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Title: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2011, 01:16:54 PM
Ah winter time is here, a time for fellowship and eggnog, a time for mistletoe and wine and time for rusty chains and birch branches if you’re naughty. This time of year has so many colourful characters that I think should be celebrated and a few of you agree with me on that. :)

Here's how it works: You were asked to send me a list of your 25 favourite winter holiday characters of all time. The list was open to all sorts of characters, from those who lurk in our long forgotten dark and scary past to stop motion members of the sub-family Capreolinae. 12 ballots were received, and characters were ranked on a point system allowing 25 points for a #1 choice, 24 for a #2, and all the way down to 1 point for #25. The points were added up, and what follows are your selections.

Tiebreakers work like such: If two characters have equal points, the show that appeared on the most lists ranks higher. If those characters appeared on the same amount of lists, I went with whatever ranked highest on the individual list. A show that was someone's #4 beats another person's #6, for example. Then if they still were tied I just picked.*
Since it is a documented fact that blokes who don’t have much hair on their head are generally utterly clueless about the festive season I’ve enlisted the help of a renowned expert in the field of the meaning of winter holidays. I’ve also invited commentary from an entity who has a deep and personal familiarity with this time of the year.

So, let’s get to the first of our 51 entries** shall we?

And while I’m creating the first post let’s listen to a song about the reason for the season shall we?

http://www.youtube.com/v/6qcPS-J0HTg

*As this is a time of traditions I’m going back to the original criteria.
** There was a tie right at the bottom of the list so I thought I’d be inclusive and allow both (it’s in keeping with the season)

Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 19, 2011, 01:29:01 PM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2011, 01:31:24 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#51 - Sam the Snowman
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure, I can tell you all about Sam the Snowman

Lights, please: Sam the Snowman is a character from the Rankin/Bass special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Sam serves as the special's narrator, telling the story and performing songs with the accompaniment of his banjo, and inviting the audience to "pull up an iceblock and lend an ear."
He was the first of many Rankin/Bass narrators, usually caricatures of their celebrity voice actors. In this case, Sam possesses Burl Ives' trademark beard and girth. Unlike many of the later narrators, Sam exists entirely outside of the main plot events, relating an item of past history but never interacting with the other characters (although he does mention that he told Hermey and Yukon Cornelius where to find Rudolph when they returned to the North Pole).
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http://www.youtube.com/v/WBQecrgUTBE

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 19, 2011, 01:36:31 PM

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 :D

Krampus' Kommentary Korner rules!

Seeing Sam the Snowman on TV and hearing Ives' pipes always let me know exactly what time of year it was.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2011, 01:38:21 PM
I actually owed that snowman in the vid, it was left to my mother when I moved. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 19, 2011, 01:50:55 PM

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 :D

Krampus' Kommentary Korner rules!

Agreed! Hooray for Krampus!
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2011, 01:52:45 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#50 - Good King Wenceslas
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Good King Wenceslas

Lights, please: Good King Wenceslas is a popular Christmas carol about a king who goes out to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (the second day of Christmas, December 26). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king's footprints, step for step, through the deep snow. The legend is based on the life of the historical Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (907–935), known in the Czech language as Svatý Václav.
In 1853, English hymnwriter John Mason Neale wrote the "Wenceslas" lyrics, in collaboration with his music editor Thomas Helmore, and the carol first appeared in Carols for Christmas-Tide, 1853 Neales' lyrics were set to a tune based on a 13th century spring carol "Tempus adest floridum" ("The time is near for flowering") first published in the 1582 Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.
Wenceslas was considered a martyr and a saint immediately after his death, when a cult of Wenceslas grew up in Bohemia and in England. Within a few decades of Wenceslas's death four biographies of him were in circulation. These hagiographies had a powerful influence on the High Middle Ages conceptualization of the rex justus, or "righteous king"—that is, a monarch whose power stems mainly from his great piety, as well as from his princely vigor.
Referring approvingly to these hagiographies, the chronicler Cosmas of Prague, writing in about the year 1119, states:
But his deeds I think you know better than I could tell you; for, as is read in his Passion, no one doubts that, rising every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, he went around to God’s churches and gave alms generously to widows, orphans, those in prison and afflicted by every difficulty, so much so that he was considered, not a prince, but the father of all the wretched.
Several centuries later the legend was claimed as fact by Pope Pius II, who himself also walked ten miles barefoot in the ice and snow as an act of pious thanksgiving.
Although Wenceslas was, during his lifetime, only a duke, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I posthumously "conferred on [Wenceslas] the regal dignity and title" and that is why, in the legend and song, he is referred to as a "king".The usual English spelling of Duke Wenceslas's name, Wenceslaus, is occasionally encountered in later textual variants of the carol, although it was not used by Neale in his version. Wenceslas is not to be confused with King Wenceslaus I of Bohemia (Wenceslaus I Premyslid), who lived more than three centuries later.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/N5E8CXQwtrg

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2011, 01:54:46 PM
Okay so I'll try to do more of these later (I want to be done by the 24th) but I have to go make some dinner right now and there are things I might need to do after that. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 19, 2011, 02:00:02 PM
Now that I looked it up, Krampus is awesome. And I would have put him on my list if I had known.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 19, 2011, 02:11:35 PM
Well, if you're interested, the Krampus has a tumblr (http://thekrampus.tumblr.com/).
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2011, 03:01:22 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#49 - Santa Christ
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Santa Christ

Lights, please: Robert Walker dressed up as "Santa Christ" for the Christmas 2009 videos with The Nostalgia Critic and has subsequently made appearances here and there. Basically he's a combination of both Christmas icons: Santa Claus and Jesus Christ. He also played a pivotal role in the Kickassia movie. He gives presents to everyone since he knows what people want and does MANY great things like hanging out with Mr. T, making pancakes and generally being a jovial guy.

The origin goes like this. From the words of Rob himself: "Doug was finishing up his Ernest Saves Christmas Review and asked me if I wanted to play what could possibly be the most loved character on the site. I said I was intrigued and told him pompously to “Go on.” He said it would be a combination of the two most lovable Christmas icons – Santa Claus and Jesus Christ, to create some sort of perfect, lovable, super character. Needless to say, I liked it. By being disguised under heavy costume, it tapped into my M.O. of always being a “character” behind the scenes. So I said, “Do lemmings like cliffs? Sure!” And the rest was history. In retrospect, though, we shelved the idea until the Star Wars Christmas special because it worked better.

Although Doug and I co-write most NC things, the concept was mostly his. Though, I think we both took inspiration from ACE RIMMER, the fictional character from Red Dwarf who’s the personification of all that is good and perfect – a badass saving the galaxy one second and reading to orphans the next. I have a theory that’s where most of the song lyrics came from. Yes, by the way, I do love pancakes.

The character performance was based on three sources. The first two are pretty obvious. I based them on South Park’s portrayal of Jesus Christ and Santa Claus. Really, the character is just a combination of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s interpretations of those two icons basically rolled into one. I totally love their version of Jesus Christ because he is such a legitimately “nice guy.” And their version of Santa manages to be both jolly, laughable, authoritative, and just a tad messed up when pushed too far. The third inspiration was my Grandpa, who had this sardonic, booming voice, and a sarcastic way of saying things when he was being a smart ass or annoyed. That side of Santa Christ comes out whenever I get kind of snippy, like when talking to Lindsay in the Kickassia series, or when shrugging and handing people a Sega Genesis like, “Whatever.” I’m basically just doing my childhood memory’s impression of him.

I’m not sure where the whole obnoxious laughter thing came from. I think it’s just a combination of about a zillion things I saw as a kid where characters would laugh too much for no good reason to make themselves seem lovable. See: David the Gnome, Falcor the Luckdragon, that freaky tree from those old 80s Sunkist Fruit Snacks commercials, Jabba the Hutt. People complained that I looked at the camera too much, but Santa Christ is all about breaking the fourth wall. He likes it when the audience is in on the joke. Either that, or he’s staring into your soul to see if you’ve been naughty or nice. I’ve probably said more than you’ve ever wanted to know about this character."

There is one bit of trivia he added: "One thing we considered early on was having a crown of thorns wrapped around the red Santa cap. I figured, “Why not?” I mean, it came with the costume. Doug nixed the idea as “going too far.” That’s probably why he’s the director and I’m not."
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http://www.youtube.com/v/D7nP3mUxOjI

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2011, 03:02:09 PM
Darth, couldn't find a vid that seemed to work well so if you wanted to send me a link to a good one I can amend the post. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 19, 2011, 03:55:46 PM
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#49 - Santa Christ
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Highest Placement: 3 (Darth Geek)

YES! Santa Christ is awesome! I was the only one who had him on their list?

