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Happy New Year from PCHA and The Boss

and…

Time marches on.

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Merry Christmas, Bitches

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The Subtext of Frosty the Snowman

Last year around this time, we looked beyond the clay as we examined that children’s classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This year, it’s the Man in White’s turn. We turn our attention from Burl Ives to Jimmy Durante as we search for the true meaning of Frosty the Snowman.

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In Case You Weren’t Adequately Excited for Christmas

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The Top Ten Christmas Songs Ever

This time of year is notable for two things: the holidays and making pointless lists on the Internet.

Let’s combine the two, and count down the best Christmas songs of all time.

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The Subtext of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

With all apologies to Charlie Brown and Linus’s “Yay, Jesus” speech, CBS aired my favorite holiday special last week, and I watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in full for probably the 30th time in my life (there were a few lost years there where I turned away from God and lost the spirit of Christmas).

This time, though, I noticed a few hidden messages I hadn’t tapped into before. Now, others have claimed that Rudolph represents communism or the Red Scare (because of the red nose, you see), but I’m not buying it. There’s no chance a show debuting in 1964 would have risked carrying a pro-commie message.

So what is Rudolph really all about? Let’s take a look-see.

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Whither Pikachu?

The AV Club ran an inventory this week of obscure balloons that appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade long beyond their pop culture relevance. If you’ve been wondering why the Cheesasaurus Rex and Eddie Cantor balloons aren’t part of the annual gala anymore, well, you’re probably alone, but you can get the answers there.

But what about the balloons still in the parade? Which ones have staying power and which ones will become tomorrow’s Izzy, mascot for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics?

We place odds on who will stay and who will go…after the jump.

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