Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

A&E | Nov. 5 4:01 pm EST
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XMAS!8 team talks with Spectrum—Part 1

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Spectrum recently caught up with the creative team behind this year’s “XMAS!” show. The show’s plot remains under wraps, but they revealed one possible clue (“flirty”), talked about their favorite parts of the experience, and shared an upcoming collaboration with the Columbia Hillel. It may or may not involve Chinese food.

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The Eye | Dec. 2 10:26 am EST
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Prepare thyself: The holidays are coming

With a week until the start of Hanukkah and about three weeks until Christmas, the holiday season is finally upon us. With finals looming though, it doesn’t feel much like the holidays at all, save those three peppermint mochas you drank to get through Moby Dick–or was that just me? To get y’all more into the holiday spirit, I’ve hand-picked the best videos to revisit around this time of year.

Schweddy Balls: We begin with a perennial favorite from the masterminds at Saturday Night Love. With Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin, and never-not-funny wordplay, this is sure to bring holiday cheer to your Butler sesh. The best way to watch this is to start the video and switch tabs, like you’re actually listening to an NPR show.

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A&E | Nov. 28 6:33 pm EST
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Live-blogging at the Rock’s tree-lighting ceremony

Tonight, while you are cozy in your favorite work procrastination station in Butler, I will be at Rockefeller Center, live blogging the festivities (and still hoping to run into Tina Fey). I’ll also be tweeting @efindz.

Stay tuned for answers to exciting questions like: Can Mariah Carey still sing “All I Want” as well as she did 20 years ago? Will the dichotomy of religion in my childhood manifest itself at this holiest of ceremonies? And will this year’s tree be adorned with 45,000 iPad Minis instead of actual electric lights?

8:58 p.m. Now we light…the tree? Why does it smell like weed?! But what a magnificent tree. And cue the terrifying subway crowds. I just tripped on a fence while writing that. So that will be my sign off. Thanks for reading. And if you’re checking this out later, like the weekend, feel free to make a drinking game out of this and do a shot every time I make an irrelevant pop culture reference. Merry Christmas, Columbia.

8:55 p.m. “Christmas time is in the air again.” So what is in her hair…(again)? This is like prom meets religious imagery meets luau. That’s a frat party theme if I’ve ever heard one.

8:48 p.m. Classic: couples slow dancing / swaying… And the Rockettes do a re-run. More Mariah coming up.

8:39 p.m. Here’s an excerpt of the real lyrics to this song. “He sees the M4 go by. And he knows where to catch the 1. He knows if NJ transit’s closed, and he commutes from Long Island. Oh, you better HopStop, you’d better swipe quick, you’d better make sure you’re not on express. Santa Claus is trying really hard to come to town but there must be some concert or something in Midtown.”

8:37 p.m. Hey, Chris! Chris Mann just waved at me, for those who missed it. He can see me through this building separating us.

8:26 p.m. Rod, you’re back! And your jacket looks like you’re trying to pick up chicks in a cigar lounge.

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Spectrum | Nov. 24 4:12 pm EST
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Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is coming!

Wherever you are over the break, know that New York has left Thanksgiving behind (and so should you). Christmas is just over a month away, and the city is ready! Take a look at these pictures to see what you can expect when you get back.

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Check after the jump for more!

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Opinion | Nov. 14 5:46 pm EST

Don’t ruin Christmas

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Everyone calm down. We all love Christmas time, but I am seeing holiday cheer around campus and on all over Facebook WAY too soon. Here are a few reasons why you should chill out for now:

Thanksgiving: You guys, starting to talk about Christmas now is just plain RUDE to Thanksgiving. It’s already got the short straw because it isn’t on the same day every year, and it doesn’t have any of its own songs (until now, that is). Thanksgiving also has lost pretty much all of its hype to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are both part of the Christmas machine. Can we just focus on the food for now?

I can’t avoid your cheer: You might say, “Katie, just don’t put up your decorations yet. Don’t listen to Christmas carols until after Thanksgiving. Don’t buy Christmas themed items yet.” I would love it if that were possible. But I can’t really make someone take off their Christmas pajamas or make stores take down their premature decorations or make the radio in those stores play tunes lacking sleigh bells. Even the ads on Hulu have got me. Walgreen’s is even putting sleigh bells into “Down On the Corner” in its commercials, a horror for which I truly have no words. More »


Meta | Dec. 24 9:33 am EST
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We’ll be home for Christmas

And because of that, we won’t be updating the blog today or tomorrow. We’ll start posting again on the 27th. Happy holidays to everyone!


A&E | Dec. 15 11:24 am EST

Get in the holiday spirit with MoHi’s seasonal specials

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Walking through Room 209 in Butler, you can see frazzled students in sweats and ponytails clutching those red Starbucks holiday cups while leafing through coffee-stained chemistry notes and well-worn copies of The Iliad. Those iconic cups mean only one thing: the holidays are approaching, and regardless of all the papers you have to write or the finals you need to cram for, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! Check out some neighborhood spots after the jump to see where you can get your holiday fix. More »


Spectrum | Dec. 12 12:12 pm EST
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The 12 days of Christmas at Columbia

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It’s 12:12 p.m. on Dec. 12. Today is the last day of blogging for Spectator’s 135th Managing Board, and we’re in the holiday spirit. Please accept the following gift, from us to you: More »


Opinion | Dec. 6 10:12 pm EST

The many meanings of holiday cheer

For this week’s poll to poll, we want to know your philosophy on decorating for the holidays.


The Eye | Dec. 2 5:11 pm EST

Your December checklist

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Yes, exams are looming. Yes, it’s going to be so cold that you probably won’t want to leave your extra-long twin bed, but these are some December traditions you shouldn’t miss this month:

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