Blogcritics.org is examining the genuine Spirit of the Holidays this year in a special section. Tough times can turn virtue into necessity. The forthcoming holiday season will be a time of economic uncertainty, but also an opportunity to return to the original meaning of the holidays: family, friends, and tradition vs. untethered commercialism.
Rather than just throwing money at the holidays, this year would be a great time to inject time and thought into the gift giving process. Make gifts and decorations if you have the time or inclination, or at minimum, look for meaningful, personalized gifts that don't have to be expensive.
We will be focusing on this special Spirit of the Holidays this season, and looking at the holiday season from our usual wildly varied perspectives as well.
BC Writer Brandon Daviet makes his picks for the best albums of 2008.
The distance between my children and me has left me with a chronic feeling of unrest I’m not sure I will ever shake.
It’s heartening to know that some element of magic remains to remind us that it wasn’t such a bad year after all.
Economic crisis got you down? Get these lucky leaves to lift you up.
There is a layering of Christmases past for me, sort of like an onion tree ornament that can be peeled off to reveal each year.
When we believe in magic, it happens. Just believe.
'Twas the crud before Christmas...
Dancing the night away with the cougars of Westlake to the very excellent voice and rocking Christmas tunes of the great Raul Malo.
The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles celebrate the holidays with songs, stories, and dance.
A great gift for that friend of yours prone to singing badly at parties and other forms of lampshade wearing fun.
Some thoughts on the annual migration of college students for holiday break.
Non-Christmas holiday music from the brother of Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen plays surprisingly well as a standalone record.
Adam Becvar (aka Luigi Bastardo) takes on CBS/Paramount's DVD release of eight timeless TV classics.
When you just don't have time for all the details.
Christmas tunes to rock to.
A selection of classic and classical Christmas songs performed by many of the Princeton (NJ) choral ensembles.
Nothing else provides as much value as a book. It's the ultimate gift.
American Idol finalist Michael Johns becomes American Icon through his gift of love.
Looks to be another record-setting year for the charity, and there's still time left to get involved.
Germany trains him, England thins him, and a drill instructor yells at him.