Friday Links

Lots of ugly Christmas sweaters, plus instructions for making your own.

In the Christmas In Other Cultures category, here’s a Klingon Christmas Carol. Also, how to have a British ChristmasSweden’s bizarre tradition of watching Donald Duck (Kalle Anka) cartoons on Christmas Eve, Strange Christmas Traditions Around the World, and why Japan is Obsessed with Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas.

My personal favorite Christmas story: ’Twas the Overnight Before Christmas: The Merry Tale of How Air Cargo Deregulation Led To Amazon.

The origin of the myth of the poisonous poinsettia. Related, why we kiss under the mistletoe and how the plant got that strange name (spoiler – it literally means “dung twig”).

Fifteen harsh things critics said about ’The Nutcracker After Its 1892 Premiere and 15 Fun facts about fruitcake.

ICYMI, Tuesday’s links are here, and include some extremely awkward Christmas photos, epic movie/TV-inspired gingerbread houses, the pre-Seinfeld origins of Festivus, and strange hybrid animals.

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