Real Christmas trees are beautiful. They smell good. They look classy as hell. They are not made of plastic and imported from China like most of the fake trees you can buy. They are not fake, which means they are easily assumed to possess that most coveted trait of all, authenticity.
I’m not saying you don’t like your gifts. But here are the return policies at many major retailers in the US, just in case, no reason, whatever.
Plenty of people opened up a gift to find a hoverboard this year. A hearty chunk of that group has already crashed them. Combining a combustible gimmick-toy with a day filled with alcoholic beverages and familial angst is a recipe for wiping out.
Christmas is the most anticipated festive season for children in our culture, and it is easy to find out why: presents. Finding long-desired toys under the dressed-up Christmas tree is one of the best moments of the year, and this was the case dozens or even a hundred years ago, too. Here are some nostalgic photos of…
‘Tis the night before Christmas, and Asteroid 2003 SD220 is making its closest approach to Earth. NASA managed to snap a few pics of this pickle-shaped asteroid, which the space agency says poses no threat to our planet whatsoever.
It was 101 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man’s-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here’s what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era.
Christmas lights are a uniquely American tradition. That’s not just because the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America. The tradition embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation, that’s easily overlooked. America doesn’t just make things. America makes things spectacular.
Even if you don’t end up putting grandma on a hoverboard, this Christmas Eve is set to be the weirdest in recent memory. No jacket required for much of the normally frigid East Coast, while the West Coast freezes its usually balmy buns off? Here’s a look at the meteorological surreality of the December 24 forecast.
I have a problem. I spent the past few weeks scouring gift guides in hopes of stumbling into something that I could buy. The problematic part is that I don’t need anything. And yet, I kept looking and looking and looking. It’s because I’m dumb and stupid and want to buy stuff because that’s what the holiday season…
If you thought waking up on Christmas morning to above-average temperatures and no snow on the ground was scary, Boston Dynamics gives us a far more terrifying glimpse into a dystopian future where Santa’s reindeer have been replaced with (highly kickable) trotting robotic dogs.
If the Smithsonian is where the nation keeps some of its greatest treasures, then it’s time to toss a few Muppets and pack away those ruby slippers to make room for what is clearly the greatest gingerbread creation of all time.
Christmas is great and the holidays are awesome but it’s still pretty funny that we all propagate the myth of Santa Claus. He’s a dude who dresses in a red jumpsuit while breaking and entering homes to steal milk and cookies and gain favor with children. Eoin Duffy made this animated holiday card showing what Santa…
Before you buy a bunch of discounted LED lights for next year’s Christmas tree, you might want to consider putting that money towards a projector instead—one that’ll guarantee that your living room holiday decor will far outshine your neighbor’s.
Dear robots of the world, don’t for a second think you’re fooling us with adorable demonstrations of your crafting capabilities this holiday season. Because one second you’re making paper snowflakes, and the next you’re using those same scissors to usurp your human handlers. We’re on to you!
At a certain point, as we grow up, we all learn the hard truth that Santa Claus isn’t real. And then, as we grow up some more, we discover that’s a lie, and Santa is totally real. We know this because TV shows—many of them ostensibly for adults—have gone out of their way to show St. Nick as a living, breathing,…
The winter holidays have a developed a life of their own, separate from whatever religious basis they originally had. And while it’s easy to decry it all as shallow, the best argument in favor of Christmas comes from Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. And it’s a secular one.
We all have our own stories of getting the wrong toy for a birthday or the holidays. But there’s nothing worse than what happened to author Tobias Buckell. Nothing!
There’s probably not a person on this planet that would associate burgers with Christmas but after watching this video from Food, People, Places, I just might start. They made burgers inspired (very loosely!) by Christmas and the sheer visual deliciousness of all their wild creations is so incredible and the recipes…
The BBC’s new Christmas advert is meant to be a somewhat heart-warming tale of friendship and acceptance over the holidays. Instead, it reads more like The Doctor and Sherlock inviting a sentient sprout-being to get consumed by a variety of British Television stars. Ah, the true spirit of Christmas.
This year, Doctor Who fans will have the shortest ever wait between the end of a season and the show’s now-traditional Christmas special—which is bringing Alex Kingston’s adventurer River Song back as a wildly divisive present under the tree. But she’s not the only thing making a return: The Doctor’s favorite toy is…