And I sent you that link to a video
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2011, 05:12:37 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#48 - Laura Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Laura Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas

Lights, please: In 1897, Dr. Philip O'Hanlon, a coroner's assistant on Manhattan's Upper West Side, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia (1889–1971), whether Santa Claus really existed.
O'Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time, assuring her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." He unwittingly gave one of the paper's editors, Francis Pharcellus Church, an opportunity to rise above the simple question and address the philosophical issues behind it.
Church was a war correspondent during the American Civil War, a time which saw great suffering and a corresponding lack of hope and faith in much of society. Although the paper ran the editorial in the seventh place on the page, below even one on the newly invented "chainless bicycle", its message was very moving to many people who read it. More than a century later it remains the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the English language.
In 1971, after seeing Virginia's obituary in The New York Times, four friends formed a company, called Elizabeth Press, and published a children's book titled Yes, Virginia that illustrated the editorial and included a brief history of the main characters. Its creators took it to Warner Brothers who eventually made the Emmy award-winning television show based on the editorial. The History Channel, in a special that aired on February 21, 2001, noted that Virginia gave the original letter to a granddaughter, who pasted it in a scrapbook. It was feared that the letter was destroyed in a house fire, but 30 years later, it was discovered intact.
Some people have questioned the veracity of the letter's authorship, expressing doubt that a young girl such as Virginia would refer to children her own age as "my little friends". The original letter, however, appeared and was authenticated in 1998 by Kathleen Guzman , an appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow, at $20,000–$30,000.
Virginia O'Hanlon's full married name was Laura Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas. She was born on July 20, 1889, in Manhattan, New York. Her marriage to Edward Douglas in the 1910s was brief, and ended with him deserting her shortly before their daughter, Laura, was born. She was listed as divorced in the 1930 United States Census.
Virginia received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in 1910; a Master's degree in education from Columbia University in 1912, and a doctorate from Fordham University. She was a school teacher in the New York City ISD. She started her career as an educator in 1912, became a junior principal in 1935, and retired in 1959.
Virginia received a steady stream of mail about her letter throughout her life. She would include a copy of the editorial in her replies. In an interview later in life, she credited it with shaping the direction of her life quite positively.
Virginia died on May 13, 1971, in a nursing home in Valatie, New York.  She is buried at the Chatham Rural Cemetery in Chatham, New York.
Every year, Virginia's letter and Church's response are read at the Yule Log ceremony at Church's alma mater, Columbia College of Columbia University.
The story of Virginia's inquiry and the The Sun's response was adapted in 1932 into an NBC produced cantata (the only known editorial set to classical music) and an Emmy Award-winning animated television special in 1974, animated by Bill Meléndez (best known for his work on the various Peanuts specials) and featuring the voices of Jim Backus and Jimmy Osmond. In 1991 it was adapted into a made-for-TV movie with Richard Thomas and Charles Bronson. In 1996, the story of Virginia's inquiry and the The Sun's response was adapted into a holiday musical “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by David Kirchenbaum (music and lyrics) and Myles McDonnel (book).
In New York City, local television journalist Gabe Pressman has recounted the story each Christmas for the past thirty years.
The last two paragraphs of Church's editorial are read by actor Sam Elliot in the 1989 film Prancer, about Jessica Riggs, a little girl who believes the wounded reindeer she is nursing back to health belongs to Santa. Jessica's story inspires the local newspaper editor, as Virginia's letter did to Church, to write an editorial which he titles Yes, Santa, there are still Virginias.
On the exact 100th anniversary of the original publication of the editorial, The New York Times published an analysis of its enduring appeal.
In 2003 "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" was depicted in a mechanical holiday window display at the Lord & Taylor department store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
In 2009, The Studio School in New York City, honored Virginia's life and legacy. Janet C. Rotter, Head of School, announced the establishment of the Virginia O'Hanlon Scholarship, speaking passionately about their commitment to offering need-based scholarships for students of merit.
Virginia's descendants continue her legacy.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/Aevy8jIBZmM

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2011, 05:36:35 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#47 - Hanuman
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Hanuman

Lights, please: It is hard to find a mythical character who is at once so powerful, learned, philosophic, humble and amusing! Hanuman features prominently in the great epics of Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
Hanuman met Rama and his brother Lakshmana while Rama was in exile in the jungle, and searching for his wife Sita who was abducted by Ravana. Their quest brought them near Pampa Lake at the foot of Mount Risyamukha, where the monkey king Sugriva and his ministers were hiding. Sugriva, who was being persecuted by his brother Bali, suspected that Rama and Lakshmana might have been sent by Bali to slay him. To find out the facts, Hanuman approached them in the guise of a Brahmin.
Hanuman's initial words highly impressed Rama, and made him comment: "None can talk this way without mastering the Vedas. He has such a flawless countenance, a wonderful accent, and a captivating way of speaking. He has the ability to move even an enemy..." After he revealed his identity as the prince of Ayodhya, Hanuman fell prostrate before him in respect of the Lord. Rama picked him up and embraced him. There began the story of Hanuman, which is inextricably interwoven with Rama, and dealt with in detail in Valmiki's Ramayana and the Tulsidas' Ramacharitamanas.
To cut the long story of Hanuman short, he then introduced Rama to Sugriva, and began his massive search for Sita. Finding out her whereabouts, he consoled Sita, and burnt down the city of Lanka. Hanuman then brought Rama to Lanka, fought the battle against Ravana with his simian army, and vanquished the demons. Hanuman's greatest feat was saving the life of Lakshmana by fetching the life-giving herb "Sanjivani" from the Himalayas. He flew fast towards the Himalayas, but unable to recognise the right herb, picked up the whole mountain on his hand and flew back to Lanka, just in time to save Lakshmana. Thereafter Hanuman served Rama forever.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/DvzRABn6mNM

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2011, 05:46:22 PM
Okay and I think that'll be it for the night, need to think about a few that are coming up so I'll see about doing a bunch more tomorrow. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 05:03:46 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#46 - Emmet Otter
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Emmet Otter

Lights, please: Emmet Otter is the protagonist of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Emmet has been raised by his mother, Alice Otter, ever since his Pa passed away. He does odd jobs for money using Pa Otter's old tool box - including mending Old Lady Possum's fence and Sam Turtle's stairs.
Emmet would love to own that guitar with the mother of pearl inlays he saw at The Music Store in Waterville. However nothing would make him happier than to buy his Ma a decent Christmas present, something he was never able to give his Pa.

Emmet enjoys singing, and he plays the washtub bass as a member of the Frogtown Jubilee Jug Band. After participating in the annual Waterville talent contest, the Band (along with Alice Otter) were hired by Doc Bullfrog for a permanent gig singing and playing at the Riverside Rest.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/Q6trGocstHI

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 05:51:57 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#45 - Der Belsnickel
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Der Belsnickel

Lights, please: The tradition of Der Belsnickel was brought to America by German immigrants and was soon adopted by other settlers.
Belsnickel - roughly translated as Niklos in furs - was often an uncle or cousin who wore a disguise, often including a mask, and went from farmhouse to farmhouse on Christmas Eve, rewarding good children and punishing those who had misbehaved, said Butch Reigart, of Columbia, Lancaster County.

"He looked scary and carried a sack of presents, mostly nuts and hard candy, and a stick or a cane. He came when it was dark, before the children went to bed, and would rap on the window or the door with his stick," Reigart said. "He would ask to see the children, and ask them if they had been good. He tossed nuts and candy on the floor, and when the children scrambled to get them he would switch them a little with his stick, admonishing them to be good."

Children would recite a Christmas poem or sing a song. The tradition spread to villages, where often groups of young people wearing masks went from house to house, playing instruments and singing, expecting treats and coins in return.

"There were rough young fellows who went out on New Year's Eve, carrying shotguns. They knocked on peoples' doors to wish them good will to the family and fire off their shotguns to wish everyone a happy new year," Reigart said.

The December 23, 1823, edition of the York Gazette warned belsnickels to "keep within the limits of the Hall."

"Salute This Happy Morn : A History of the Glen Rock Carol Singers," by Charles H. Glatfelter, refers to Christmas Eve, 1893, when "a group of young pretenders, perhaps belsnickels with ambition, preceded the genuine carolers through parts of town offering a concert of their own."

In its December 29 edition, The Item, the local newspaper, called it a "considerable annoyance," adding that it "should not again be permitted."

Some people also remember their parents and grandparents referring to Halloween trick-or-treaters as belsnickelers.

The tradition of der Belsnickel began to fade in the 1920s, and eventually died out - in part because of what Reigart calls "the popular Coca Cola Santa."
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http://www.youtube.com/v/x_6GKndDJtk

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 06:13:47 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#44 - The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future

Lights, please: The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future is a crazy robot who claims that he is the Ghost of Christmas Past. He first shows up in Carl's house (in February) and tells Carl "what Christmas was like" when Carl was eight, in which he was made to eat carpet by his father and his house was destroyed by robots and lasers (Carl remembers eating carpet, but not the robots and lasers). He then proceeds to fill Carl's pool with elf blood as a plot device to tell the Aqua Teens and Carl about the original Santa Claus, an ape named "Sir Santa of Claws", and elves from Mars. He has a penchant for telling drawn-out stories such as this with absolutely no factual basis or consistency. He says that the only way for Carl to get rid of the blood is for Carl to have sex with the Great Red Ape in Space. Carl eventually gets rid of him by selling his house to Glenn Danzig, who buys the house specifically for the blood, and whom the Ghost can't stand.

He may be related to Turkatron, who once claimed to be the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future but was later discovered to be a defective toy from the present. Still, the Cybernetic Ghost and Turkatron have the same voice and same penchant for telling convoluted stories. He says he has something to do with Sigourney Weaver and that he survived the "Quickening of the Dragonoids". He is one of only seven members of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday... who survive "The Last One", along with Ignignokt, Err, the Rabbot, Mothmonsterman and Major Shake.

