Today is the final day of Hanukkah, and the Christmas decorations are coming down* (though not the external lights; those get to stay up for another couple of weeks), officially marking the end of the holiday season.
This year the last holiday song I heard late Chrissymass night was The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth by Jack Black & Jason Segel. I think that’s appropriate somehow.
I will blog again in 2012.
*The decorations coming down have nothing to do with the end of Hanukkah; correlation does not necessarily mean causation.
It’s an open secret that I am unnaturally attracted to the 1960s Spy genre: James Bond, The Avengers, I Spy, Man from UNCLE, The Prisoner. For some reason or other I just can’t get enough; I love ‘em… [Read my Full Review]
Album of the Month: A Very She & Him Christmas
She & Him, aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, have come out with a very simple, minimalist Christmas album. The vocal reverb is turned up, and the instruments are kept to a minimum. Sometimes it’s just a ukulele; sometimes just a guitar that sounds like it’s straight outta the 1950s. There are only a couple of songs that bring in a full band (one even has backing vocals). The result is a soothing, somewhat spacey and dreamy set of Christmas standards. I like it.
TV Special the Month: A Muppet Family Christmas
A great 1987 Christmas special that combines the Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and even Muppet Babies (appearing as puppets) in one glorious, nostalgic feast of warm feelings and happy times. Problems with the rights to some songs have caused the “official” video & DVD releases of this movie to be edited all to Hell, but right now you can watch the unedited version on YouTube… before it gets taken down!