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Break out your mittens and dust off your wreaths—“Christmastime is here,” as the Peanuts sing in their Charlie Brown holiday special. And while many yuletide hymns are religiously inspired, some of the most hummable melodies come straight from TV specials and Christmas films that span the decades. These original songs energize last-minute shopping, assuage holiday traffic, and—when needed—drown out volatile discussions with relatives over Christmas supper. 10. “One More Sleep Til Christmas” from The Muppet...
After 25 years, Mark Morris's gender-bending, Charles Burns-inspired 1970s Nutcracker still pushes the boundaries of the classical ballet. With a cast of Mark Morris company dancers as well as returning performers from the Hard Nut's quarter-century history, it's also something of a family reunion. Brooklyn Magazine stepped backstage during its short run at BAM this year to take a look at one of Brooklyn's most beloved Christmas traditions. Chelsea Acree, party guest, snow, Russian, flower. "I've been...
According to popular mythology, Thanksgiving is a time to debate immigration reform at the dinner table with relatives that lean to the right of Lou Dobbs. Or, if you’re like me, the dinner table is just another venue for you to defend your questionable career trajectory and uneventful love life. However, no matter what is discussed at the holiday dinner, one thing is certain, at some course over the holiday weekend, you and your...

Fuck Turkey

Thanksgiving is in eight days. We all know what this means. In eight days from now, we're going to sit around a table with a lot of people we like and some we even love and also sometimes hate and we're going to eat a big meal, which is going to center around one thing: turkey. Fuck turkey. Turkey is not a good-tasting bird. Fuck turkey for not even tasting as good as fucking bland-ass chicken, which is a pretty...

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