He also appears in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters which revealed that he was created by Dr. Weird. The film also revealed that he doesn't know anything about the past and future, and insteads randomly strings words together. In the film he falls in love with Oglethorpe, and they often kiss each other.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/CVTpJIOoyIw

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 23
1/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 3 (Pak-Man)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 20, 2011, 06:22:39 AM
#44 - The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 23
1/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 3 (Pak-Man)

(http://www.portent.com/images/2011/06/data-picard-facepalm.jpg)

Oh my god. Massive, massive oversight on my part. I can't believe I forgot this guy. Sorry, Pak. I wish I had this one back. Dammit!  :grr:
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 20, 2011, 06:52:38 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#45 - Der Belsnickel
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My daughters, who have grown up in Lancaster county, were taught about Pennsylvania Dutch traditions as part of their elementary school education. According to Amy, der Belsnickle was usually an uncle or some male relative in the family. He'd come up to the house and throw all of the treats in the window, and then the parents would let him in so he could beat the children with sticks and tell them to be grateful for what they have and for their parents. Then he'd park himself in a chair and listen to the kids sing a song or recite a poem, while the parents brought him booze.

Ah, Germans.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 07:10:17 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#44 - Joseph, Jules, Albert & Adolphe
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Joseph, Jules, Albert & Adolphe

Lights, please: We're No Angels is a 1955 Christmas comedy picture starring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, and Leo G. Carroll. It was directed by Michael Curtiz, who had directed Bogart in Casablanca, when both were under contract to Warner Brothers. It is one of the rare comedies that Bogart made. Paramount filmed the production at its Hollywood studios in VistaVision and Technicolor. It was based upon My Three Angels, written by Samuel and Bella Spewack. The screenplay was written by Ranald MacDougall. Mary Grant designed the film's costumes.

Three convicts - Joseph, Albert and Jules - escape from prison on Devil's Island just before Christmas and arrive at a nearby French colonial town. They go to the store of the Ducotels - Felix and Amelie, and their daughter Isabelle - the only store that gives supplies on credit. While there, they notice that his roof is leaking, and offer to fix it. They do not actually intend to fix it, but decide to remain there, until nightfall, when they will steal clothes and supplies, and escape on the ship waiting in the harbour. As they stay in the store, they find that the family is currently in financial distress and offer their services to hide their all-too-sinister ruse. Joseph even gets to work conning people and falsifying records to make the store prosperous. However, the three felons begin to have a change of heart after they fix a delicious Christmas dinner for the family: mostly made of stolen items.

Andre Trochard, who owns the store but lives in Paris, arrives on the island with his nephew Paul, with whom Isabelle is infatuated. The two plan on taking control of the store due to a lack of profit from the use of credit. Also, Paul is betrothed to another woman, which dismays Isabelle. Before any action against the Ducotels is taken, both of the men are bitten by Albert's pet viper, Adolphe, and they die nearly instantly. Isabelle finds another love, and the family is happy as the convicts successfully make their final escape. While waiting on the docks for their boat to arrive, the three escaped men finally decide to turn themselves back in at the prison, judging that the outside world was likely to be worse than that of the prison. As they walk away in the final shot, angelic halos appear over each of their heads...and finally another pops up over the cage of Adolphe.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/i6D_CI2yNXE

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 23
2/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 14 (Compound)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: anais.jude on December 20, 2011, 08:30:27 AM
#44 - The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 23
1/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 3 (Pak-Man)

(http://www.portent.com/images/2011/06/data-picard-facepalm.jpg)

Oh my god. Massive, massive oversight on my part. I can't believe I forgot this guy. Sorry, Pak. I wish I had this one back. Dammit!  :grr:

+1. This is why people should discuss theire votes first
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: anais.jude on December 20, 2011, 08:33:54 AM
+1. This is why people should discuss theire votes first

I disagree. Then it would just be a pre-agreed group consensus.

And I am ok with that
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 08:37:05 AM
But that's not the point of these lists, or indeed voting in general.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: anais.jude on December 20, 2011, 10:30:47 AM
But that's not the point of these lists, or indeed voting in general.

According to you. I am allowed to have my own opinion on the matter
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 10:43:52 AM
According to you.
Nope, according to precedent both on here and throughout human history.

I am allowed to have my own opinion on the matter
Indeed. You are not, however, entitled to your own facts. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 11:29:58 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#42 - Bob Wallace
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Bob Wallace.

Lights, please: White Christmas is a 1954 Technicolor musical film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye that features the songs of Irving Berlin, including the titular "White Christmas". The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and co-stars Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.

The film is notable as being the first to be produced and released in VistaVision, a wide-screen process that entailed using twice the surface area of standard 35mm film. This large-area negative was used to yield finer-grained standard-sized 35 mm film prints.
The story is about two World War II U.S. Army buddies, one a former Broadway entertainer, Bob Wallace (Crosby), the other a would-be entertainer, Phil Davis (Kaye). It begins on Christmas Eve, 1944, somewhere in Europe. In a forward area, Captain Wallace is giving a show to the troops of the 151st Division with the help of Private Davis ("White Christmas"). Major General Thomas F. Waverly (Dean Jagger) arrives for the end of the show and has a field inspection prior to being relieved of command of the 151st by Brigadier General Harold G. Coughlan (Gavin Gordon). The men give him a rousing send-off ("The Old Man"). During an enemy artillery barrage, Davis saves Wallace's life by pushing him out of the way of a toppling wall, wounding his own arm slightly in the process. Using his "wounded" arm and telling Bob he doesn't expect any "special obligation", Phil convinces Bob to join forces as an entertainment duo when the war is over. Phil using his wound to get Bob to do what he wants becomes a running gag throughout the movie.

After the war, the pair make it big in nightclubs, radio, and then on Broadway. They become the hottest act around and eventually become producers. They subsequently have a big hit with their New York musical, Playing Around. In mid-December, after 2 years on Broadway, the show is in Florida. While at the Florida Theatre, they receive a letter from "Freckle-Faced Haynes, the dog-faced boy", a mess sergeant they knew in the war, asking them to audition his two sisters. When they go to the club to audition the act ("Sisters"), Betty (Rosemary Clooney) reveals that her sister, Judy (Vera-Ellen), sent the letter. Phil and Judy leave the table to dance ("The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing") so that Bob and Betty can get to know each other, though there is also an attraction between them. Bob and Phil help Betty and Judy escape their landlord and the local sheriff (the landlord claimed that the sisters had burned a $200 rug). The boys perform the girls' signature song "Sisters" from a record as the girls escape to the train. Phil gives Betty and Judy the train tickets that he and Bob were intending to use. When Bob and Phil arrive on the train, they have no tickets. Using "his arm" again, Phil gets Bob to agree to travel with the girls to Vermont for the holidays ("Snow"). They discover that the Columbia Inn in Pine Tree, Vermont, is run by their former commanding officer, Major General Tom Waverly, and it's about to go bankrupt because of the lack of snow and consequent lack of patrons. The general has invested all his savings and pension into the lodge.
Deciding to help out and bring business to the inn, Wallace and Davis bring Playing Around with their entire Broadway cast up and add Betty and Judy where they can. Bob discovers the General's rejected attempt at rejoining the army, and decides to prove to the General that he isn't forgotten.

Bob calls Ed Harrison (Johnny Grant), an old army friend, now host of a successful variety show (intentionally similar to Ed Sullivan's). When Bob wants to make a pitch on the show to all the men under the command of the General in the war, Harrison suggests they go all out and put the show on television, playing up the "schmaltz" factor of the General's situation and generating lots of free advertising for Wallace and Davis. Overhearing only this, the housekeeper, Emma Allen (Mary Wickes), tells Betty. Bob tells Ed that isn't the idea and that he only wishes to make a pitch to get as many people from their division to Pine Tree for the show on Christmas Eve. The misunderstanding causes Betty to leave for a job at the Carousel Club in New York, after Phil and Judy fake their engagement in the hope of bringing Betty and Bob closer together.

On the Ed Harrison Show, Bob asks all the veterans of the 151st Division to come to Pine Tree, Vermont on Christmas Eve ("What Can You Do With A General").
All is set right when Betty sees Bob's pitch on the Ed Harrison show. She returns to Pine Tree just in time for the show on Christmas Eve. Believing all of his suits had been sent to the cleaners, General Waverly concludes that he'll have to appear in his old uniform. When the General enters the lodge where the show is to take place, he is greeted by his former division to a rousing chorus of "The Old Man", and moments later is notified that snow is falling.
In a memorable finale, Bob and Betty declare their love, as do Phil and Judy. The background of the set is removed to show the snow falling in Pine Tree. Everyone raises a glass, toasting, "May your days be merry and bright; and may all your Christmases be white."
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http://www.youtube.com/v/GJSUT8Inl14

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 24
1/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (a pretty girl is like)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 20, 2011, 11:34:41 AM
Oh Krampus. I'm with you.  :highfive:
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 12:13:53 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#41 - Multiple Santa
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Multiple Santa.

Lights, please: The Tick Loves Santa! is one of the best Tick episodes of all time; 5 stars! What? When I'm not writing about mythological archetypes and folkloric festivals, I like to watch a grown man run around dressed like a blue arachnid, what of it? But I digress, the show starts with The Tick and Arthur walking home after doing some Christmas shopping, when they run into Santa! Of course, it isn't the real Santa; it is a bank robber who stole a Santa suit to elude the cops.

