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  1. Why A Christmas Story Is The Most Honest Holiday Movie

    I love holiday specials. I think that I, like a lot of us, still have the memories of watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Frosty the Snowman imprinted in my very psyche, making me gravitate to airings of A Charlie Brown Christmas like an old top hat toward a golem of a snowman. However, as I grow older, the more that I have to consider that maybe these Christmas specials don’t exactly have the message of warmth and good tidings that they purport to have.

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  2. How to Wrap Your Cat Like A Christmas Present, FOR REASONS

    That tree doesn't know what it's got coming.

    The video's creators warn: "Many cats have an aversion to being wrapped or being dressed up and are not toys. Please do not attempt to recreate this scene if your pet is unwilling to remain still."

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  3. This is The Rock Singing “Here Comes Santa Claus” In a Festive Onesie.

    "This is for Hugh jackman!"

    I think this is all best viewed with no context.

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  4. What Everyone Is Really Thinking When You Bring Your Partner Home For The Holidays

    TOO REAL.

    Some of us will be bringing our significant others home for the holidays, and it's always a little awkward - especially when you consider what everyone else is thinking. Any hey, you might might remember this video's star, Alison Vingiano, from this previous video of a female superhero trying to pitch her own movie. That one is also as painful as you might imagine.

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  5. Celebrate Christmas Eve With These Impressively Festive… Pancakes?

    Is this black magic

    Nathan Shields of Saipancakes takes your traditional flapjack and turns it into a gosh darn work of art. Look at these things! Why would anyone want to eat them?! They're miraculous. I can barely get a pancake to cook evenly. If that's not impressive enough for you, check out his seriously nerdy flapjack creations as well!

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  6. What’s More Impressive, Gingerbread Iron Throne or Gingerbread Barad-dûr?

    Would eat both obviously but have to go with Barad-dûr on this one.

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  7. Christmas Songs Scientifically Accurate, NASA Confirms That The Holidays Literally Make Seasons Bright

    Important holiday science.

    The Earth is always pretty when viewed from space, but NASA has some new data that shows that the holidays light up the Earth like, well, a Christmas tree.

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  8. Mass Hysteria: Dogs & Cats Eating Holiday Dinner Together

    Our invitation must have gotten lost in the mail.

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  9. The Perfect Comics For Gifting (To Friends, Family, And Yourself) This Holiday Season: Kids Edition!

    Ultimate List of 2014 Easy-To-Be-Addicted-To Comic Amazingness PART ONE

    Even in these modern times, getting into comics (or getting others into comics) can be a daunting task. Where do you start? What’s even good? All important questions - and even more important with the winter holidays coming up, when you have the perfect opportunity to pass on your nerdy passions to your friends and family. First up - the best comic gifts for kids (or kids at heart!)

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  10. Do Hobbits Celebrate Christmas? And Other Seasonal Feels From Fandom

    Lena, aka Nokeek on DeviantArt, has created a few nerd-themed holiday cards we thought you might like. Mostly because they feature Doctor Who, Sherlock and other British favorites. And we threw in a few others we thought you might like as well.

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  11. The Mary Sue’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part 5: Geek Chic!

    Gotta buy 'em all!

    Heck yes you want to look good this holiday season and all year round. What better time to stock up on goodies for you and your friends and family then right now? From geek chic clothing, to make-up, to jewelry, we've got all your best bets for keeping it cute in 2015 right here.

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  12. The Mary Sue Holiday Gift Guide, Part 4: Stuff & Things!

    You'll have to supply your own disapproving look at Lori, though.

    Face it, nerds love stuff. Memorabilia, merchandise, collectibles, what have you—if we can display it proudly in a glass case in our living room, most of us are pretty happy. Here's a bunch of neat plushies, figures, and other odds and ends (some of them are even practical!) for the collectors and enthusiasts in your life. And don't forget to check out Part 1: Books, Part 2: Movies & TV, and Part 3: Gaming & Tech!

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  13. Star Wars Holiday Cards and Ornaments: You Cannot Repel Festivity of This Magnitude

    X-(wing)-mas.

    You can head to McQuade's Etsy to purchase some holiday Star Wars swag, or check out his Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Alien merchandise. (I mean, who doesn't want a Ripley Christmas Tree ornament? Grinches, that's who.)

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  14. The Mary Sue’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part 3: Games & Tech!

    No matter what one-liners may have you believe, playtime is never over. So, we've got a great selection of games and electronics gift ideas for Part 3 of this year's holiday gift guide!

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  15. The Mary Sue’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2: Movies & TV!

    It's safe to say we here at The Mary Sue consume a lot of media. You might even say it's our jobs! But that doesn't mean we don't still watch for fun. Here's a list of 20 home releases perfect for someone in your life (or yourself).

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  16. The Mary Sue’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1: Books!

    The original nerd gift.

    It's December 1st... do you know where your holiday shopping list is? No? Well, we're going to be helping you out there all week, starting with the nerdiest gift of all: books. Here are some mighty tomes that have come out this year that we think your loved ones would be lucky to get.

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  17. Is “Text Me Merry Christmas” a New Holiday Classic? Kristen Bell Hopes So!

    Text to Kristen: Do you want to build a snowman?

    So I guess it's that time, huh? It's super cheesy, but it's Kristen Bell with Straight No Chaser, so I can't be too Scrooge-y.

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  18. Watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Give Columbus Day the Skewering It So Rightly Deserves

    Well you have to have mattress sales sometime.

    "Columbus Day," asks Last Week Tonight with John Oliver—"How is that still a thing?" For the non-Americans in the audience, this is when we celebrate the time a guy "discovered" a continent that had already been discovered, then proceeded to kill a whole bunch of people. America! I'm going to celebrate heathen Canadian Thanksgiving instead, thank you very much.

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  19. Celebrate National Running Day With The Geekiest Running Videos We Could Find

    There's an awful lot of running to do.

    Today is National Running Day so go run -- or stay inside where it's safe and has WiFi and watch videos of other geeks running. How do you run on the International Space Station? What's the best "Time Lord Rock" song to jog to? How fast can scary nightmare robots run? Check out these videos to find out.

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  20. Minneapolis Cancels Columbus Day, Rebrands it “Indigenous Peoples Day”

    But we still get the day off, right?

    Columbus Day is a controversial holiday. It celebrates exaggerated or falsified achievements of a man while ignoring his atrocities, and the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota today officially renamed the holiday "Indigenous Peoples Day" in a unanimous vote by the city council.

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