Friday, November 11, 2011

Welcome to the Kitschmas Advent Calendar 2011! T-44 Days ... and Counting!!!

Well, it looks like SOMEBODY'S happy! :) Good evening, boys and girls, and WELCOME to the 2011 edition of the Kitschmas Advent Calendar (or the K.A.C., as it is fondly known ...) - if you're a long-time reader, you know the drill - if you're new to this, our obligatory introduction is in order.

     The K.A.C. started a few years ago as a computer wallpaper contest between myself and my work-study students, as to who could find the absolute oddest holiday-themed wallpaper. There were some doozies, with my favorite being the "Gary Coleman and Mr. T Christmas"!

     As most of my original students had graduated and gone on to better things, I would hear back from them about the contest, and we would continue to email new oddities as we found them. So in 2008 I decided to expand it from just wallpaper to daily links to odd stories, photos, traditions, etc. - and opened it up to some of my other friends to share in the goofiness. The starting date coincided with the day that a local radio station started playing Christmas and Holiday Music around the clock 24/7 (which, for four years running now, began on Veteran's Day!) ... from Santa's Grotty Grotto to the simultaneous Best AND Worst Holiday Wallpaper of 2008 (of presents opening children for Christmas!), it (hopefully) lessened the stress of the season and gave everyone a good laugh.

     In 2009 the K.A.C. went from local to global, jumping on the Internet Superhighway via my Conjure Cinema blog (which you're reading now ... if you want to see the past two years' worth of madness, check out my 2009 and 2010 blog entries). If you’re reading this today, you know what that means … yep, the 24-hour, round-the-clock, non-stop Holiday Music has reared it’s Tinsel-ly Head once more, at not ONE, but TWO Boston stations, WROR 105.7FM and WODS 103.3FM. Did I mention I play it round-the-clock in my office, as well?

So without further ado, let’s open the first door on our countdown to Christmas and what to our wondering eyes should appear but …

      This year's edition of Creepy Christmas Cards! Believe me, this is FAR from the worst ... especially when  you consider the Clown card, the Star Wars card and that most heinous card of all ... the Bad Sweater Christmas card! Take a deep breath and click on the link ...

     So check back every day from now until December 25th as I count down the days with my own brand of Mirthful Madness --- as usual, we'll have our perennial favorites - from Ominous Ornaments to Confused Christmas Cinema, from Bizarre Holiday Traditions to Santa Scams and MORE - including the 2011 Image of the Year ... will it top last year's "joyful joy" entry (see November 29, 2010, in case you forgot)?  Only one way to find out! Check back tomorrow for our NEXT entry! Last but not least, remember this is YOUR K.A.C. as well, so if you stumble across something to share, send it along!

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