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Dec 22, 2011

I Went to the Christmas Story House! Check Out My Photos :)

created at: 12/21/2011

Last March, while visiting friends in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, my friend casually remarked, under his breath, with a bit of scorn, "Oh, and there's the A Christmas Story house." 

"Excuse me? Did you say the Christmas Story house?"

"Yeah," he replied, "people actually line up to go there."

"You mean, you can actually line up to go there? And see it?" 

People have different priorities, I guess. But I knew my gift to myself (well, to my relationship) come December was determined, and last weekend I went. And it was incredible. 

Couple that with some very freshly fallen snow, and a very, very good meal at a Michael Symon restaurant, and a Christmas day in Cleveland is about as festive as it gets.

Wanna see what it looks like?… read more

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Dec 21, 2011

How to: Make a DIY Snow Machine

If you're longing for a white Christmas*, but Mother Nature and St. Nick don't seem to getting along this year, try your hand at creating your own snowmaker from stuff you can find at the the hardware… read more

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Dec 21, 2011

How To: Make a Gift Wrap Satchel from an Old Shirt

created at: 12/21/2011

This is the year I vowed to buy no gift wrap, no ribbon, and no tape, and promised myself I'd use up the scraps from previous years, and make the rest. 

I ran out of tape yesterday, but have kept my promise so far, though I'm running low. Perhaps I'll hit the closet and check out this fascinating "furoshiki" - a gift wrap… read more

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Dec 21, 2011

A Brief History of Santa Claus

created at: 12/21/2011

CGP Grey, the clever guy who brought us "What Are Continents and How Many Are There?" and "What is Daylight Savings Time and Why Do We Observe It?' sets his sights on St. Nick, exploring a brief history of Santa Claus, or rather Father Christmas and St. Nicholas, and the amalgamation they begat.

created at: 12/21/2011

Click play to watch this fascinating video. It's three minutes very… read more

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Dec 21, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 21, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

2011 saw some major eruptions by some of the world's biggest active volcanoes. The Atlantic features some amazing photographs capturing the steam, ash, toxic gases, and… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

8 Holiday Beers that Are Worth a Try

created at: 12/20/2011

I love a seasonal beer. My first question upon sitting down at any pub or restaurant is always, "What are your current seasonals on tap." Often, it's the only way to try something new in all but the most beer-centric of establishments.

Well, except for the winter. I'll try nearly anything in the fall, do my best to get in all the summer seasonals I can, but until a few years ago, I tended to stick with the year-round standards. Perhaps its just cause it's twenty degrees out, but I tend to find most Christmas-y beers a bit too...Christmas-y. First, nearly all winter seasonals are ales (as that's when those yeasts could traditionally ferment), and most American microbrews really, really pile on the hops, which I find to be unbalanced. And secondly, "Christmas ales" are seriously spiced, like a cookie, and I tend to appreciate a beer that tastes like beer, not… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

How to: Make Star Wars Snowflakes (Free Templates Included)

created at: 12/20/2011

Yep, these are likely on every craft/handmade/DIY/geek/tech/anything blog this season...but that's for good reason. That being: they're freaking… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

Holiday Hack: One Basic Dough Recipe, Endless Christmas Cookies

The stockings are hung, the plums are sugared, and you're well on your way to getting all those gifts wrapped. Now it's time for the real fun to begin, and by "real fun," I mean...cookies. 

Of course, "Cookie recipes are just about infinite, because almost anything can be shaped into a circle and baked... But the basic cookie contains three key ingredients: butter, flour and sugar. That combination has not been bettered, and it can be varied in so many ways that, really, it’s the only recipe… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

Tactical Christmas Stockings?

created at: 12/18/2011

While these tactical Christmas stockings don't exactly say "Merry Christmas" to me the way a hand-knit red and green stocking does, I'll just say "to each their own".… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

The 100 Best Songs of 2011

Okay... I know. Anytime you start making "best of" lists, you're tredding into dangerous territories. No single list could possibly cover the breadth of music releases, critics are always biased, etc, etc.

Got it. But, if there's anyone who you can actually trust to share, explore, and digest the full spectrum of a year's releases, it's the people that made this… read more

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