The police chase Santa and The Tick follows along to save him; but Santa falls into a neon sign and is fried. Tick believes that they killed the real Santa, and destroyed Christmas forever, but for some reason, instead of killing him the electricity causes clones of the Santa to appear, and Multiple Santa is born! Multiple Santa goes on a crime spree and even beats up the heroes of the city, and The Tick is powerless to resist because "I can't hit Santa!"

Eventually, Multiple Santa makes his way to the Hydroelectric plant at the city dam to make more clones, and The Tick and Arthur have a visitor; the real Santa! Santa and his Little Secret Service recruit the boys to save Christmas, and off they go! Fortunately, in the final confrontation, Tick finds the Santas weakness, static electricity, and Christmas is saved!
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http://www.youtube.com/v/uC0n4U_Xzxk

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 24
1/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (Pak-Man)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 20, 2011, 12:29:56 PM
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 :D

Krampus is killing it!
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 01:30:27 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/Dionysos_mosaic_from_Pella.jpg)
#40 - Dionysus
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Dionysus

Lights, please. Dionysus, also commonly known by his Roman name Bacchus, appears to be a god who has two distinct origins. On the one hand, Dionysus was the god of wine, agriculture, and fertility of nature, who is also the patron god of the Greek stage. On the other hand, Dionysus also represents the outstanding features of mystery religions, such as those practiced at Eleusis: ecstasy, personal delivery from the daily world through physical or spiritual intoxication, and initiation into secret rites. Scholars have long suspected that the god known as Dionysus is in fact a fusion of a local Greek nature god, and another more potent god imported rather late in Greek pre-history from Phrygia (the central area of modern day Turkey) or Thrace.

According to one myth, Dionysus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal woman, Semele (daughter of Cadmus of Thebes). Semele is killed by Zeus' lightning bolts while Dionysus is still in her womb. Dionysus is rescued and undergoes a second birth from Zeus after developing in his thigh. Zeus then gives the infant to some nymphs to be raised. In another version, one with more explicit religious overtones, Dionysus, also referred to as Zagreus in this account, is the son of Zeus and Persephone, Queen of the Underworld. Hera gets the Titans to lure the infant with toys, and then they rip him to shreds eating everything but Zagreus' heart, which is saved by either Athena, Rhea, or Demeter. Zeus remakes his son from the heart and implants him in Semele who bears a new Dionysus Zagreus. Hence, as in the earlier account, Dionysus is called "twice born." The latter account formed a part of the Orphic religion's religious mythology.
It does seem clear that Dionysus, at least the Phrygian Dionysus, was a late arrival in the Greek world and in Greek mythology. He is hardly mentioned at all in the Homeric epics, and when he is it is with some hostility. A number of his stories are tales of how Dionysus moved into a city, was resisted, and then destroyed those who opposed him. The most famous account of this is that of Euripides in his play the Bacchae. He wrote this play while in the court of King Archelaus of Macedon, and nowhere do we see Dionysus more destructive and his worship more dangerous than in this play. Scholars have speculated not unreasonably that in Macedon Euripides discovered a more extreme form of the religion of Dionysus being practiced than the more civil, quiet forms in Athens.
Briefly, Dionysus returns to Thebes, his putative birthplace, where his cousin Pentheus is king. He has returned to punish the women of Thebes for denying that he was a god and born of a god. Pentheus is enraged at the worship of Dionysus and forbids it, but he cannot stop the women, including his mother Agave, or even the elder statesmen of the kingdom from swarming to the wilds to join the Maenads (a term given to women under the ecstatic spell of Dionysus) in worship. Dionysus lures Pentheus to the wilds where he is killed by the Maenads and then mutilated by Agave.
The Dionysia was a large festival in ancient Athens in honor of the god Dionysus, the central events of which were the theatrical performances of dramatic tragedies and, from 487 BC, comedies. It was the second-most important festival after the Panathenaia.
The Dionysia was originally a rural festival in Eleutherae, Attica (, probably celebrating the cultivation of vines. It was probably a very ancient festival, perhaps not originally associated with Dionysus. This "rural Dionysia" was held during the winter, in the month of Poseideon (roughly corresponding to December). The central event was the pompe (πομπή), the procession, in which phalloi were carried by phallophoroi. Also participating in the pompe were kanephoroi (young girls carrying baskets), obeliaphoroi (who carried long loaves of bread), skaphephoroi (who carried other offerings), hydriaphoroi (who carried jars of water), and askophoroi (who carried jars of wine).
After the pompe procession was completed, there were contests of dancing and singing, and choruses (led by a choregos) would perform dithyrambs. Some festivals may have included dramatic performances, possibly of the tragedies and comedies that had been produced at the City Dionysia the previous year. This was more common in the larger towns, such as Piraeus and Eleusis.
Because the various towns in Attica held their festivals on different days, it was possible for spectators to visit more than one festival per season. It was also an opportunity for Athenian citizens to travel outside the city if they did not have the opportunity to do so during the rest of the year. This also allowed travelling companies of actors to perform in more than one town during the period of the festival.
The comic playwright Aristophanes parodied the Rural Dionysia in his play The Acharnians. :
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http://www.youtube.com/v/2QbgJ22eTqQ

Festival: Rural Dionysia
Total Points: 24
1/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (Tripe)

Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 01:32:00 PM
And we'll be back with something delightful and fragrant to start the 30s tomorrow. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 20, 2011, 02:09:45 PM
Thank you, Compound, for helping me get We're No Angels on the list!  :highfive:  Peter Ustinov is so money he doesn't even know it.

Also seriously, Bing could give Krampus a few pointers on how to throw a beating on a kid.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: anais.jude on December 20, 2011, 03:11:40 PM
But that's not the point of these lists, or indeed voting in general.

According to you. I am allowed to have my own opinion on the matter

But not your own facts.

They are NOT my "own facts" but if you people insist on that being the case, then fine. Seems slightly tyrant-esque to insist that I am not allowed to voice what I feel.


What what upsets me more is that I was NOT arguing and I was NOT saying that I was correct and you were wrong. I was saying "You can have that opinion and I still am your friend" and yet, you two have to come in and continue to tell me why I am incorrect.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2011, 03:29:29 PM
Seems slightly tyrant-esque to insist that I am not allowed to voice what I feel.
Nobody is stopping you do that are they? Though I'd prefer this not clutter up this thread ny longer so if you want to continue this please take it elsewhere. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 06:26:29 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#39 - The Caganer
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about the Caganer.

Lights, please: A Caganer (Catalan pronunciation: [kəɣəˈne], Western Catalan: [kaɣaˈne]) is a figurine appearing in nativity scenes in Catalonia and neighbouring areas with Catalan culture such as Andorra, Valencia, Northern Catalonia (in southern France) and the Balearic Islands. It is most popular and widespread in these areas, but can also be found in other areas of Spain (Murcia), Portugal and southern Italy (Naples). The figure is depicted in the act of defecation.

The exact origin of the Caganer is lost, but the tradition has existed since at least the 18th century. According to the Friends of Caganer group (Amics del Caganer), it is believed to have entered the nativity scene by the late 17th-early 18th century, during the Baroque period. An Iberian votive deposit was found near Tornabous in the Urgell depicting a holy Iberian warrior defecating on his falcata. This began a short-lived series of polemics between the Institut d'Estudis Catalans and the Departament d'Arqueologia in the Conselleria de Cultura of the Generalitat de Catalunya as to whether the find can be regarded as a proto-caganer (which would place the origin of this tradition far earlier than previously thought) or just a pre-combat ritual.

In Catalonia, as well as in the rest of Spain and in most of Italy and Southern France, traditional Christmas decorations sometimes consist of a large model of the city of Bethlehem, similar to the Nativity scenes of the English-speaking world but encompassing the entire city rather than just the typical manger scene. In Catalonia, the pessebre or nativity scene is often a reproduction of a pastoral scene with a traditional Catalan masia (farmhouse) as a central setting with the child in a manger, with outlying scenes of a washerwoman by a river, a woman spinning, shepherds walking towards the manger area laden with gifts and herding their sheep, the three wise men approaching on horseback, an annunciation scene with the angel and shepherds, the star pointing the way, etc, all of this usually set on moss to represent grass, with cork used to represent mountains or cliffs. Another variant is to make the setting oriental, with the wise men arriving by camel and the figures dressed accordingly.

The caganer is a particular and highly popular feature of modern Catalan nativity scenes. It is believed to have entered the nativity scene by the late 17th-early 18th century, during the Baroque period. The eminent folklorist, Joan Amades, called it an essential piece and the most popular figure of the nativity scene. It can also be found in other parts of southwestern Europe, including Murcia, the region just south of the Valencia in Spain (where they are called cagones), Naples (cacone or pastore che caca) and Portugal (cagões). There is a sculpture of a person defecating hidden inside the cathedral of Ciudad Rodrigo, Province of Salamanca, though this is not part of a nativity scene. Accompanying Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the shepherds and company, the caganer is often tucked away in a corner of the model, typically nowhere near the manger scene. A tradition in the Catalan Countries is to have children find the hidden figure.
Possible reasons for placing a figure representing a person in the act of excreting waste in a scene which is widely considered holy include:
  • Tradition.
  • Perceived humour.
  • A fun spectacle, especially for children.
  • The Caganer, by creating faeces, is fertilizing the Earth. According to the ethnographer, Joan Amades, it was a "customary figure in pessebres in the 19th century, because people believed that this deposit [symbolically] fertilized the ground of the pessebre, which became fertile and ensured the pessebre for the following year, and with it, the health of body and peace of mind required to make the pessebre, with the joy and happiness brought by Christmas near the hearth.
  • Placing this figurine in the pessebre brought good luck and joy and not doing so brought adversity."
  • The Caganer represents the equality of all people: regardless of status, race, or gender, everyone defecates.
  • Increased naturalism of an otherwise archetypal (thus idealised) story, so that it is more believable, more real and can be taken more seriously.
  • The idea that God will manifest himself when he is ready, without regard for whether we human beings are ready or not.
  • The Caganer reinforces the belief that the infant Jesus is God in human form, with all that being human implies.
  • The character introduces a healthy amount of religious doubt to test one's faith.

