Sunday, December 9, 2012


The nicest and naughtiest movie Santas

   Whether it's the classic jolly fat man or a surly drunk guy in a red suit, Santa Claus has been depicted countless times on TV and film. Here's a look at some of the best and worst of them.

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

GoodRudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (1964). Who doesn't have a special place in their heart for this clay-mation classic?

Bad Santa

Bad: Bad Santa (2003). Billy Bob Thornton's chain-smoking alcoholic scam artist Santa lives up to the movie's name. This is not the kind of person you want coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve.


GoodElf (2003). Played to great comedic effect by the somewhat surly Ed Asner. And Will Ferrell's energy portraying an over-eager man-elf is infectious.


BadFuturama. 1000 years from now, Santa Claus will be real. But he'll be an evil robot with a malfunctioning naughty/nice mechanism that defaults to naughty. And the punishment isn't just no presents, either. It's death.

Miracle on 34th Street

GoodMiracle on 34th Street (1947). A genuine Christmas classic, the original Miracle on 34th Street starred Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle.

The Grinch

Bad: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966). What's not to love about this animated re-telling of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic? The fact that he poses as Santa Claus and steals everyone's presents? At least he gives everything back.

Home Alone

Good: Home Alone (1990). Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) confides in an off-the-clock Santa Claus. He's a bit stand-offish at first, but gets back in character to offer some sage advice.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

BadSanta Claus Conquers the Martians (1964). This schlocky B-movie features a completely implausible scenario as laid out in the title. In real life, Santa Claus clearly wouldn't stand a chance.


GoodScrooged (1988). When Santa's workshop is attacked in the movie-within-a-movie, The Night the Reindeer Died, Mrs. Santa breaks open an arsenal of semiautomatic weapons and hands them out. The image of a gun-wielding Santa defending against the baddies - alongside Million Dollar Man Lee Majors - is priceless. The NRA would approve.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Bad: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Along with the Grinch, Tim Burton's Jack Skellington character is one of the greatest impostor Santas of all time.

Santa Clause

Good: The Santa Clause movies. The law of diminishing returns definitely applies to the Santa Clause series of films. Mind you, even the first one wasn't so good. But cheesy computer effects and Disney-field schmaltziness aside, Tim Allen still pulls off an endearing St. Nick.

Trading Places

BadTrading Places (1983). Drunken Santas are such a mainstay of the seasonal comedy flick, they could almost be their own category. But Dan Aykroyd's turn as a rich boy fallen on hard times includes maybe one of the best drunken Santa scenes ever filmed. Here, he crashes the company Christmas party dressed as a shabby Santa Claus, gorges on the free food and attempts to plant drugs in his successor's office. Later, he stumbles onto a bus, still in the red suit, and gnaws on a hunk of smoked salmon he stole from the buffet table.

A Christmas Story

Bad: A Christmas Story (1983). He's the mall Santa of your nightmares. He'll laugh at you and scold you for your gift request, then shove you down a slide when your turn is up.

Miracle on 34th Street, remake

Good: Miracle on 34th Street (1994). This remake of a Christmas classic was inferior in just about every way to the original. But casting Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle was one of the few things it had going for it.

The Ref

BadThe Ref (1994). An underrated holiday comedy starring a mostly-unhinged Denis Leary, The Ref also featured a drunk-as-a-skunk Santa Claus who stumbles and mutters to himself, before picking a fight with Leary and getting clocked. He also has the best line in the film: "You think you're better than me? I'm Santa Claus!"

Peter Jackson's uncredited cameo in Hot Fuzz

BadHot Fuzz (2007). You know how Simon Pegg's character gets his hand stabbed by a guy in a Santa Claus outfit? Don't remember? Anyway, the guy in the red suit is actually Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson in an uncredited cameo. Who knew?


   It is the most wonderful time of the year! From trimmed trees to twinkle lights to knit stockings hanging over the fireplace, you really can’t escape the christmas cheer. Although we have many christmas time traditions, the christmas tree is definitely the first and foremost.
   This timeline takes us through the history of the christmas tree from the first decorated tree in 1600, to the first christmas tree in the white house, to the griswolds A Christmas Vacation. It is easy to see the influence of the different fads and trends through out the century, like the bubble lights from the 1940′s. My best friend’s tree has bubble lights each year! Its their christmas tree staple.
   The other main aspect of the timeline is the debate between the real and artificial tree. My family are a bunch of real tree advocates, claiming that they will never own an artificial tree ever. I do agree and love the real tree, but artificial trees are so easy and require no clean up! The list of pros and cons goes on and on, and the debate will probably never go away!
   So tell me, what are your favorite christmas tree traditions? Do you love sparkly tinsel? Maybe pop corn strings? Or do you don your tree with candy canes? And when it comes to the tree itself, are you all natural or prefer an artificial?



