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Smalerie Reads Christmas Comics: The Return

While it’s very possible that I’m the only one getting a kick out of these seasonal comic creations, this year I decided to revisit the ghosts of blog posts past and share some more holiday themed comics with you all.

 

The Last Christmas – Story by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, Art by Rick Remender

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Image: Image Comics

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3 Christmas Scares

Confession time. I’m not a huge Christmas person. I like it fine; I’m not full-on a Grinch, but I don’t get overly excited about it. That said, there are a few traditions I enjoy, like cookie decorating, a yearly trip to to get my Drink on, and less-christmasy Christmas movies (it’s kinda like how I don’t care about sports but like movies about sports—eh, go fig). By this I mean movies where the holidays are in the background, not the main focus. I’m sure most of you know some of the more popular less-christmasy Christmas movies like Die Hard, Gremlins, and The Ref. In these movies, Christmas is the background character rather than the star.

This year, while we trimmed the tree (and yes, I do insist on a real tree because having a tree inside your home is cool), I suggested we delve a little deeper into the less-christmasy Christmas genre and watch Christmas horror! Am I a little one note? Maybe. But I watched these movies partially for you too, in the spirit of giving! So, get your eggnog or mulled wine, and buckle up those sleigh bells ’cause it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Three Christmas Cartoons for Animation Nerds

The holiday season is here and it’s a great time for animation. Any TV channel with any kind of children’s or family program has a seemingly endless supply of animated specials old and new for viewers to enjoy. Animated specials often become part of our holiday traditions. We wrap presents, eat whatever traditional foods we enjoy, and watch the same specials we’ve been watching since we were kids.

But maybe you’re looking for a change of pace? Maybe you could use some fresh viewing material to accompany Rudolph and Charlie Brown? Perhaps something with a distinctive animation style? I’ve got you covered. Here are three Christmas specials that will delight you with new animated visuals and fresh (and familiar) tales of the season. Continue reading

Cookie Monster – A Favorite Christmas Tradition

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Our wee little tree. Ornament themes include superheroes, robots, and chickens.

The holidays can be a tough time for folks, I know – there’s the stress of shopping, there’s cold and dark and nasty weather, there’s expectations that can’t be met. And yet…I love the holidays (pretty much all holidays, except for St. Patrick’s Day, but especially the fall and winter holidays). I love lights and food and gathering with friends and family. I especially love holiday traditions. There’s something magical to me about doing the same thing, year after year in celebration with the same people; it’s like the goodwill builds and grows with each repetition. It’s comforting and powerful. Whether it’s reading the Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve (and my father still does this with my niece and nephews every year), or putting a favorite ornament on the tree, it just makes everything a bit more meaningful to me, that chain of years behind the moment.

So I was pondering this here Christmas Eve blog post, and I didn’t have a clever Christmas poem for you, or an amazing Christmas craft to teach you. But I do have this, one of my very favorite traditions – our annual cookie decorating party. I’ll share it with you and who knows, maybe you’ll start this tradition, too.

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Non Traditional Christmas Songs to Add to your Playlist

Last year inspiration struck and I created A Parademon’s Christmas.  This year, I am in the middle of moving, so my more creative juices and general energy are directed towards methods of self-preservation.  Happily, one of those methods is the time-honored tradition of not thinking about an upcoming stressful event by distracting yourself with other things.  And the distraction of my choice has been Christmas/Holiday music.  My Pandora list is mighty, my Google Play collection knows no boundaries..and so I have decided to share with you a few of my more non-traditional favorites.

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Getting all sorts of festive!

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Cartoon Sara Watches Three Muppet Christmas Specials

December is upon us, which means – like it or not – the winter holidays have arrived. It’s once again time for walking through winter wonderlands, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, and desperately trying to ensure that all three gifts for your fellow Ladies arrive in time. (Maybe that last one is just me.) It’s also an excellent time to get your Muppet fix. The Muppets have been making Christmas appearances on TV shows since the 1960s and started their own catalog of Christmas specials in 1970 with The Great Santa Claus Switch. Over forty years later, Muppet fans have a lot of holiday themed Muppet material to choose from. These are my three picks for the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, and Muppetational Muppet Christmas specials.

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Merry Christmas – And One Woman’s New Year

Merry Christmas everyone!

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The Menace Household Christmas tree. A close look reveals a large number of robots, spaceships, and chickens.

To be honest, the responsibility of writing a post that will update on actual, factual Christmas has been weighing on me a tad – it’s a big responsibility! Plus, what’s a lady to do? I can’t give you gift suggestions – it’s already too late! Smalerie and Cartoon Sara have covered us on comics and specials pertaining to the holiday spirit. And there’s no way I can top Tiny Doom’s craft from last year!

But then I realized – beyond wishing those of you who celebrate it a joyous holiday, I don’t need to focus this post on Christmas at all! Because hot on its heels is another holiday I can help you prepare for – New Year’s Eve.

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Smalerie Shares Some Christmas Comics

Last week, Cartoon Sara was kind enough to share her comprehensive and well-researched list of favorite Christmas Specials.  This got me thinking about some of my favorite holiday themed comic books and stories.  Limited a bit by availability (as in online and in my house), here is a quick sample of just some of the comics out there for those of us in search of a bit more holiday (and in some cases I use this term loosely) cheer.

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Cartoon Sara’s Top Ten Christmas Specials

The holiday season is upon us once again and along with snowstorms, visiting relatives, and frantic last minute gift shopping, that means holiday specials on TV. Seasonal specials have become part of our holiday traditions, something we come back to every year along with the old decorations to remind us of and connect us to holidays past. We all have our old favorites, but there’s always room for a few new ones to add to the yearly rotation. Here, in no particular order, are ten of my favorite Christmas specials. Some are well known classics, while others are a little less well known. So get your hot chocolate ready and prepare to revisit some of the old greats and discover some new ones.

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Parademon Christmas: A Poem of Unspeakable Cheer

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*Inspired by the ornament above, created by The Red Menace

Poem by: smalerie

There is a special day,
that comes but once a year.
A very special day,
that fills all Apokolips’ hearts with cheer.
Instead of shock and despair,
The smell of cookies fills the air
For today is the day the Parademons have their Christmas.

There are no trainings today
On the land or in the sky.
Darkseid takes a break
And no one wonders why.
He visits bearing gifts
All Parademons’ hearts he lifts
For today is the day the Parademons have their Christmas.

This Parademon got shiny jet wings
And a new doll, who smiles and sings.
There is no sweeter joy than this,
A day you (for your own safety) should not miss
For today is the day the Parademons have their Christmas.

As the day draws to a close
All the Parademons collect in rows
They deck and then burn down the tree.
Tis a wonderous thing to see
All Hail to the Parademons and their Christmas.