This is an evergreen episode of The Cracked Podcast -- and not just because it involves Christmas trees. "Evergreen", in case you don't know, is a media term for stuff that's worth listening to any time after its publication. And on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and his special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are taking a Christmas-sparked look at the overall, global, all-encompassing meaningfulness of holidays. Why does your culture, no matter who you are, spend time and resources and energy on a set of traditions? What are we missing if we get Too Modern to value a break from everyday life? And how can anyone generate a holiday feeling in their own heart, any time of the year?
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Some Extra Holiday-Related Footnotes That Might Interest You
Here is a Dailymotion upload of the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.
There is a Christmas version of "The Monster Mash", made by the same guy, and it is as much of a cash-in as you might expect.
Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations (The Guardian) -- "Inside the 'Christmas village' of Yiwu, there's no snow and no elves, just 600 factories that produce 60% of all the decorations in the world"
A Unified Theory of the Trumps' Creepy Aesthetic (The New Republic) -- a great piece by recent guest David Roth. "The bloodless exorbitance of the White House's Christmas stagecraft reveals a deeper truth about the presidential couple."
Sun Moon Star by Kurt Vonnegut & Ivan Chermayeff -- a fascinating retelling of the Nativity, by the famed novelist and a major graphic designer.
Our goal shouldn't be life, liberty, and the pursuit of ALWAYS FREAKING OUT.
Cash rules everything around you (and in the weirdest ways).
Not all heroes wear capes. Many of them wear their Netflix Binge Sweatpants.
Plus one insane calendar system you're using right now.