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

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.

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

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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!

We Love Friday! – Over the Top Christmas Displays


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.

Wild Cartoon Scenes from a Polish Illustrator

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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.

Merry Minimalist Christmas! A Nativity Made of Blocks

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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.

Visual Bits #342> Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

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Visualizing The Chemistry of Snowflakes

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It’s the end of a natural process that many of us see millions of times every year – the creation of tiny snowflakes which together build the white wonderland of winter snow. But, just how many of us have really looked into what happens behind that process? How exactly does a snowflake form?

X-Ray Peeks at X-mas Gifts

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No matter how much you shake, rattle, and size-up your presents this holiday season, sometimes you still can’t figure out what’s inside. But with an X-ray view, there is no mistaking what lies beneath that festive wrapping paper and bow! X-ray Artist Hugh Tuvey from the British Institute of Radiology took radiographed pictures of wrapped up Christmas packages to reveal the secrets inside.

A Fun Interactive Advent Calendar for Santa Believers

I’ll never forget the year I “ruined Christmas.” I was in fifth grade and already knew for quite some time the secret about Santa, but continued to pretend because I thought I would get more presents that way. My family and I were at my grandma’s house and I opened the Nickelodeon Moonshoes I’d been asking for. My mom told me I could not use them in the house, but I proceeded to put them on and ended up jumping on my grandma’s foot that had just been operated on. Three generations of tears were shed and my mom told me, “You know what Jessica, there’s no such thing as Santa Claus- it’s me and your dad!” I cried in reply, “Does that mean there’s no Easter Bunny either?” But thinking back on that time in my life when I was hearing things at school about Santa being a phony, but still wanted to believe, I wondered how hard it must be to keep the secret alive when kids have regular internet access. So I did a google search: “Is Santa real?” to see what they might find and came across this awesome interactive advent calendar.

Here’s a Few Early Christmas Gifs!

It’s that time of year when everyone, and we mean everyone, starts making christmas themed art. From the cute to the bizarre, you just can’t get away from it, so we’re embracing this inevitable happenstance and bringing you a gift of 11 fun gifs from the supppperbly titled site, Christmas Gifs (punny!).