The practice is tolerated by the local Catholic church. Though the tradition is highly popular and beloved, there are, however, divided opinions among the local population as to whether it is really appropriate, which means that not all nativity scenes in Catalonia include caganers.

The Caganer is not the only defecating character in the Catalan Christmas tradition—another is the Tió de Nadal, which also makes extensive use of the image of faecal matter (it is a log, i.e. tió, with a face painted on it, which, having been "fed" for several weeks, is told to defecate on Christmas eve and "magically" produces candy for children, a candy that has supposedly come from its bowels). Other mentions of faeces and defecation are common in Catalan folklore: indeed, a popular Catalan saying for use before a meal is "menja bé, caga fort i no tinguis por a la mort!" (Eat well, shit a good deal and don't be afraid of death!).

The Caganer can also be found in other European cultures, either as an important or a minor local tradition:
  • In France: Père la Colique ("Father Cholic"). In France this figure seems to date from the 1930s or 40s.
  • In Murcia, the region just south of the Valencian Country in Spain (where they are called cagones),
  • The Naples area, where it is known as cacone or pastore che caca
  • Portugal, where they are known as cagões
Possible translations of the caganer concept into other languages include:
  • In the Dutch / Flemish: Kakkers / Schijterkes ("Pooper"/"Little Pooper")
  • In German: Choleramännchen or Hinterlader ("Little Cholera Man" or "Breech-loader")

The traditional caganer is portrayed as a Catalan peasant man (i.e. a farmer or sheperd) wearing a typical hat called a barretina — a red stocking hat with a black band. At least since the late 1970s, the figure of a traditional Catalan peasant woman was also added, wearing traditional garb including the long black hairnet.

The Catalans have modified this tradition a good deal since the 1940s. In addition to the traditional caganer design, you can easily find other characters assuming the Caganer position, such as nuns, devils, Santa Claus, celebrities, athletes, historical figures, politicians, Spanish royalty, British royalty,[10] and other famous
people past and present. Just days after his election as US president in 2008, a "pooper" of Barack Obama was made available.

Caganers are easiest to find before Christmas in holiday markets, like the one in front of the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, which has many tables of Caganers. Every year new figures are created, and some people collect them. Caganers are the focal point of at least one association (Els Amics del Caganer, i.e. Friends of the Caganer), which puts out a regular bulletin ("El Caganòfil") and have even been featured in art exhibits.

In recent years a urinating statue, or Pixaner, has also appeared, but it hasn't taken root or gained any serious popularity.

In 2005, the Barcelona city council provoked a public outcry by commissioning a nativity scene which did not include a Caganer. Many saw this as an attack on Catalan traditions. The local government countered these criticisms by claiming that the Caganer was not included because a recent by-law had made public defecation and urination illegal, meaning that the Caganer was now setting a bad example. Following a campaign against this decision called Salvem el caganer (Save the caganer), and widespread media criticism, the 2006 nativity restored the Caganer, who appeared on the northern side of the nativity near a dry riverbed.
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points:24
2/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 10 (Tripe)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 21, 2011, 06:45:11 AM
What the....

Okay, I'm not surprised Tripe has heard of this. Who else had this on their list??
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 07:08:33 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#38 - The Riverbottom Nightmare Band
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about The Riverbottom Nightmare Band

Lights, please: The Riverbottom Nightmare Band, also known as "The Nightmare," is the last-minute addition to the talent show in Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. The band members include:
Chuck Stoat on keyboards (performed by Frank Oz)
Pop-eyed Catfish (performed by Dave Goelz)
Stanley Weasel on guitar (performed by Jerry Nelson)
Fred Lizard on drums (performed by Richard Hunt)
Howard Snake on bass (performed by Jim Henson)
The Riverbottom Nightmare Band's repertoire includes the self-referential "Riverbottom Nightmare Band".
When not performing on stage, the band members enjoy breaking traffic laws, riding their snowmobiles, and destroying merchandise.
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 25
1/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 1 (ColeStratton)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 07:50:55 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#37 - Dropo
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Dropo

Lights, please: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 science fiction film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. It is regularly featured in the "bottom 100" list on the Internet Movie Database, and was also featured in an episode of the 1986 syndicated series, the Canned Film Festival. It was directed by Nicholas Webster, and it stars John Call as Santa Claus. It also includes an 8-year-old Pia Zadora playing the role of one of the Martian children.
The film took on newfound fame in the 1990s after being featured on an episode of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. It became a holiday staple on the Comedy Central cable channel in the years following its 1991 premiere, helping it become one of the series' most popular episodes. It has since found new life again in the 2000s (decade) having been riffed by Cinematic Titanic, which includes five former cast members from MST3K, as of November 2008. The movie was also featured on the current run of Elvira's Movie Macabre.

The story involves the people of Mars, including Momar ("Mom Martian") and Kimar ("King Martian"), They're worried that their children Girmar ("Girl Martian") and Bomar ("Boy Martian") are watching too much Earth television, most notably station KID-TV's interview with Santa Claus in his workshop at the North Pole. Consulting the ancient 800-year old Martian sage Chochem (a Yiddish word meaning "genius"), they are advised that the children of Mars are growing distracted due to the society's overly rigid structure; from infancy, all their education is fed into their brains through machines and they are not allowed individuality or freedom of thought.

Chochem notes that he had seen this coming "for centuries", and says the only way to help the children is to allow them their freedom and be allowed to have fun. To do this, they need a Santa Claus figure, like on Earth. Leaving the Chochem's cave, the Martian leaders decide to abduct Santa Claus from Earth and bring him to Mars. As the Martians could not distinguish between all the fakes Santas, they kidnapped two children to find the real one. Once this is accomplished, one Martian, Voldar, who strongly disagrees with the idea, repeatedly tries to kill Santa Claus along with two kidnapped Earth children. He believes that Santa is corrupting the children of Mars and turning them away from the race's original glory.

When they arrive on Mars, Santa and the children build a factory to make toys for the children. However, Voldar and his assistants, Stobo and Shim, sabotage the factory and change the programming so that it makes the toys incorrectly. Meanwhile, Dropo, Kimar's assistant, has taken a great liking to Santa Claus and Christmas, puts on one of Santa's spare suits and starts acting like Santa Claus. He goes to the toy factory to make toys, but Voldar mistakes him for Santa and kidnaps him.

When Santa and the children come back to the factory to make more toys, they discover the machines have been tampered with. Voldar and Stobo come back to the factory to make a deal with Kimar, but when they see the real Santa Claus they realize that their plan has been foiled. Dropo, held hostage in a cave, tricks his guard Shim and escapes. Kimar then arrests Voldar, Stobo and Shim. Santa notices Dropo acts like him, and says that Dropo would make a good Martian Santa.

Kimar agrees to let Dropo be the Martian Santa Claus and sends Santa and the children back to Earth.

It has been named one of the worst films ever. A remake has been rumored since 2000 with David Zucker as producer and Jim Carrey attached to play Dropo, though it is currently believed to be in development hell.

The movie was featured in episode number 3.21 of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and a new version by the MST3K spinoff Cinematic Titanic became available in late November 2008 Scenes from the movie were used in both A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (during the song sung by Toby Keith), and Eloise at Christmastime (when Sir Wilkes is watching television).

The movie spawned a tongue-in-cheek novelization by Lou Harry, released by Penguin Books/Chamberlain Bros. in 2005. The book, which includes a DVD of the original film presents the story from the perspective of a now-adult Girmar, who has not only succeeded her father as ruler of Mars, but also narrates the tale in a 'valley girl'-esque type of language.

In 1993 a theatrical production of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the Musical premiered at the Factory Theatre in Chicago, adapted and directed by Sean Abley. In 2006 a second theatrical production premiered at the Maverick Theater in Fullerton, California, this version was adapted by Brian Newell and Nick McGee. The Maverick's production has become a comedic success, a local tradition and performed every holiday season there since 2006, with the next production to be performed in December 2010.

Brazilian comedy group Hermes & Renato spoofed the film in their MTV program Tela Class, redubbing it as "Santa Claus e o pozinho mágico" (Santa Claus and the Magic Powder; "magic powder" being more loosely translated here as "angel dust"). In this version, Santa is a drug dealer.
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Festival: Christmas (or Martian Equivalent)
Total Points: 26
2/12 Lists
Highest Placement:6  (Pak-Man)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 21, 2011, 07:52:09 AM
What the....

Okay, I'm not surprised Tripe has heard of this. Who else had this on their list??

Me. They have them all over the place at nativity stores in Naples, but I actually knew about them prior to that.  Gives new meaning to the term "Yule Log."

