Ken Jennings


December 23, 2008

  1. Department store Santas tend to be jolly old men with beards nowadays, not college-aged temps with padded suits.
  2. When the actress playing Sally adorably stumbles over her lines in A Charlie Brown Christmas. “All I want is wh . . . what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.”
  3. The, uh, climactic finish to Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (now out of print!)
  4. Mindy’s eggnog bread pudding.
  5. Bill Forsyth’s Comfort and Joy, about a Yuletide war between two Glaswegian ice-cream truck companies. “Hello, folks!”
  6. Christmas comics! Carl Barks, Will Eisner, whoever. But stay away from Perry White at the Daily Planet Christmas party, that’s all I know!
  7. The way our tree smells the first week after it’s cut.
  8. When Jimmy Stewart fires the scheming Mr. Vadas at the end of The Shop Around the Corner.
  9. All three versions of “O Come O Come Emmanuel” on Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas EPs
  10. Christmas cards from absent friends. Speaking of Christmas cards, can you decode this one just sent over by Greg and Eric Williams?

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Posted by Ken at 12:14 pm