Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

The Christmas season can be defined by its traditions–picking out the perfect tree, baking batches of Christmas cookies and, of course, an annual trip to see the “Nutcracker.” Just because you aren’t at home for the holiday season doesn’t mean that you have to miss out! The Civic Center recently put on its annual production of the Nutcracker.

For those of you who didn’t spend their childhood Christmases witnessing the classic ballet, the story follows a young girl, Clara, who was given a nutcracker by her mystical godfather (if the production stays true to last year’s performance, you’ll be able to spot the uncle wearing an always attractive eye patch). When she goes to bed, the nutcracker grows to full-size and thus erupts a night of Christmas enchantment (pardon the cheese). Classic songs include the “Dance of Sugar Plum Fairies,” “Chinese Tea” and, of course, the “Nutcracker Suite.”

Christmas classics like the “Nutcracker” are such a warm and fuzzy way to celebrate the holidays, especially during the weeks of finals and endless homework. (I know, I know, I can barely take the cheesiness of this post–the holidays are getting to me).

The show was put on by the Syracuse City Ballet (formerly the Upstate NY Ballet). But, if you missed Syracuse’s short run of the show, fret not. The “Nutcracker” has countless productions across the country, and there are always the films–but let’s face it, seeing it live is always better.

-Diana Pearl

The title says it all. But wait–there’s more!

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Between Lady Gaga’s Thanksgiving holiday special, her holiday EP and her holiday workshop at Barney’s in New York City, she sure does have the holiday spirit. None of us really are surprised though at Gaga’s attempt to devote the entire holiday season to herself. When Gaga does something, she goes big or goes home.

Her Thanksgiving special aired on ABC on Thanksgiving night and was a 90-minute primetime event featuring a special appearance from Tony Bennett. The special, titled “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving,” took the scene of a typical jazz bar or diners with a singer providing the entertainment–except Gaga was the performer and her guests were her closest friends and family. To our surprise though, the special was not in true Gaga costume nature.

On top of the Thanksgiving special, Gaga has decided to release some of her holiday favorites performed live that evening on a mini EP titled “A Very Gaga Holiday.” The four-track EP will all be vocals taken from the Thanksgiving special recordings.


Juliet, my 5-year-old cousin, beating me in the annual Easter egg hunt.

Juliet, my 5-year-old cousin, beating me in the annual Easter egg hunt.

Easter isn’t exactly my most favorite of holidays to begin with, needless to say I turn into a super drama queen when something goes slightly askew.

Birthdays are awesome because they come with presents and cake, Christmas means time spent baking cookies and listening to James Stewart’s unmistakeable accent as George Bailey, but Easter isn’t filled with the same initial excitement. Sure, chocolate bunnies and Peeps are something to look forward to, but I don’t really see what all the fuss is about.

I clearly woke up on the wrong side of the bed this past Sunday morning, because while running on 4.5 hours of sleep I proceeded to have one of the worst Easters ever. Here are 6 reasons why my 2010 Easter didn’t rock: (more…)

I’m not quite sure how this YouTube video escaped us this past holiday season–but rather late than never. Thanks to Dave Woody, future Jerk Blogger, for the heads up.

~Krystie Yandoli, Blog Editor

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"Would you like to see my sack of presents?"

Congratulations to Matt Allyn who wrote the winning naked Santa caption on our Facebook page!

And kudos to Khurram Ansari Mehtabdin, who won 2nd place with this gem:

“I’ll slide through your chimney real good tonight.”

Both are truly disturbing and hilarious. Click here to read all the caption submissions.

Happy Holidays,


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Happy holidays, y’all!


“Looks like a Christmas tree.” 

-Buddy the Elf