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.
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So there’s this one house at the corner of S 9th St and S Ridgewood Ave in Tacoma that really puts on the holiday displays. Not just for Christmas, mind you, but for practically every major holiday throughout the year. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, etc. This is their Christmas 2010 display:
If you’re ever in the area, you should really drive by (especially once the sun has gone down) and check them out; this photo really does not do it justice.
Link of the Month: My Wish List
It’s that time of year again: Time for you to buy things for me for Christmas! BUY THINGS FOR ME! Don’t forget to sort the wish list by PRIORITY. Thanks in advance!
Game of the Month: Mega Man 9
The original Mega Man series is tied with the Mario Kart series as my all-time favorite series of video games. Imagine my surprise and delight when suddenly out of nowhere Capcom released Mega Man 9 this year… with Mega Man II era graphics and sound effects! So far it’s only available as a WiiWare download (and it only costs ten bucks). Easily the best Mega Man game since Mega Man IV, Mega Man 9 is like a distillation of everything that made those original games so great 20 years ago. It proves you need not have 10,000 polygons per character and photo-realistic lighting effects to have a good game. All you need to have is A GOOD GAME. And it’s frikkin’ difficult, which I appreciated quite a bit. It actually took me several days to beat it! And with downloadable content, there are tonnes of reasons to go back and keep on playing it!
Album of the Month: Sixpence None the Richer: The Dawn of Grace
I’m kind of a sucker for a good girl-pop/rock band, so I’ve always kinda liked Sixpence None the Richer. Even back when they were much more overtly a Christian band I didn’t find them terribly offensive; it was surprisingly catchy stuff. Leigh Nash has an endearingly quirky voice. Well, now they’ve released a Christmas album, so it’s okay that there are Christian songs on it. Surprisingly, there are only a few standards: Angels We Have Heard on High; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; Silent Night; and Carol of the Bells. The rest of the album is made up of very unusual choices like the old Spanish carol Riu Riu Chiu (in Spanish), the delightfully laconic Christmas Island, and the thoroughly bizarre Some Children See Him, which tells how children of different ethnicities all see Jesus looking like them.