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So What Exactly Is Kwanzaa?

Today is Ujima the third day of Kwanzaa, which is something a lot of people might not know. So what is Kwanzaa? Why is it celebrated? And why don't people know more about it?

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Did the Era of Bad Men Encroach on Your Holidays?

Holidays in the era of Bad Men also forces you make decisions like "Do I just smile and say thank you for the Mario Batali cookbook or do I explain the allegations that definitely came out against him after my relative bought this present for me?"

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Batman Returns: The Christmas Movie We Deserve

In which a savior is born and dies for our sins

Batman Returns is my favorite Batman movie (I didn't say best, I said favorite, so leave your The Dark Knight comments outside before I call Krampus). In addition to it having a very enjoyable balance between dark character drama and campy fun, it is also a delightful Christmas movie. Not only does it take place during the pagan-turned-Christian holiday, it features the birth of a savior.

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A Holiday Reminder to Help Your Hosts With Domestic Labor—It Isn’t a Day Off for Them

Domestic labor is labor. And so, while Christmas might be a work holiday for you, it's not a holiday for whoever's hosting the party. One of the easiest ways to alleviate the host's stress, and to live your feminism while still enjoying yourself, is to help with that domestic labor.

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You Got Through Thanksgiving, So You Deserve Some Supportive and Badass GIFs

Thanksgiving can be an excellent holiday, but it can also be an emotionally draining, really rough day for any number of reasons. For those of you who had to struggle through today, we offer these supportive and badass GIFs. You deserve 'em.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas Review: So Close to Quality Whimsy & Yet So Very Far

2/5 Christmas hams

Buried somewhere inside The Man Who Invented Christmas, there’s a really good movie.

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Elf Recut as a Thriller is the Stuff of Nightmares

Proceed with caution.

What if Elf wasn't the lovable comedy we all insist on watching during the holidays?

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The Spirit of Giving: Where to Donate This Holiday Season

Let’s start 2017 off trying to hold each other up and make things just a little bit better for all of us.

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Monday Cute: Give the Gift of a Cat This Holiday Season

It's the holiday season, which means it's time for cats to play with a bunch of wrapping paper--and perhaps get wrapped themselves!

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6 Tips for Navigating the Holidays When Your Family Is Bigoted

When a sense of despair overshadows normally festive days, how can we hope for comfort and peace–or hope at all?

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Introducing Pumpkin Spice Day, Our New Favorite Meme-Busting, Feminist Holiday

I bought the yummiest, strangest, most obscure and most delicious-looking pumpkin spice products I could find, all in the name of shutting down sexist pumpkin spice memes.

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Get Into the Holiday Spirit With A 59-Foot Gundam Light Show

Oh RX-78-2 statue, Oh RX-78-2 statue/Such pleasure do you bring me!

Tree lightings are so passé. What we need now is a light show projected on a towering 1:1 model of RX-78-2 Gundam made "especially for the winter season."

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A Very Mary Sue Holiday: Our Alternative Holiday Special Picks to Make Your Season Weird

A different kind of gift list—from us to you.

It's Thanksgiving! The start of the holiday season! (For most people. I start mine on November 1, but not everyone's into that for reasons lost on me.) Today, as you stuff your face full of all kinds of delicious food and get ready to knock down someone's grandpa at Walmart at midnight, take a peek at our recommendations for your off-the-beaten-path, geeky, just plain weird, or all-of-the-above holiday viewing.

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TURKEYDOME: The Mary Sue Definitively Ranks Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Highly scientific polling, of course. Spared no expense.

Remember where you are--this is Turkeydome, and hungry mouths are listening, and will take the first dish that screams.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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