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  1. Learn About the Origins of 27 Winter Holiday Traditions with John Green and Mental Floss

    Maybe we'll finally figure out why "mistletoe" is even a thing.

    Traditions are a very weird thing that humans do. Like, who decided to cut trees down and throw them in our living rooms all covered with shiny things so that Jesus would notice us on his birthday? In fact, the origins of most winter holiday traditions are a bit murky, so John Green is here to tell you all about them.

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  2. Happy Thanksgivukkah Everyone!

    and let it be known

    We have prepared three delicious and nutritious Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah) themed videos for you today, so enjoy them. And then go do what you should really be doing: watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Marathon.

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  3. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Fall At The Same Time This Year, Will Form Superholiday “Thanksgivukkah”

    Chrismukkah is so 2004.

    Usually Hanukkah is thought of as Christmas's lamer cousin -- sure, you get presents and a Rugrats special, but not much else compared to the enormous conglomerate of media stardom that is Santa Claus and Baby Jesus. Except this year, Hanukkah's competing with... Thanksgiving. Wow, man. You just can't win some.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Winter Is Coming…To The Empire

    Things We Saw Today

    Hey, we all have chores to do. (Jim Mossey via Ashley Hay)

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Have a Happy Hanukkah With This Trilobite Menorah

    Things We Saw Today

    Etsy seller Trilobite Glass Works makes a menorah in the shape of a... wait for it... trilobite. Via Mental Floss' list of 15 More Quirky Menorahs. Happy first day of Hanukkah, everyone!

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  6. Last-Minute Way to Give: Chicken Sweaters and Other Gifts for Both Animals and Humans

    Audience Participation

    In the spirit of whatever holiday you celebrate, Mental Floss has some -- 12, actually -- great idea for gifts that are definitely better than a contribution to The Human Fund: clothing for animals. (Some are actually for humans!) "But why would chickens need clothes?" you might ask yourself. Well, some hens who have been neglected or abused lose their feathers because of the stress. And these little sweaters help keep them warm until their feathers grow back. If you visit Little Hen Rescue, you'll find a pattern for knitting sweaters for chickens. Other organizations include The Snuggles Project (blankets for shelter animals), Afghans for Afghans, and Project Linus ("security" blankets for needy children). (via Mental Floss)

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  7. Here Are Some Things to Do With Leftover Wrapping Paper

    It is a gift!

    Consider this a pre-emptive strike against your impending post-holiday mess: Things to do with leftover wrapping paper. And we are here to help you, because whether it's used and ripped apart or you're just really not into wasting the scraps of paper that couldn't be used for wrapping, there is, indeed, a use for your surplus wrapping paper. And if you're wondering if Martha Stewart might be involved in this, you are going to be very, very happy after the jump.

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