Christmas Is a Lot of Things: On Linus and Owen Meany

Christmas Is a Lot of Things: On Linus and Owen Meany

It's one of the most famous moments in syndicated Christmas special history. Linus, wearing a green beanie and carrying his trustworthy blue blanket, steps to the front of the stage in an empty auditorium. A single spotlight illuminates him as he recites scripture from memory, describing to his best friend, the constantly beleaguered Charlie Brown, [...]

The Sound of the Season: Empty Houses’s Holiday

The Sound of the Season: Empty Houses’s Holiday

I'm not particularly proactive when it comes to holiday traditions. While I'm partial to a Thanksgiving dinner, I'm certainly not going to prepare it. Though I'm fond of Christmas lights and decorations, I don't know that I've ever bought any. For the most part, I rely on those around me (*cough* my wife *cough*) to take [...]

Sing Like An Elf

Like seemingly everyone in my generation, I'm of the mindset that Jon Favreau's Elf is a Christmas classic. What kind of scrooge doesn't enjoy the adventures of Will Ferrell's lovably naive Buddy the Elf? The movie's climactic scene - which includes brilliant allusions to Lethal Weapon, The Lord of the Rings, and the freaking Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot video - [...]