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We Have a Winner: Steve Kardynal’s Chatroulette Performance of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Wednesday 12.25.2013 , Posted by
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In case your Christmas needs a few more laughs, here’s Chatroulette like you’ve never seen it… and that’s saying a LOT. Steve Kardynal, known as a Chatroulette Performer decided to vamp it up for the unsuspecting masses of the internet, performing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” [Read more...]

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12 Crazy Christmas Decorated Cars

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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Tis the season to be jolly and decorate like crazy, right? In our neighborhoods during the holiday season, there is always that one neighbor who goes above and beyond the common Christmas decor standards and makes their local utility company very happy. Well, what about cars? [Read more...]

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50 Years of 50 “Must Have” Toys

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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Ok, I’m going to ask a personal question: how old are you? Too personal? Ok, ok… I won’t dig that deep here. How about: what toy was popular for christmas when you were 10 years old? I know you remember it. In those exciting youthful days, there was always a “must have” gift on the list… something that would absolutely crush Christmas without finding it under the tree. Was it a Cabbage Patch Kid, a Hot Wheels car, or a Razor scooter? For me it was a remote control submarine from the Sears Wishbook. Remember that? This great graphic tracks some of the most popular holiday toys from the past 50 years. Is your favorite gift from Christmas past on the list? [Read more...]

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Santa Claus Invades 24 Classic Paintings

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
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That jolly old elf Santa Claus is up to some art history shattering shenanigans this christmas. With some assistance from his little helper, photographer Ed Wheeler, Santa has found himself riding Napoleon’s horse across the alps, crossing the Delaware river, decorating one of Mondrian’s paintings with a wreath and even becoming God. [Read more...]

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World’s Largest Gingerbread Village Goes Down in Holiday History

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
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The holidays bring out many different types of spirit: the spirit of giving, the spirit of love, the spirits of whiskey and, most recently, the competitive spirit. Chef Jon Lovitch worked for a whole year (all while wearing a Santa hat I’m sure) to construct what is now officially “the world’s largest edible gingerbread village.” When the trusty guys from the Guinness Book of World Records stopped by, the 300-square foot village weighed in at a whopping 1.5 tons! [Read more...]

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Christmas Tradition: 2 Brothers Sit On Santa’s Lap For 34 Years

Friday 12.13.2013 , Posted by
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Although holiday traditions change as we get older, add on to our families, or get separated by distance, most of us have some that we try to keep alive. Whether it’s a special recipe that is passed down for years, a certain place where everyone gathers, or decorations that make it feel like the holiday season. For these two brothers, sitting on Santa’s lap is a tradition that never slipped away. For the past 34 years they have sat on Santa’s lap, showing the progression of fashion, or lack thereof, through the decades, transitioning through the awkward years, and growing families to start the tradition all over again. [Read more...]

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Sweet Architecture: Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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If you look at the picture above, at first it appears to be a photograph of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim Museum… but look again. Is that a sprinkle of sugar on the side? Turns out it’s just one in a series of impressive gingerbread art museums created by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves for a display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami. And you thought you had gingerbread house skills! [Read more...]

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We Love Friday! – Over the Top Christmas Displays

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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As the holiday season quickly approaches its’ end, with New Year’s Eve right around the corner; just before we enter that dreaded month when all of the bills come and the decorations come down, we wanted to honor those who quadrupled their electric bill for the month of December to show their neighbors who’s got Christmas Spirit! Every city and town needs them- those people who transform their yards into a Christmas wonderland and, in doing so, light up the entire neighborhood. To make it worth all the time, effort, and money put in to having the house that all the neighbors are pointing at as they drive by, we wanted to bring these displays beyond their local populations, so we searched Instagram for some of the most over the top displays of Christmas cheer for all to enjoy. [Read more...]

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Wild Cartoon Scenes from a Polish Illustrator

Monday 12.24.2012 , Posted by

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Machal Dziekan has a talent for looking at society’s fringes through a hilariously dynamic lens. His illustrations seem to always have someone falling down about to meet their demise; or at least stuck in a ridiculously awkward situation which seems unescapable. In this case Santa isn’t even safe. [Read more...]

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Merry Minimalist Christmas! A Nativity Made of Blocks

Monday 12.24.2012 , Posted by

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The traditional nativity is comprised of some gold gilt figurines, often made of ceramic, surrounding a baby on an all too tiny manger. The scene is timeless, but the colors are garish and the style is questionable. If the idea of a standard nativity set doesn’t match up with your contemporary aesthetic, this set might have far more appeal. Created by London based designer Sebastian Bergne, the set is made of nothing more than 8 painted wooden blocks and a wooden box… but it is far smarter than it is simple. [Read more...]

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