Fabulous Five-Minute Fudge

   This quick fudge features the irresistible combo of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and toasted walnuts.

Fast 5 Minute Fudge

  • 1
    12 ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces (2 cups)
  • 2/3
    cup sweetened condensed milk (one-half of a 14-ounce can)
  • 1
    tablespoon water
  • 3/4
    cup chopped walnuts, toasted if desired
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
1.Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper; set aside. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate pieces, sweetened condensed milk, and water.
2.Microwave, uncovered, on 100% power (high) for 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 1 minute more, or until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and spread it into a 9x6-inch rectangle, or drop mixture by rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheet.
3.Chill fudge about 30 minutes or until firm. Cut fudge into 1-1/2-inch squares. Makes 24 pieces


This diy comes form www.craftynest.com . These would make cool wall decor during Christmas. Also add a little clear or white glitter to give them a little more sparkle.

Giant Craft Stick Snowflakes

Giant white craft stick snowflakes
Giant red craft stick snowflakes

I could hardly wait to show you this Popsicle stick craft! These snowflakes are fun, easy, and so inexpensive to make. The smallest snowflake is 12 inches across; the largest is 24 inches. I had some rhinestones left over from my Christmas tree advent calendar, so I glued some at the tips of each white snowflake. You could also coat them in glitter or fake snow. And why stop with snowflakes? You could make stars, wreaths, or Christmas trees decked with lightweight ornaments. Hang them in your window, over a door instead of a wreath, or from the ceiling.

How to make giant craft stick snowflakes

Supplies and tools
  • craft sticks
  • protractor
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • fishing line
  • clear cellophane tape
  • 3/8- to 1/2-inch-wide holiday ribbon
  • red and white paint (I used Benjamin Moore Aura Steam [AF-15] and Caliente [AF-290])
  • round 12mm rhinestones
  • scissors
  • double-stick foam tape
  • small paintbrush
  • drop cloth or newspaper

All my snowflakes are based on three basic patterns, which I will call star, hexagon, and rotated hexagon.

The Star

star - step 1

1. Start by gluing six craft sticks in an asterisk shape at 30 degree angles. Use a protractor to make sure your angles are accurate.

star - step 2

2. Then add the points to the star.

star - step 3

DIY giant snowflake - star pattern

3. Finally, depending on the pattern, add the final craft sticks to complete the snowflake.

The Hexagon

star - step 1

1A. Start by gluing six craft sticks in an asterisk shape at 30 degree angles. Use a protractor to make sure your angles are accurate.

mini hexagon

1B. For the mini hexagon, start with three craft sticks instead of six.

hexagon - step 1

2. Add more sticks to expand the lengths.

hexagon - step 3

3. Glue six sticks in a hexagon shape, then glue each point of the hexagon to your asterisk shape.

hexagon - step 4 alternate

rotated hexagon - step 3 alternate

4. Finally, depending on the pattern, add the final craft sticks to complete the snowflake.

The Rotated Hexagon

rotated hexagon - step 1

1. Start by gluing six craft sticks in an asterisk shape at 30 degree angles. Use a protractor to make sure your angles are accurate.

rotated hexagon - step 4

2. Glue six sticks in a hexagon shape, then glue the middle of each side of the hexagon to your asterisk shape.

rotated hexagon - step 3

3. Finally, add the final craft sticks to complete the snowflake.

paint the snowflakes

1. Using a small paintbrush, paint two coats of paint on each side, including the edges. I recommend spray paint instead because it’s easier and faster, but severe weather prohibited spray paint in my case. Let dry.

glue rhinestones

2. Glue rhinestones onto the tips of the snowflakes. Or glue on glitter or fake snow. Let dry/cool.

hang snowflakes in window

3. To hang them in the window, tie fishing line to each snowflake. Tape the fishing line to the top of the window frame with clear cellophane tape.

hang on the wall

4. To hang them on the wall, tie a small ribbon bow to the snowflake, then tie a longer piece of ribbon to the back of the bow. Attach the long ribbon with double-stick foam tape at the very top of the wall