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Stamford fire chief tears up at house fire that killed ad exec’s family

Acting Fire Chief Antonio Conte teared up yesterday at the scene of a house fire that killed advertising executive Madonna Badger’s three children and retired parents on Christmas morning. “I’ve been on this job 38 years. It’s not an easy day,” he said. “There was so much heat and so…

Woman leaves ex’s engagement ring in Salvation Army kettle

One Salvation Army bell-ringer got a surprise this holiday season: an unknown donor left an engagement ring, wrapped in a note and a 20 dollar bill in her kettle. The note, written on a scrap of flowered paper, read: I haven’t used this in over 7 years. Hope it does…

Bah, humbug! — Scrooge (1935)

This is the 1935 British film version of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol,” and though the special effects may be a bit creaky, it’s probably richer than any other version in the atmosphere of 19th century London. I’ve also got to admit that Marley’s ghost appearing as a face on the door…

Vincent Price retells ‘The Christmas Carol’

The special effects aren’t much, but you have to admire the way the phrase “Marley was dead” rolls off Price’s tongue. This video is from the Moving Image Archive.…

Holiday music from The Year Without a Santa Claus

Snow Miser and Heat Miser strut their stuff in the 1974 stop-motion animated TV special.…

Holiday Movie: ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’

There are b-movies and c-movies and then there’s this holiday confection, “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” The title alone should tell you everything you need to know about how seriously this 1964 release takes itself. We file this one under “So bad, it’s good.” Actually, make that under “So bad,…

Retro Holiday Pleasure: ‘Your Hit Parade’ from Christmas Eve, 1955

Originally broadcast on Saturday, December 24 of 1955, this Christmas Eve edition of NBC’s “Your Hit Parade” features the top tunes of the day performed by the show’s cast and brought to you by Lucky Strike and Richard Hudnut, the makers of Quick, “the new home permanent with a ten-minute…

The Story of Festivus (from ‘Seinfeld’)

And now, a “Know Your Meme” moment. If hearing your friends talking at this time of year about the annual “Airing of the Grievances” and the “Feats of Strength” leaves you confused, you should watch this video from the “Strike” episode of the sitcom “Seinfeld” which tells “The Story of…

‘Ed Show’ helps find home for Rex, the ‘Republican-hating’ dog

On Thursday, MSNBC’s The Ed Show featured Rex, a stray beagle who bays and howls whenever he hears Republicans speaking. Blogs and media outlets from Mediaite to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze featured stories about the “Republican-Hating” pup, although host Ed Schultz assures us that Rex doesn’t “hate” Republicans, but is…

Sanity Break: ‘The 12 Gays of Christmas’

This video, embedded via YouTube, features the 12 male dancers of the Rockettes’ annual Radio City Music Hall spectacular in a lighthearted send-up of the English carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” One caveat, from the YouTube description, “DISCLAIMER: Those appearing in this video are not necessarily of the gay…

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