As 2010 winds to a close, Reason wishes everybody happy holidays and a great new year. Since we're officially off tomorrow and Friday, we thought we'd start the nog-bong a bit earlier than usual.
Here's a small selection of past Christmas/holiday videos and writings for you to while away the last few hours of the week. Watch, tweet, repeat. And if you don't, then go get boiled in some plum pudding and buried with a sprig of holly through your heart! Or get stuck watching White House Christmas videos, a genre that has been ruled the legal equivalent of torture.
First up is this year's offering, "A Joe Biden (War on) Christmas," which many early viewers took seriously (really, read the comments at our YouTube channel and then be very, very afraid for the future of your country).
Last year, we rolled out "Be Happy! Why this is the best holiday season ever," which didn't perplex viewers, though it enraged more than its fair share with its upbeat celebration of continuous toy improvement (CTI). Those of us who remember shock-tastic electric football games (clearly, the origin of today's over-the-top touchdown celebrations stem from the St. Vitus Dance-like gyrations of players too close to the corner of the field with the vibrator in it!) will beg to differ.
For some reason no one can quite remember, we skipped an actual Christmas video in 2008, though we did feature Christopher Hitchens at our Very Special, Very Secular Christmas Party in 2007, where the author of, most recently, Hitch-22, led the crowd in a dramatic reading and dolorous sing-along of Tom Lehrer's "Christmas Carol." Mr. Potter never treated George Bailey as tough as Hitchens' treats Santa Claus below.
Then there are the stories, the good old-fashioned writings we've produced over the years. Highlights include:
2008's "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding: What's so funny about Christmas as a secular holiday," by Jacob Sullum.
2008's "Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa is Over," by Michael C. Moynihan.
2008's "The Fight Before Christmas: Why the War on Christmas is even less winnable than the War on Drugs," by Greg Beato.
2006's "Oy, Tannebaum: You've got your Christmas in my Chanukah," by Jacob Sullum.
2005's "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: The War on Christmas is over. Guess who won," by Jesse Walker.
2004's "The True Spirit of Xmas: How 4/5 of the country became an oppressed minority," by Julian Sanchez.
And for a holiday-themed buzz-kill that remains as relevant as it did when it ran in 2005, check out "Who Grew Your Tree?: If you like Christmas, thank an immigrant," by Jesse James DeConto and me, which calls attention to the hard-hearted and misguided immigration laws of these United States.
For readers employed by the TSA and other jobs with lots of down-time where concentration and attention really aren't required, check out every mention of Christmas at Reason.com by going here.