Well, my friends. The Colbert Report is over. The Stephen Colbert that gave us news in a hilarious and satirical manner has now departed on Santa’s sleigh with Abraham Lincoln and Alex Trebek into the great eternity. It was a suitably funny, heartwarming, and sad ending all at the same time. While I would talk about the ending, what the Colbert Report meant to me and such, I think it’s far more appropriate if I instead talked about a new tradition in my household. Every year around Christmas time, Laura and I grab the DVD, sit back and watch A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All.
The Wonderful Life scenario is one I’ve talked about recently. It’s certainly nothing new in the world of Christmas specials. But what if you found out everyone would be a lot better off if you didn’t exist? How would you react? Today’s special explores that story, but in a very comedic fashion. This is You’re a Dirty Rotten Bastard, the Nostalgia Critic Christmas special.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about faith recently. About my faith and my religion and how I practice it. Or, rather, how I’ve failed to practice it for so long. Now all this thinking has mostly revolved around a character named Michael Carpenter from the Dresden Files novels and why he’s one of my favorite characters ever. However, I just can’t find a way to tie the character into Christmas outside of his belief of Jesus. Which is why I have instead decided to talk about the first “God” figure I ever truly believed in as a kid: Santa Claus.
Santa is supposed to be a man, just like any other man. Granted, he’s a magical man that can give presents to everyone in the world in one night, but he’s still a man nonetheless. Is it really so impossible to imagine him having a kid? Well, today’s story revolves around Santa’s rambunctious teenage daughter. This is Paul Dini’s Jingle Belle
It’s pretty weird that a lot of Christmas stories revolve around people who hate the holiday. You’ve got Scrooge, the Grinch… Okay, so really only those two. But you can’t argue that those two curmudgeons haven’t become major characters when it comes to the holiday. And yet, each of their stories end up with them learning the “true meaning of Christmas” and becoming better people. Today’s episode revolves around that idea as well. This is the Danny Phantom season 2 episode, The Fright Before Christmas.
“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” -Clarence, It’s a Wonderful Life
You’re unique in the world. You’re important. No bones about it, whoever you are, the world needs you in it. This is the basic message of It’s A Wonderful Life and every TV episode and movie based on its story. And lord knows there’s a lot of renditions of this story. Today’s Christmas special is a take on the classic tale by one of my favorite childhood cartoons. This is It’s a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special.
Season of joy, good will toward men, Santa Claus is coming to town!
It’s Christmas time! Granted, Christmas isn’t the ONLY holiday going on this time of year, but it’s the one I celebrate. And refuse to let another year go by where in I don’t do something to celebrate this wonderful holiday. See, most years, I usually do a few blogs about Halloween during October, but I find I have never truly given the Christmas holiday its fair share of attention. Even though I like the macabre holiday a bit more, I DO still love Christmas. As such, I’m making this particular blog post to announce a new batch of blogs! I’m calling it, Richard’s Christmas Merry-thon! Continue reading →