 :o  :scared:  :gouge:

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 08:04:00 AM
And back later with a few more, I am hoping to get to #30 today, got a fw errands to run today and it's Ann's first day off from work so it might be a while, but I shall endeavour to get to at least that point. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 21, 2011, 11:22:34 AM

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#37 - Dropo

I thought maybe it was just the riffing on MST3K 321 that turned me off this movie, so I tried it with CineTit as well.  Nope. I have a really, really hard time getting through this movie. I really dislike it.  It makes no fucking sense.

Yeah, it's pretty bad.  To quote Mary Jo from the CineTit version: "Thanks kids, I now hate fun."
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 21, 2011, 12:45:49 PM
D'oh! I should have put Droppo on my list.


 :o  :scared:  :gouge:

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I'm liking Barnes as our pinch hitting RVR II. DBB II?
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 01:01:31 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#36 - St. Lucy
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about St. Lucy

Lights, please: Saint Lucy (283–304), also known as Saint Lucia or Santa Lucia, was a wealthy young Christian martyr who is venerated as a saint by Roman Catholic Church, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. Her feast day in the West is 13 December; with a name derived from Lux, Lucis meaning "Light", as she is the patron saint of those who are blind. Saint Lucy is one of the few saints celebrated by members of the Lutheran Church among the Scandinavian peoples, who take part in Saint Lucy's Day celebrations that retain many elements of Germanic paganism.

Saint Lucy is one of seven women, aside from the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. Hagiography tells us that Lucy was a Christian martyr during the Diocletian persecution. She consecrated her virginity to God through pious works refused to marry a pagan betrothed, and had her wedding dowry distributed to the poor. Her betrothed pagan groom denounced her as a Christian to the governor of Syracuse, Sicily. Miraculously unable to move her or burn her, the guards took out her eyes with a fork. In another version, Lucy's betrothed admired her eyes, so she tore them out and gave them to him, saying, "Now let me live to God".

The oldest record of her story comes from the fifth-century accounts of saints' lives. By the 6th century, her story was widespread, so that she appears in the Sacramentary of Pope Gregory I. At the opening of the 8th century Aldhelm included a brief account of her life among the virgins praised in De laude virginitatis, and in the following century the Venerable Bede included her in his Martyrology. In medieval accounts, Saint Lucy's eyes are gouged out prior to her execution. In art, her eyes sometimes appear on a tray that she is holding.

Until 1861 relics of Saint Lucy were venerated in a church dedicated to her in Venice; after its demolition, they were transferred to the church of San Geremia.
The Roman Catholic calendar of saints formerly had a commemoration of Saints Lucy and Geminianus on 16 September. This was removed in 1969, as a duplication of the feast of her dies natalis on 13 December and because the Geminianus in question, mentioned in the Passio of Saint Lucy, seems to be a merely fictitious figure,[2] unrelated to the Geminianus whose feast is on 31 January.

Lucy's Latin name Lucia shares a root (luc-) with the Latin word for light, lux. "In 'Lucy' is said, the way of light" Jacobus de Voragine stated at the beginning of his vita of the Blessed Virgin Lucy, in Legenda Aurea, the most widely-read version of the Lucy legend in the Middle Ages.

Because people wanted to shed light on Lucy's bravery and fortitude, legends grew up, reported in the acts that are associated with her name. All the details are conventional ones also associated with other female martyrs of the early 4th century. Her Roman father died when she was young, leaving her and her mother without a protecting guardian. Her mother, Eutychia, had suffered four years with dysentery but Lucy had heard the renown of Saint Agatha, the patroness of Catania, "and when they were at a Mass, one read a gospel that made mention of a woman who was healed of the dysentery by touching of the hem of the coat of Jesus Christ," which, according to the Legenda Aurea, convinced her mother to pray together at Saint Agatha's tomb. They stayed up all night praying, until they fell asleep, exhausted. Saint Agatha appeared in a vision to Lucy and said, "Soon you shall be the glory of Syracuse, as I am of Catania." At that instant Eutychia was cured.

Eutychia had arranged a marriage for Lucy with a pagan bridegroom, but Lucy urged that the dowry be spent on alms so that she might retain her virginity. Euthychia suggested that the sums would make a good bequest, but Lucy countered, "...whatever you give away at death for the Lord's sake you give because you cannot take it with you. Give now to the true Savior, while you are healthy, whatever you intended to give away at your death." News that the patrimony and jewels were being distributed came to the ears of Lucy's betrothed, who heard from a chattering nurse that Lucy had found a nobler Bridegroom.

Her rejected pagan bridegroom denounced Lucy as a Christian to the magistrate Paschasius, who ordered her to burn a sacrifice to the emperor's image. Lucy replied that she had given all that she had: "I offer to Him myself, let Him do with His offering as it pleases Him." Sentenced to be defiled in a brothel, Lucy asserted:
“   No one's body is polluted so as to endanger the soul if it has not pleased the mind. If you were to lift my hand to your idol and so make me offer against my will, I would still be guiltless in the sight of the true God, who judges according to the will and knows all things. If now, against my will, you cause me to be polluted, a twofold purity will be gloriously imputed to me. You cannot bend my will to your purpose; whatever you do to my body, that cannot happen to me.   ”

The Christian tradition states that when the guards came to take her away they found her so filled with the Holy Spirit that she was as stiff and heavy as a mountain; they could not move her even when they hitched her to a team of oxen. Even after implanting a dagger through her throat she prophesied against her persecutor. Unfounded, and absent in the many narratives and traditions, at least until the 15th century, is the story of Lucia tortured by eye-gouging. The emblem of the eyes on the cup, or plate, must be linked simply to popular devotion to her, as protector of sight, because of her name, Lucia (from the latin word "lux" which means "light"). In paintings St. Lucy is frequently shown holding her eyes on a golden plate.

Lucy was represented in Gothic art holding a dish with two eyes on it (illustration above). The legend concludes with God restoring Lucy's eyes.

Dante also mentions Lucia in Inferno Canto II as the messenger "of all cruelty the foe" sent to Beatrice from "The blessed Dame" (Divine Mercy), to rouse Beatrice to send Virgil to Dante's aid. She has instructed Virgil to guide Dante through Hell and Purgatory. Lucia is only referenced indirectly in Virgil's discourse within the narrative and doesn't appear. According to Robert Harrison, Professor in Italian Literature at Stanford University and Rachel Jacoff, Professor of Italian Studies at Wellesley, Lucia's appearance in this intermediary role is to reinforce the scene in which Virgil attempts to fortify Dante's courage to begin the journey through the Inferno.

Lucy may also be seen as a figure of Illuminating Grace or Mercy or even Justice. Nonetheless Dante obviously regarded Lucia with great reverence, placing her opposite Adam within the Mystic Rose in Canto XXXII of the Paradiso.

In Mark Musa's translation of Dante's Purgatorio, it is noted that Lucy was admired by an undesirable suitor for her beautiful eyes. To stay chaste she plucked out her own eyes, a great sacrifice for which God gave her a pair of even more beautiful eyes. It is said in Sweden that to vividly celebrate St. Lucy's Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light.

Lucy's name also played a large part in naming Lucy as a patron saint of the blind and those with eye-trouble. She was the patroness of Syracuse in Sicily, Italy.
Sigebert (1030–1112), a monk of Gembloux, in his sermo de Sancta Lucia, chronicled that her body lay undisturbed in Sicily for 400 years, before Faroald II, Duke of Spoleto, captured the island and transferred the body to Corfinium in the Abruzzo, Italy. From there it was removed by the Emperor Otho I in 972 to Metz and deposited in the church of St. Vincent. It was from this shrine that an arm of the saint was taken to the monastery of Luitburg in the Diocese of Speyer - an incident celebrated by Sigebert himself in verse.

The subsequent history of the relics is not clear. On their capture of Constantinople in 1204, the French found some relics attributed to Saint Lucy in the city, and Enrico Dandolo, Doge of Venice, secured them for the monastery of St. George at Venice. In 1513 the Venetians presented to Louis XII of France the saint's head, which he deposited in the cathedral church of Bourges. Another account, however, states that the head was brought to Bourges from Rome where it had been transferred during the time when the relics rested in Corfinium. The remainder of the relics remain in Venice: they were transferred to the church of San Geremia when the church of Santa Lucia was demolished in the 19th century to make way for the new railway terminus. A century later, on 7 November 1981, thieves stole all her bones, except her head. Police recovered them five weeks later, on her feast day. Other parts of the corpse have found their way to Rome, Naples, Verona, Lisbon, Milan, as well as Germany and France.

Her brief day was commonly thought to be the shortest day of the year, as can be seen in John Donne's poem, "A Nocturnal upon St. Lucie's Day, being the shortest day" (1627). The poem begins with: "'Tis the year's midnight, and it is the day's," and expresses, in a mourning piece, the withdrawal of the world-spirit into sterility and darkness, where "The world's whole sap is sunk.”

This timing, and her name meaning light, is a factor in the particular devotion to St. Lucy in Scandinavian countries, where young girls dress as the saint in honor of the feast. A special devotion to St. Lucy is present in the Italian regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, in the North of the country, and Sicily, in the South.

The feast is a Catholic celebrated holiday with roots that can be traced back to Sicily. On 13th of every December it is celebrated with large traditional feasts of home made pasta and various other Italian dishes, with a special dessert of wheat in hot chocolate milk. The large grains of soft wheat are representative of her eyes and are a treat only to be indulged in once a year.

