Latest Holiday


The XX Covers Wham’s “Last Christmas” [Listen]

Indie-pop sensation, The XX, has gone pop. Well, sorta. The London based band has released a cover of Wham!’s “Last Christmas” as a free download through SoundCloud. (DL link has since been removed, but the […]


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Christmas Video

The holiday season is fertile ground for visual drama. Families and friends gather, often for the first time in months, and everybody is supposed to be having fun. Often not everyone gets the holiday memo […]


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My Best Christmas Presents Ever

Our family always exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve, after going out to eat at a restaurant. Christmas Day was reserved for church and dinner with the relatives. I don’t remember every present, but I loved […]


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2013 Favorite Off The Sled Holiday Songs

Every December most of us pull out the ol’ box labeled “Holidays,”  which is also the title of a song by the Bee Gees that pays homage to the festive days ahead. In that box […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 90: The Blind Staggers, Scott Lucas & The Married Men, Christkindlmarket Chicago

The weekend before Xmas.  Yeah, it’s coming up on us pretty quickly.  Remember when you were a kid?  Did anything seem as long as the first twenty-four days of December?  As we age, though, that […]



A Playful Comparison of The Original and Slowed Down “The Chipmunk Song” [Listen]

Not until the Barking Dogs performed Jingle Bells had there been a more polarizing Christmas song than Alvin and The Chipmunks’ “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” “The Chipmunk Song” won 3 Grammy’s in 1959 […]


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Gregg Allman, The National & Stephen Colbert Perform ‘Silver Bells’ [Watch]

Give Stephen Colbert a chance to sing and he’s all over it.  This week on The Colbert Report it’s “Christmas Carol Week” and Stephen was joined last night by a bit of an unlikely pairing, […]



Holiday Shopping Done Yet?

Having fun shopping? Ready to let someone take over? I am one of those insane folks that actually enjoys shopping to buy gifts for my friends and family. I know it’s not the most meaningful […]


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10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Holiday In Chicago

Ah, the holidays in the city. While ice skating in Millennium Park and parading past the windows at Marshall Field’s Macy’s is endearing for a year or two, you’re soon itching to discover the hidden […]