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Santa Claus

Winter Is Coming

Sony Planning Dark, Viking-Inspired, Santa Origins Movie Winter Knight

And apparently it’s also based on L. Frank Baum‘s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, which is neither dark nor has Vikings in it. Join me while I try to untangle this knot.

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It is a gift!

Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen Sat On Santa’s Lap For Us

What do you think Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen asked Santa for? A white Christmas? Another year of positive social media press? Sweaters with each other’s faces on them?

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Meanwhile...

Kid Could Care Less About Santa’s Whereabouts, Would Rather Talk to First Lady

Look, we think Michelle Obama is pretty cool, but if you asked us whose visit any Christmas-celebrating child would have on their mind on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, she wouldn’t make the top of our list. The top of our list would be Santa. Not so for Anthony of Fort Worth, Texas. How do we know this?

Well, because of the NORAD Santa Tracker, kind of.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Mr. T as Santa Claus

I pity the fool who doesn’t put cookies out for Mr. T. (via Stanley Chow

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where does he get those wonderful toys

Man Discovers That Santa He Visited 13 Years Ago Is Now His Father-In-Law

The world is full of coincidences but this one might take the cake. 

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Wheatley Catch

It was a good year for video games. By Sage. (via Diary of a Death Starlette)

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I Guess I Can't Argue With That

How the Whole “NORAD Tracks Santa” Thing Started

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or, well, don’t ever go online or watch the news), you probably know about how NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command — don’t ask, we know it doesn’t match). But I’ll bet you had no idea how or why NORAD started tracking the insanely improbable gift-giving route of our favorite jolly old elf, Santa Claus. Well, it all started with a Sears advertisement and a total misunderstanding.

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I Want to Believe

Best Way to Mess With Loved Ones This Christmas: Robocalls From Santa, Courtesy of Google

Attention parents of small children, children who have “figured out the Santa thing,” or people in general who like the holidays and/or want to play a prank on their friends: Google has given you a great gift in the form of Santa Claus robocalls! Now you can customize a personal message at Send a Call From Santa and have “Santa” call someone you know! Maybe a skeptical kid you know (we’re looking at you, Susan Walker from Miracle on 34th Street)! Or you can be more direct for the man in the red suit and leave him a Google voicemail, telling him exactly what you want for Christmas in hopes that somehow, maybe, you can spend your holiday at least deluding yourself into joy!

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Today in Depressing

Sign of the Times: Mall Santas Taking Austerity Measures

From the New York Times comes an article on how even mall Santas are having to step up their game in hard economic times. And we don’t mean using limited seasonal pay to open pensions and 401(k) accounts. Although they do: the adult students of Charles W. Howard Santa Claus school look forward to training on everything from the best way to bleach your hair white, to supporting yourself on seasonal pay, to the history of the modern idea of Santa Claus. But lately, according to the Times, they’ve been swapping stories on how to prepare children for not getting everything they want on Christmas morning, prompted by the worried, pleading looks of their guardians.

Merry Christmas?

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Great Hera!

6 Infamous Superman Beards

Recent set photos from Man of Steel give us a look at Henry Cavill, bedraggled and be-beard-eld, leading many to speculate that Steel‘s Clark Kent is going to be spending healthy chunk of his movie searching for the meaning in his life and super-life. And we could have joined in on the speculation but instead we found ourselves thinking wistfully of all the other times Superman has had a beard and giggling in a way most unbecoming.

We present: Six Infamous Superman Beards.

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