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Post Week in Review: December 14-20

Published: December 19, 2014

Have You Sent Out Your Christmas Cards Yet?



It’s December 19, so if you haven’t sent out your Christmas cards yet you better stop reading this and rush out to the post office right away. Seriously … go! Hurry up!

I agree with Ed Dwyer, who wrote in his fantastic essay about Christmas cards that he still sends them out. I do too. I can’t do e-cards. That seems so lame and insufficient to me. “Here, I clicked a couple of buttons for you.” I guess that’s better than nothing (and a good substitute if you don’t have the money), but there’s something special about someone taking the time to pick out a card, write their name or a greeting inside, put a stamp on it, and go to a box to mail it. Besides, you’ll be helping the Post Office stay afloat.

We’re losing so many of the ways we used to do things that we should try to hold on to as many as we can.

Author of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” Dies

One of my favorite books when I was a kid, one I read approximately 300 times, was Clifford the Big Red Dog. I’m not even sure if kids still read it these days or if there’s another book that has taken it’s place, but it was big when I was little. The author of the classic, Norman Bridwell, passed away on Monday. He was 86.

Clouds in the Grand Canyon

I know that sounds like the title of a folk song or a story you might find in a literary magazine, but it’s actually a rare phenomenon, when clouds fill the Grand Canyon to the brim, to the point where it looks like its filled with snow you could walk acrosssnow. It happened last week, and NPR has some terrific photos and videos.

What’s Your Favorite Christmas Song?

I love Christmas music. And I don’t mean I like it ironically or that I simply put up with it, I truly love it. I’d listen to it year-round if that were socially acceptable. But doing that would erase all of the special, seasonal feelings I get from listening to Christmas songs in December (also, it would be really weird playing “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” while relaxing on the beach in July).

I lean toward the classic/traditional songs. I’ll take Dean Martin, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney and traditional carols over Bruce Springsteen or The Beach Boys any year.

Honestly, if I hear Springsteen’s version of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” one more time …

What’s your favorite?

A Case for the Return of the Movie Serial

Kzenon / Shutterstock

Kzenon / Shutterstock

Adam Sternbergh has an interesting idea over at Vulture: Bring back the classic movie serial. I don’t know if that would work out, either for the studios financially or to get moviegoers to go back to the theaters like they used to, but anything would be better than the 20 commercials and boring trivia that comes before the coming attraction now. I know I’d go, and it’s an idea that is so “old” that it might seem “new” to younger people and even become “hip.”

So far this week we’ve advocated for Christmas cards and the movie serial. Next up: butter churns and pocket watches!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio American Spirit / Shutterstock.com

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio
American Spirit / Shutterstock.com

People love to debate who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I guess there are only so many people who can be inducted, but it’s interesting who isn’t in yet when really recent bands/musicians have gotten a nod.

Next year’s inductees were announced this week and they include Lou Reed, Ringo Starr (solo award), Green Day, Joan Jett, Bill Withers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

For the record, people who still aren’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Deep Purple, Joan Baez, The Cure, King Crimson, Journey, The Monkees, Dick Dale, The Cars, and The Smiths. Also The Zombies, and with zombies so popular these days you’d think they’d want to put them in.

It’s National Eggnog Month and National Fruit Cake Month

Fruitcake sarsmis / Shutterstock

sarsmis / Shutterstock

Christmas is next week, which means we’re quickly running out of holiday-related food celebrations for December. But this month happens to be both National Eggnog Month and National Fruit Cake Month, which is something we all probably assumed anyway. What other month are we going to eat fruit cake (if we eat it at all)? And are there other types of nog to drink other times of the year?

You’re probably wondering, is there a way to combine both of these into one recipe for the holidays? Yes. Yes there is. Eggnog Fruit Cake!

Upcoming Anniversaries

December 24, 1814: The War of 1812 Ends.
Read SEP Archive Director Jeff Nilsson’s feature on the 200th anniversary of the war and the history of the phrase “Don’t Give Up the Ship”.

December 25, 1941: “White Christmas” introduced.
Read a history of the song, including how some lyrics were changed and parts re-recorded, at Wikipedia.

December 27, 1904: “Peter Pan” opens In London.
Watch NBC’s recent live version of Peter Pan at NBC.com.

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