Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Things to do on the Longest Day of the Year

As far as I'm concerned, the summer solstice can't touch Christmas Eve when it comes to being the longest day of the year. After all, we're not sitting around in the middle of June waiting for Santa to come down our chimneys (or heating vents!) to deliver presents. We are not waiting for that magical moment on Christmas morning when all of us locally based Santas get to see the joy on the faces of our friends and family. So what's a geek to do? How about keeping busy with these videos, websites, and games!

My favorite source for Christmas videos online is this list of 101 classic Christmas videos. The list contains everything from classic Christmas cartoons, to Christmas episodes of a number of sitcoms, to Christmas music videos. I think I will watch the Seinfeld Festivus episode later today. If you can't find what you want there, try Hulu. They have 138 full episodes of TV shows which are tagged Christmas. If you missed A Muppets Christmas Special: Letters to Santa last week, Hulu's your chance to watch it.

If gaming is more your thing, check out Christmasville at Big Fish Games. Big Fish's claim to fame is that they release a new game each day. Some are winners, some are not so great. The thing I love about the site is that almost all games offer a 1 hour free trial. So for no money at all you can spend an hour helping private detective Arthur Knight search for Santa. If you do decide to buy the game, be sure to use their coupon code HOLIDAY2008 (good through 2008) for half off the price.

"The Night Before Christmas" is my favorite piece of short Christmas reading. I don't actually have a paper copy of the story. That's no problem at all though, as it is featured on a number of websites. I particularly like this one, as the ending has been preserved. In modern versions of the poem, the last line is often changed from "Happy Christmas to all..." to "Merry Christmas to all...". I like the original one best. This would also be a great time to read more about "The Night Before Christmas" on its Wikipedia page.

Don't forget to keep an eye on the big guy in the red coat on Norad Tracks Santa! As I type this, he is in Wulumunqi, China. It looks like it's going to be quite a while before he gets to my house! Don't forget to check out their "How We Track Santa" page.

As I leave you with these holiday offerings, I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas. May all of your Christmases be merry and bright, happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!