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December 25, 2010

Bah Humbug II - The Sequel

It's that time of the year again, and I've been looking forward to today with my usual level of seasonal cynicism. I was particularly impressed this year with the local grocery store that had Christmas decorations up before Rememberance Day. That's setting something of a new low. An Ottawa radio station that shall not be linked to or even named, apparently hate their listeners so much that they felt they needed to play non-stop Christmas tunes twenty-four hours a day for the entire month of December. That's some serious holiday hate right there.

Thankfully the shopping is over and gifts have been exchanged with no hideous mishaps. As per usual, I've made out like a bandit and have sworn to be more diligent for next year. This is as close to a yearly resolution as I get, and I've never once successfully pulled it off. Procrastination is a harsh mistress.

The post-Christmas ballet of family members in transit has already begun, and will continue over the next few days. I sit in a slightly inebriated state contemplating the profound thoughts that tend to bubble up this time of year. I've got a great family, and my friends are without equals. A magnificent bunch that remind me how fortunate I am on a frequent basis. To quote an incredibly sappy film that I've never actually watched:
 No man is a failure that has friends.
- Clarence (Played by Henry Travers) from "It's a Wonderful Life"
Directed by: Frank Capra, released in 1946.

That's about as much sentimentality as I can stomach, so lets get on with the goods shall we? Keeping with the Christmas tradition, I've been collecting a variety of weird and odd ball Christmas links for the last month. These are some of the best I've found:

Lets start off with the lads from "Rare Exports" as they were such a hit last year:

Can't forget to include the Christmas geekery:

Found on Reddit, would love to link to the source if anyone knows it.

Here's a new one from directors: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert:

Happy Holidays from DANIELS on Vimeo.

One that caught my eye from CakeFilm this year:

A great clip from Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat 5th Grade in Quinhagak, Alaska that doesn't quite fit with the 'oddball' theme, but it's definitely worth including. I'm not normally one for religious stuff, but I thought this clip was just excellent:

And we'll finish off with another not-so-weird clip, from a talented fella rocking the Kalimba:

Ugh... that's about as much happy holiday crap as I can handle. Merry Christmas folks, I hope you all have a good one. Next year this may turn into a Festivus post.

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