In Omaha, Nebraska, the Santa Lucia Festival is celebrated each summer. It was founded in 1925 by Italian Immigrant Grazia Buonafede Caniglia, and continues to this day. A statue of Saint Lucy is paraded through the streets of downtown Omaha, along with a First class relic, made of the physical body of Saint Lucy.
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Festival: Christmas (Santa Lucia)
Total Points: 26
2/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 5 (Tripe)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 01:04:07 PM
Santa Lucia is the day on which Christmas starts as far as I'm concerned, it's the day the Christmas music begins to be played, the day the tree and other decorations go up, and the day that (starting this year, based on a suggestion last year from Onil) the day Ann and I each eat a chocolate eyeball that have sat on their own special plate for a bit. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 21, 2011, 01:10:19 PM
 :o Wow, that Saint Lucy story was fucked up! Eye gouging, eyeballs on plates, Luci Fulci would LOVE it!

I get the idea this is one Christmas celebrationGary and Erin from Hor-Riff-ic Productions like a lot.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 01:24:08 PM
I like significant numbers and Santa Lucia is 12 days before Christmas, all the decorations come down 12 days after. :)

Okay, back later with some more.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 21, 2011, 01:30:15 PM
I like significant numbers and Santa Lucia is 12 days before Christmas, all the decorations come down 12 days after. :)

Okay, back later with some more.

"On the first day of Christmas and my true love gave to me eyeballs on a plate."

Doesn't have the same lyricism, does it?"
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Compound on December 21, 2011, 01:30:41 PM
Santa Lucia is the day on which Christmas starts as far as I'm concerned, it's the day the Christmas music begins to be played,

It's September 3rd?

(I'll note that I saw Easter candy in the grocery store last week. The Charlie Brown Christmas Special was waaaay ahead of its time.))
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: ColeStratton on December 21, 2011, 03:22:15 PM
I am APPALLED at the lack of love for Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas from anyone but me.

CHRISTMAS IS CANCELED.

You may proceed with Kwanza.

--The Management
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 21, 2011, 03:51:55 PM
I am APPALLED at the lack of love for Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas from anyone but me.

CHRISTMAS IS CANCELED.

You may proceed with Kwanza.

--The Management

Before my time, plus they never showed it up here in Canada.  CBC DID, however, show Fraggle Rock.  Also, I loved the Sesame Street Christmas Special, particularly Ernie and Bert recreating "the Gift of the Magi."

I'll have to watch it sometime.  I love Jim Henson and the Nightmare was pretty cool.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 03:52:30 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#35 - Kevin McCallister
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure, I can tell you all about Kevin McCallister

Lights, please: Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy, who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. While initially relishing time by himself, he is later greeted by two would-be burglars played by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci. Kevin eventually manages to outwit them with a series of booby traps. The film also features Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Devin Ratray, Roberts Blossom, and John Candy. As of 2009, Home Alone was the highest grossing comedy of all time.

Culkin was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, becoming the youngest actor ever to be nominated for the award at the age of 11. The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

The McCallister family prepares to spend Christmas with Peter and Frank's brother Rob in Paris, gathering at Peter and Kate's home in a suburb of Chicago the night before their flight. Eight-year-old Kevin, their youngest son, finds himself the subject of ridicule from his siblings and cousins. After getting into an argument with his older brother Buzz, he is sent to the third floor bedroom of the house, where he wishes his family would disappear. During the night, a power outage resets the alarm clocks and causes the family to oversleep. In the confusion and rush to reach the airport on time, Kevin is left behind and the family does not realize it until they are already airborne. Once in Paris, his mother and father desperately try to book a flight home.

Meanwhile, Kevin wakes up to find the house empty and is overjoyed to find that his wish came true. He takes Buzz's life savings, practices shooting with Buzz's BB gun, jumps on the bed, watches a gangster film, and eats a large amount of junk food. However, he finds himself scared by the appearance of the Chicago Police Department called by his parents to check on him, his next door neighbor "Old Man" Marley, who was rumored to have murdered his family many years earlier, and the appearance of The Wet Bandits, Harry Lyme and Marv Merchants, who are breaking into other vacant houses on the block.

On Christmas Eve, Kevin overhears Harry and Marv discussing plans for breaking into his house that night. After conversing with a Santa Claus impersonator and watching a local choir perform in a church, he comes across Marley. The two of them talk, and he learns that Marley is in fact a very nice man and the rumors about him are not true. He tells Kevin he is watching the choir because his granddaughter is in it, and he never gets to see her because he and his son have not spoken in years after a big argument they had. Kevin advises him to reconcile with his son.

After leaving the church, Kevin heads home and sets up various booby traps inside the house. Harry and Marv break in. After the two spring every trap in the house, Kevin flees to the second floor of the house and dials 911. They chase him out of the house and he flees to the vacant neighboring home. The Wet Bandits catch him when he runs to the top of the stairs and hang him on a coat hook on the door. Marley has sneaked up behind them and knocks them out with a snow shovel and takes Kevin home. Shortly after, they are arrested.

Kevin wakes up the next morning and is disappointed to see that his family is still gone. He then hears Kate enter the house, calling for him. He goes downstairs and the two of them meet and reconcile. Immediately after, the rest of the McCallisters, having traveled directly from Paris to Chicago, arrive. Kevin keeps silent about his encounter with Harry and Marv, although Peter finds Harry's missing gold tooth and wonders what it is. Kevin and Buzz have a moment of reconciliation. He then goes over to the window and sees Marley greeting his son and his family. As he is hugging his granddaughter, he looks up to see Kevin. He waves at him and Kevin waves back, smiling. He watches as Marley heads inside with his family. However, Buzz interrupts him by calling out, "Kevin! What did you do to my room?" He immediately runs there and the film ends.
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 26
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 15 (ColeStratton)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 21, 2011, 03:55:34 PM
Damn, Home Alone reminds me that I forgot to put anyone from Planes Trains & Automobiles on my list. I loved that movie.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 21, 2011, 03:59:13 PM
Damn, Home Alone reminds me that I forgot to put anyone from Planes Trains & Automobiles on my list. I loved that movie.

Oh, goddammit. That's another space out on my part! Oh well, par for the LOC.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 04:14:27 PM
Okay I'm suddenly unsure about the next one, a number of you had a character listed that I assume was meant to be the MSTed character from a film that shares his name, however there have been a number of films with the same name and the character is also just a anthropomorphic personification for the effects of a cold snap in the weather. So, if you had this on your list could you quickly let me know which one you meant? :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 21, 2011, 04:15:16 PM
Huh.  Now that I think about it, I don't think of it as a Christmas movie.  It's just a funny movie.  I could watch it any time of the year.  

*edit* Planes and Trains and Das Autos, I mean.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 21, 2011, 04:29:44 PM
Well it's about two men heading home for the holidays. If Home Alone is a Christmas movie, so is Planes Trains & Automobiles.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: CJones on December 21, 2011, 04:36:45 PM
I am APPALLED at the lack of love for Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas from anyone but me.

CHRISTMAS IS CANCELED.

You may proceed with Kwanza.

--The Management

I would have included him if it hadn't been so long since I last saw it that I completely forgot about it's existence.

As for Droppo, I intentionally left him off my list because, quite frankly, I loath that episode and Droppo in particular. I did however intend to include either Lupita or Pitch from Santa Clause, but after switching between the two multiple times I accidentally left both off.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 21, 2011, 05:59:22 PM
I am APPALLED at the lack of love for Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas from anyone but me.

CHRISTMAS IS CANCELED.

You may proceed with Kwanza.

--The Management
Hey, I just found out that is on Netflix Instant! Awesome! I always wanted to check that out.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 07:42:47 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#34 - Jack Frost
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about

Lights, please: Jack Frost is a sprite-like character with roots in Viking lore. There, he is known as Jokul Frosti ("icicle frost"). In Britain and United States, Jack is a variant of Old Man Winter and is held responsible for frosty weather, for nipping the nose and toes in such weather, coloring the foliage in autumn, and leaving fernlike patterns on cold windows in winter. Although he has no connection with Christianity, he is sometimes hijacked to appear in modern secular Christmas entertainments, usually as a member of Santa Claus's entourage. He sometimes appears in literature, film, television, song, and video games as a sinister mischief maker.

In L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902), Jack Frost is the son of the otherwise unnamed Frost King. He takes pleasure in nipping "scores of noses and ears and toes," but Santa Claus, who likes Jack (who he sees as a "jolly rogue") though he mistrusts him, asks him to spare the children. Jack says he will, if he can resist the temptation. The same Jack appears in The Runaway Shadows, a short story by Baum. In this story, he has the power to freeze shadows, separating them from their owners, making them their own living entities.

In Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series, a character emerges as the original Jack Frost. Jack Frost has appeared as a minor character in the Rupert Bear stories, and in Jack of Fables the titular character became Jack Frost for a period of time. A second Jack Frost appears as the son of Jack Horner and The Snow Queen. In the Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows, Jack Frost is an antagonist who wants to freeze Fairyland. He is accompanied by pesky goblins who steal fairies.

Jack Frost also appears in First Death in Nova Scotia, a poem by Elizabeth Bishop.
Jack appears in the novels Reaper Man and Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and The Veil trilogy of novels by Christopher Golden.
In comic books, Jack Frost appears as a superhero in works published by Timely Comics (now Marvel Comics) in the 1940s. A man covered in ice, he could project ice and cold.

