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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


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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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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Mass Hysteria: Dogs & Cats Eating Holiday Dinner Together

Our invitation must have gotten lost in the mail.

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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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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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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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