Articles tagged christmas

Unhappy Holidays? Conflicts, Contradictions and the Ghosts of Christmas Music Past and Present

How do we reconcile the joyous holiday season with a nagging sensation that it might not be as jolly as it should be?

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6 Dec 2010 // 9:59 PM

Sonos: December Songs

How many versions of "O Holy Night" do YOU own?

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The Superions: Destination… Christmas!

My reluctance to enjoy this album may prove that I lack a sense of humor. If that's true, Fred Schneider’s Christmas music killed it.

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28 Nov 2010 // 9:57 PM

Indigo Girls: Holly Happy Days

Fear not, skeptics of holiday music: it gets better!

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24 Dec 2009 // 3:02 AM

The Ten Best Holiday Episodes

A countdown of the 10 best holiday themed TV episodes

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Santa Claus: Super Hero Icon and Religious Figure

Kris Kringle has flesh-and-blood status and is a religious secular figure. He is Superman, Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, Gandalf the White, James Bond, Dr. Who and James T. Kirk all rolled into one.

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Carla Bley: Carla’s Christmas Carols

These beautifully arranged pieces place this among the really enjoyable and surprising Christmas albums.

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Merry Sitcom: Christmas Classics From TV’s Golden Age

The overarching theme among these stories is an often unacknowledged tension between affluent postwar consumer culture and a more austere mode of living.

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30 Nov 2008 // 6:02 AM

Christmastime and the new year send television into overdrive with specials and holiday-themed episodes. What stands out? Here’s a look at noteworthy programs and

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Loreena McKennitt: A Midwinter Night’s Dream

On this Christmas album, the courtliness seems unnecessarily flowery.

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18 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Cold Season

Just when you start worrying about the state of American movies, and wondering whether the business is going to swandive into irrelevance, along comes something as vital and jolting as Frozen River.

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Various: Think Global: World Christmas

More like an adventurous sampler of interesting, sometimes surprising, songs rather than just a Christmas album.

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Jars of Clay: Christmas Songs

Christmas Songs is refuge from the bombast of the season, a perfectly subtle slice of Heaven.

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Various Artists: Slow Jams for Christmas

Recipe for a romantic Christmas -- light the candles, pop the bubbly, hang the mistletoe, and play this CD.

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

Low: Christmas

I admit it. I am a holiday music fanatic. Each year, I roam the stores in search of the perfect Christmas record. But this year

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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