Around the Horn: What Does Your Christmas Feast Look Like?

Happy Holidays YOMYOMFers!  While it’s a given that there’s a turkey at Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner seems a bit more flexible.  Yes, there’s the line around the block at the Honeybaked ham store that I’ve often stood in, but it seems that there is a wide variety of family traditions or no tradition at all when it comes to Christmas.  When I lived in Japan, I was surprised to find out that KFC chicken is the standard Christmas fare, along with a romantic Christmas cake.  (I believe Phil blogged about this.)  Now that I’ve married into a Chinese family, our Christmas dinner has become Chinese hot pot (though I slightly modified this by bringing Shabu Shabu to the table this year.)  Also, we celebrate on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day. 

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What does your Christmas feast look like?

Chinese for Christmas

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Chinese restaurants get a boost on Christmas because they don’t close on the holiday. It’s a fact depicted by Bob Clark’s 1982 classic A Christmas Story where the narrator says, “That Christmas would live in our memories as the Christmas when we were introduced to Chinese turkey.”

So how can you not have some Chinese food for Christmas? Especially for a nostalgic Chinese American like me.

Holiday Shopping – Anything Star Wars vs Something Totoro

 

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A can’t miss this holiday is anything Star Wars. It begins this week and it’ll be strong through the new year. Don’t know what to get someone? How about Star Wars. Anything Star Wars.

First, I’ll begin with books. Books work for anyone. Adults laugh at kids books and kids take their books seriously. It works on a nightstand, coffee table, and play room. Jeffery Brown’s huge Star Wars series is fun and comes from the art desk of an emo-oriented indie comics artist. The covers alone are hilarious.

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Is the U.S. Still Standing After North Korea’s Furious Christmas Attack?

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So I’ve been a little out of touch due to the holidays and wanted to check in to see if North Korea made good on their promise to unleash their wrath on the theaters showing The Interview as well as “the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism”.

No? I see. Well, then carry on.

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Flash Fact: It would still take you 22 years to confess to the woman you love

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and@thorhulkcritic.

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In this week’s THE FLASH, Barry finally kokuhakus Iris. Kokuhaku is a wonderful Japanese term I learned from the DVD extras of the Japanese film LINDA LINDA LINDA (an excellent Japanese-schoolgirl-rock-band film, if you’re into that sort of thing). Means roughly, “sudden confession,” with the implication that it is a confession of long-held unrequited love.

On The First Day Of Christmas, My True Love Gave To Me…. A Cashier’s Check For $27,393.

That’s up 7.7% from last year, far outpacing inflation (1.2%).  Ouch.

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Here’s how the twelve days of Christmas break down:

1. one partridge in a pear tree – $200 (tree not included)

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2. two turtledoves – $125 (note: two turtledoves are cheaper than one partridge)

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3. three French hens – $165 (cheaper, per unit, than turtle doves)

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Christmas Eve Horror Movie Marathon

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My favorite thing to do on Christmas Eve is to stay in, watch a marathon of Christmas-themed horror flicks, sip wine and eat chocolates. Unfortunately I will be spending Christmas Eve with my dad this year and he has absolutely no interest in horror films even though as a kid I made him rent every horror movie available. He would fall asleep snoring in the middle of them.

Here are some alternative programming recommendations for Christmas movies.

Black Christmas (1974) is a classic and must see for every horror fan. Directed by Bob Clark, Black Christmas is arguably the first modern slasher film made in history. It’s classy, well-made and atmospheric, most definitely on top of my Christmas horror flicks. However, don’t bother with the lame 2006 remake.

Stop Christmas Violence

Apparently, a “violent crime duo” has been committing unspeakable acts up in Canada this Christmas season, but luckily they have been caught on video and can now be identified:

AvLgFB-CIAE7XpySo if anyone should see this duo, proceed with caution and alert the authorities immediately as they are very, very, very violent.

Around the Horn: Holiday Traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year a.k.a. the holidays are back. As much as I give off the Grinch vibe, I have to say I really enjoy this time of year. And there are certain things that get me in the proper spirit and one of them is A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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I’ve been watching the Peanuts gang learn the true meaning of Christmas since I was a little kid and it’s something that I revisit every year and never get sick of. When everyone gets together at the end of that to decorate that sad little Christmas tree that Charlie Brown picked out and transforms it into something beautiful–that gets me every time.

But what I really love about the special is the music by Vince Guaraldi. This has to be some of my favorite Christmas music. It doesn’t get any more perfect than this:

Or this:

Or any of the other songs on the soundtrack.

What are the things that get you in the holiday spirit?

Masturbating or What You Won’t be Doing this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here and it’s a time for many things: family, good food, football, shopping (now that Black Friday is starting on Thursday), but the one thing it’s apparently not about is porn and masturbation.

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According to Pornhub, people watch far less porn on major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Apparently, people don’t like to jerk off while basking in the warm glow of family, friends and turkey dinners.

But holidays aren’t the only time people give up porn, there’s also the days when big news stories break. For example, on the day Osama Bin Laden was killed, porn traffic was down. Guess partaking in some self-love isn’t how most people wanted to celebrate such a milestone.

While porn viewing may drop on Thanksgiving, it actually increases on the day after Thanksgiving.

If it’s Mariah Carey, it Must be Christmas!

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I’m hardly the only one who’s pointed this out, but every year, it seems like Christmas arrives earlier and earlier. I remember a time not too long ago, when I was a young lad, when the Christmas season didn’t really kick off until after Thanksgiving. This year, a department store that I occasionally frequent had their Christmas decorations out in the dead of summer.

To drive home the point, in recent years, we have witnessed the trend of certain radio stations playing all holiday music around Christmastime. Again, when this practice gained traction around a decade ago, most stations wouldn’t go full Christmas until after the Thanksgiving turkey had been properly digested. But the popularity of this format has led stations to pull out the musical holly and mistletoe earlier and earlier.

I learned this the other day as I was driving home from work and as I channel surfed on XM Radio found that the 24 hour holiday music has already started—thank you, Mariah Carey for reminding me for the 988,764th time that all you want for Christmas is me.