs. I've been kicking around this idea for a couple of years now and figured Christmas would be the best time to get off of my duff* and unveil it.
And the beverage for this inaugural installment of DNS? Eggnog!
Now, you can go out and buy premade eggnog from a store - might I suggest Southern Comfort's go at it? - and mix it with your choice of spiced rum, Irish whiskey, brandy, or bourbon. Or if you're feeling your oats, you can make your own from scratch. Per the Behind the Bar Show podcast, here's a recipe:
2 oz simple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
3 cups milk
Whisk eggs until frothy. Whisk in simple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice. While still whisking, slowly add the milk. Serve in Irish Coffee glasses or mugs. Sprinkle nutmeg on top. Feel free to spike with rum or whiskey.
Got your eggnog all ready? Good. Just what songs would enhance the pleasure of consuming this Yuletide drink? Look no further! Actually, you will have to scroll down to see them...
1. The Minus 5 - "Your Christmas Whiskey"
"Christmas is the warmest time of year" is the repeated theme of this song by the Minus 5 and they are right. This is a time for sharing with family and friends, so pour them a mug of eggnog and let the warm fuzzies inside you grow.
2. Duke Ellington - "Sugar Rum Cherry"
You're sitting around the house, listening to the same old Christmas songs and the rage swells when Wham! shuffles onto your playlist. It's high time you class up the joint with this smokey take on "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy". And rum is in the title, so it kinda sorta is mandated that it be included in this list.
3. John Legend with Stephen Colbert - "Nutmeg"
Face it: eggnog is the most sensual of the holiday beverages. So, put the kids to bed, ladle out a couple of glasses, and get freaky with your loved one while John Legend ushers you through the quiet (snow) storm.
4. The Decemberists - "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)"
While eggnog is one of the best things about the holiday season, you don't want to overdo it. You'll be regretting it when a fight inevitably breaks out during your party. Let the Decemberists' cover of this John Denver staple serve as a reminder that this drink is best enjoyed in moderation. (Plus, overindulgence will result in your "fat pants" becoming your "regular pants".)
5. The Morning Squirrels - "The Eggnog Song"
This is a bit of nepotism on my part, since this is a song my brother composed and performed back around 2005. Yes, it may be a little on the nose for this list, but it really lays out the eggnog-fueled joys of the holiday season (with assists from Charlie Brown and Linus).
So there you have it. Put these songs on the hi-fi in your space age bachelor pad, kick back with a mighty mug of nog, and revel in the waning days of the year. Merry Christmas!
*Duff beer! There's an idea for a future edition. Brilliant.
"The impeccable taste of Vincent Price" is one of the truest phrases ever. The only thing that would be better than ornaments personally selected by him would be ornaments prominently featuring his likeness. I would totally buy those. (Seriously.)
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
"Max is going to be eggnostic for the day, pun intended."
"I'm not saying there is eggnog. I'm not saying there's not eggnog. What I'm saying is, there's no way to know for sure."
And the winner of Best Christmas Episode of 2012 goes to Happy Endings, in which Jane outs herself as a Christmas baby and her friends try to throw her a birthday party free of the seasonal trappings. I swear, it's so funny that I've watched it three times already. This show is sorely underwatched and I will be pretty upset if it gets the axe.
Speaking of axes, runner up goes to American Horror Story, with it's Murder Santa and whatnot. It's batpoop crazy as usual, but this time with a Yuletide zest.
Honorable mention goes to The League for introducing the concept of a mall Krampus. We really should look into making that happen.