Every year around this time, publishers across the webiverse race to create the most fascinating Christmas content in hopes of driving a few more visits for the holidays.
Some of it blows your stockings off…while others leave you feeling empty as Santa’s sleigh in July.
1. How Different Age Groups Celebrate Christmas
Christmas has an evolution of its own. We go from playing with the boxes the gifts come in, to waking up at the crack of dawn, to sleeping in past lunch on this glorious holiday. The Oatmeal captured the evolution perfectly.
2. 20 Incredible Gingerbread Houses
Ivillage scoured the internet for the top Gingerbread houses and curated them here. The Victorian gingerbread house above took over 3,400 lbs of honey, flour, chocolate, powdered sugar and egg whites.
3. Darth Vader Conducts Christmas Choir
Nothing screams Christmas “fear” more than Darth Vader leading a flash mob of carolers. The guitar intro alone is worth checking out this video clip.
4. Kids Adorably Screwing Up in Christmas Pageants
This compilation of different pageant videos is hilarious, but my personal favorite is the second one from which I snapped this picture. The kid in the middle with his hand on his head cracks me up.
He wants the musical number to go well, but for some reason, these other kids can’t time their numbers right.
5. Cats Hate Christmas
This collection of cats “enjoying” the Holidays is purfect! Seriously, we all know how much the internet loves cats, if you have a similar taste, check this out.
6. A Marvel Christmas Story
The folks at draw2d2 take two “geek” references and mash them up to create some creative original artwork. This week they decided on Marvel and A Christmas Story. I have to say it looks like a success. You can find the full gallery by clicking the picture above.
7. A Tribute to Calvin and Hobbes Snowmen Death Scenes
Who can forget the creative ways Calvin depicted snow men dying in the beloved Calvin and Hobbes newspaper strip. A fan took that and filmed this exceptional piece of work.
8. 80 Examples of Snow Photography to Freeze Your Screen
If you have one of those picture frames that rotates through pictures as you have family in town, this could be your one stop source for some extra holiday cheer.
9. Jimmy Kimmel Gets Parents to Give Kids Lousy Presents
Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween challenge was a huge success, so when Christmas came around it only made sense that he would go for one more challenge.
This time, tell your kids they can open a gift early, but make it something horrible. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you think of the reactions.
10. 14 Recipes for Christmas Sweets
It’s not Christmas until you have the treats that go along with it. This collection was exceptionally tasty looking.
11. Video: ‘Singing’ House Plays ‘Carol of the Bells’ for Christmas
Carol of the Bells is a classic, but it only gets better when you time it with Christmas lights.
12. From a Jew: America Can Ignore Hanukkah. It Needs Christmas.
This was a fascinating viewpoint on Christmas from a Jew’s perspective. What’s his reasoning? “It’s the holiday of the majority and has become America’s festival of hope and charity.
13. Should You Buy That Gift
Doing some last minute shopping? Use this infographic to decide, “Should you really buy that gift?”
14. Make Your Own Star Wars Snowflakes
Star Wars and Christmas make perfect sense right? Well, these instructions for making Star Wars Snowflakes certainly impressed me.
15. Snowflake Workshop
Now that you have some directions for some awesome Star Wars snowflakes, why not make them with this handy website.
16. Let it Snow
Type in “let it snow” on Google’s site and you will have a pleasant result. If you live in a desert like me, this may be the closest to snow you’ll get this Christmas.
18. The Christmas Can-Can
Acapella meets Christmas in this fascinating mix of holiday music and performance.
19. Christmas Dinner Around the Globe
Christmas dinner means many things to many people. Here’s a scrumptious look at the holiday dish according to different countries.
20. Pimp My Snow Man
Don’t have snow to make your favorite man of snow? The team at tictocfamily created this excellent web app to allow you to deck out your own snow man from any internet connection.
21. The True Meaning of Christmas… According to Christmas Movies
What do movies like Rudolph, Home Alone, and The Santa Claus teach us? Maybe not what we first expected.
22. 12 Christmas Traditions From Around the World
Goats, marriage rituals, and Kentucky Fried Chicken are all parts of Christmas traditions depending on what country you come from.
23. Is it Christmas?
In case you were wondering…just click this link.
24. Talking Porcupine Wishes You a Merry Christmas
This was both cute and creepy. Couldn’t say I could ever connect porcupines to Christmas before this. Now I can.
25. Awesome Snowman Tree
Why not combine Christmas Trees and Snowmen? Not a bad idea.
26. Official NORAD Santa Tracker
How does Santa make it to all those homes Christmas Eve night? Now you can track his location on Goolge Earth, participate in daily activities as you count down the days, or enjoy the entertaining videos with your kids.
27. Super-Nerdy Snow Sculptures
This crashed AT-AT snow sculpture is just the first of several nerdy snow sculptures. Click for more.
28. Interactive Angry Birds Christmas Light Display
If you are a fan of this addicting game, give this video a look. Quite impressive.
29. How to Make a 3D Paper Snowflake
Is the craft bug biting you this season? This site provides excellent step by step details on how to make this elegant snow flake.
30. Puppy Christmas
Want to make your Christmas cuter? This video should satisfy that desire in about 3 seconds.
31. Elf Yourself
If you enjoy sticking your head in those wooden murals to see what you look like as Superman or the Little Mermaid, then this site was designed just for you. Take your pictures and see what you look like as an elf in just a few seconds.
32. A Very Kardashian Christmas
I may not understand the appeal of the Kardashian family, but she is one of the most Googled people. Their Christmas card made all the headlines. What do you think?
33. The Commerce of Christmas
How much do we spend, when do we do our shopping, and where do we shop are just a few of the questions addressed in this festive infographic.
34. A Book Lover’s Christmas
35. The 10 Ornaments on Your Christmas Tree
We all have the ornaments that we can’t throw out, doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas, or any of the other ones illustrated here.
36. 60 Beautiful Christmas Photoshop Tutorials
Want to get a hang of Photoshop? Smashing Magazine provides some holiday tutorials to get you on your way.
37. A Look at Santas from Around the World
Santa isn’t always the jolly, fat, old man us Americans imagine him to be. Find out how other cultures picture Old Saint Nick in this infographic.
38. Hilariously Tacky Christmas Sweaters
If you find bad taste fascinating or humorous, this is for you.
39. 7 Crazy Christmas Light Displays
The Christmas display phenomena has caught on and spread like the winter flu. Here is a collection of some of the best, including this Guitar Hero inspired design.
40. 101 Days to Christmas
If you are looking for activities to keep your kids busy leading up to Christmas, this site is your solution. With 101 ideas and activities it will be hard for your kids to tell you “they’re bored.”
Have I Missed Any?
Everyday hundreds of new videos, photos, and sites are uploaded to the web. If you’ve seen something that belongs in this gallery I’d be happy to add it. Share in the comments below.
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