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.
Fa-la-la-la-la, my friends. Xmas is doomed to be musical. At your service: the best mostly indie Xmas music videos.
This is what a holiday reunion movie is all about.
These holiday songs remain (mostly) the same, but 'tis the season for music yule truly love.
Harry still does big band right, even at Christmas!
A great disc to add to your not-so-traditional holiday music collection.
Straight No Chaser presents an a cappella Christmas.
Although the first season was not the best of the series, the insightful bonus material makes it well worth owning.
Simple step-by-step guidelines for creating personal holiday magic.
As you are striking off names of cinephiles from your holiday gift list, consider some of these options.
New gloves keep your fingers warm, while still allowing access to your touch-screen technology.
Nice display and decent feature set, but could be confusing for novices.
Think about what's most important to your loved one, even — and especially — if it's not important to you.
Pucker up, America. It's time to embrace Christ's true message — love, don't kill, thy neighbor.
If you want to buy some hot merchandise at almost too good to be true prices without putting yourself in jeopardy, read on!
"Silent Night" - the new metal classic.
As the 2008 holiday movie season moves into December, some intriguing high profile films look to end the year strong.
Good idea, but it misses the mark.
Tony Bennett's first Christmas album in 40 years provides the perfect soundtrack for all your holiday festivities.
I demand an investigation of all writers of The Onion to see if they accidentally wrote a satirical story that came to life.