Jack Frost, a Russian film from 1964, has the Russian title Morozko — the Russian equivalent of Jack Frost. The film deals with Ivan (Eduard Izotov) and Nastenka (Natalya Sedykh), who go through the strangest situations to be with one another. Ivan is transformed by a Mushroom Pixie into a bear and is almost baked by an evil witch who controls trees. Nastenka is given the Cinderella treatment by her mother and her sister, who is jealous of her long braided hair. Jack Frost (Aleksandr Khvylya) himself doesn't appear until late in the movie.

Mike and the bots riff "But I'm nine!" for the part when Ivan proposes to Nastenka - and indeed the actress does look young. In case you are wondering, the actress Natalya Sedykh was born in 1948 and so she was 16 or 17 when she filmed this movie. Either way she's going to be turning 63 in 2011, so stop worrying.

The character of Jack Frost appears in three American films, two of them named simply Jack Frost. In one Jack Frost, a serial killer turns into a snowman and continues his rampage. This movie spawned a sequel: Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman, also starring this version of Jack Frost. In the other Jack Frost film, Michael Keaton plays a human by the name of Jack Frost, who gets killed in a car-crash on Christmas Eve. A year later he returns as a snowman to spend time with his son. Jack Frost appears as the title character in a 1934 release of Ub Iwerks's ComiColor Cartoons, and Martin Short plays "Jack Frost" in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. In this film, Jack is jealous of the attention that Santa Claus receives and schemes to replace him.

Prior to the popularity of television, Jack Frost appeared in the children's radio serial The Cinnamon Bear. In television, Jack Frost (voiced by Paul Frees) makes an appearance in Frosty's Winter Wonderland where he grows jealous of Frosty the Snowman because of the attention the children lavish upon him. He tries to render Frosty lifeless by stealing his magic hat, but eventually has a change of heart when chosen as the best man at Frosty and Crystal's wedding. He reappears in Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July. In a Rankin-Bass Christmas TV special of 1979, Jack Frost, the title character (voiced by Robert Morse) falls in love with a human girl and seeks to become human. Father Winter grants his wish, but tells him that if he does not have a house, a horse, a bag of gold, and a wife by "the first sign of spring" he will become a sprite again.

Jack Frost is a character in video games including AdventureQuest, Killing Floor, City of Villains, Guild Wars, Granado Espada, and RuneScape. Frost also functions as a trademark character for the game-developer Atlus and as a mascot of the Megami Tensei series, like Persona 3, and Persona 4, where he appears as a persona of the magician arcana and, learns mainly bufu skills.

Jethro Tull and Saint Vitus both have songs alluding to Jack Frost. The radio station WRHS-FM 89.7 in Norridge, Illinois brands its holiday music format "Jack Frost". The name has been employed as a pseudonym by musicians Bob Dylan and Jack Dempsey. Jack Rosenberg (later known as "Werner Erhard") used it as a nickname while selling cars in Philadelphia in the 1950s.
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 08:01:11 PM
*And "FUCK" I just thought of the Wintersmith

Dammit, me too, having read you mention him. I love that book and the whole symbolic morris dance thing. It's awesome; it's essentially a folk tradition created from mostly scratch. Probably the best of the Tiffany books though I do like I Shall Wear Midnight a great deal.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 21, 2011, 08:01:49 PM
Yay! Jack Frost!

And I actually quite like the MST3K of Jack Frost as well. 

Fuck yeah! Frost! Had him at #20.

(http://www.midnightonly.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mst3k-5-jack-frost.jpg)

"Admittedly, it's a design flaw."
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 08:46:01 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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# 33- The Magi
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about

Lights, please: In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'" Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another path.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/BCVnuEWXQcg

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 09:05:02 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#32 - Zwarte Piet
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Zwarte Piet

Lights, please: In the folklore and legends of the Netherlands and Belgium, Zwarte Piet (meaning Black Pete) is a companion of Saint Nicholas (Dutch: Sinterklaas) whose yearly feast in the Netherlands is usually celebrated on the evening of 5 December (Sinterklaas-avond, that is St. Nicolas Eve) and 6 December in Belgium, when they distribute sweets and presents to all good children.

The characters of Zwarte Pieten appear only in the weeks before Saint Nicholas's feast, first when the saint is welcomed with a parade as he arrives in the country (generally by boat, having traveled from Madrid, Spain). The tasks of the Zwarte Pieten are mostly to amuse children, and to scatter pepernoten, Kruidnoten and "strooigoed" (special sinterklaas-candies) for those who come to meet the saint as he visits stores, schools, and other places.

The first origin of Zwarte Piet can probably found by the god Wodan (often written as Odin). Riding the white horse Sleipnir he flew through the air and was the leader of the Wild Hunt. He was always accompanied by two black ravens, Huginn and Muninn. Those helpers would listen, just like Zwarte Piet, at the chimney - which was just a hole in the roof at that time - to tell Wodan about the good and bad behaviours of the mortals. During the Christianization, Pope Gregory I argued that conversions were easier if people were allowed to retain the outward forms of their traditions, while claiming that the traditions were in honour of the Christian God. Saint Nicolas tradition is one of them, converting Wodan to a Christian counterpart.

According to myths dating to the beginning of the 19th century, Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) operated by himself or in the companionship of a devil. Having triumphed over evil, it was said that on Saint Nicholas Eve, the devil was shackled and made his slave. A devil as a helper of the Saint can also still be found in Austrian Saint Nicholas tradition in the character of Krampus.

Some sources indicate that in Germanic Europe, Zwarte Piet originally was such a mastered devil forced to assist his captor, but the character emerged in the 19th century within the Netherlands as a companion of Saint Nicholas resembling a Moor. Saint Nicholas is said to come from Turkey. The relation of Zwarte Piet with Haji Firuz is incredibly close, Haji Firuz is a traditional herald of Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration, exactly black in the face and comes with Amoo Nowruz a white bearded old man who brings gifts for the children counter part of Western Santa.

The introduction of this new Zwarte Piet was paired with a change in the attitude of the Sinterklaas character that was often shown as being quite rough against bad children himself and thought unbefitting of a Bishop by teachers and priests. Soon after the introduction of Zwarte Piet as Sinterklaas' helper, both characters adapted to a softer character.

Still, the lyrics of older traditional Sinterklaas songs warn that while Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten will leave well-behaved children presents, they will punish those who have been very naughty. For example they will take bad children and carry these children off in a burlap sack to their homeland of Spain, where, according to legend, Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten dwell out of season. These songs and stories also warned that a child who has been only slightly naughty will not get a present, but a "roe", which is a bundle of birch twigs, (as a warning they could have gotten a birching instead) or will simply receive a lump of coal instead of gifts.

Until the second half of the 20th century, Saint Nicholas' helper was not too bright, in line with the old colonial traditions. Once immigration started from the former colonised countries Zwarte Piet became a much more respected assistant of Saint Nicholas, who is often a bit inattentive, but playfull.

According to the more modern Saint Nicholas legend, a Zwarte Piet is a servant who accompanies Saint Nicholas on his holiday travels. In some versions, Saint Nicholas is said to have liberated a young slave named Peter, who decided to serve Nicholas. Zwarte Piet is today commonly depicted as a black person in the colorful pantaloons, feathered cap and ruffles of a Renaissance European page, a tradition that started based on a single illustration in a book published in 1850.
Zwarte Pieten are often portrayed as mischievous but rarely mean-spirited characters. The character is believed to have been derived from pagan traditions of evil spirits. Also told for decades is a story that the Zwarte Pieten are black because of chimney soot and/or in mockery of the darker Spanish occupiers of the Low Countries in centuries past.

During recent years the role of Zwarte Pieten has become part of a recurring debate in the Netherlands. Controversial practices include holiday revellers blackening their faces, wearing afro wigs, gold jewellery and bright red lipstick, and walking the streets throwing candy to passers-by.

Foreign tourists, particularly Americans and Brits, often experience culture shock upon encountering the character (to dress in blackface is considered offensive in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries). Since the last decade of the 20th century there have been several attempts to introduce a new kind of Zwarte Piet to the Dutch population, where the Zwarte Pieten replaced their traditional black make-up with all sorts of colours. In 2006 the NPS (en: Dutch Programme Foundation) as an experiment replaced the black Pieten by rainbow-coloured Pieten, but in 2007 reverted to the traditional all-black Pieten.

The tradition continues to be popular in the Netherlands, though some activists have been moved to protest against it. Four people wearing t-shirts saying "Zwarte Piet is racist" were arrested in the second weekend of November 2011.

The largest Sinterklaas celebration in Western Canada, slated for 3 December 2011 in New Westminster, British Columbia, was cancelled for the first time since its inception in 1985 after clashes of opinion surrounding the traditional character Zwarte Piet or "Black Peter". Rather than leaving out Zwarte Piet, the organizers decided to cancel the festivities as a whole, because, as spokesperson Tako Slump of the organization said:

"We got a lot of replies back from our customers in the Dutch community," he said. "It became pretty clear to us that we love Sinterklaas and we can't have it without Black Peter. Those two go together,"
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 09:09:44 PM
Oh and I think that's it for now, but I'll be back in a few hours with a double does of characters for those who like man's best friend.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 21, 2011, 09:10:17 PM
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 09:12:43 PM
Yes indeedy, he's fascinatingly horrendous is he not?

Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 21, 2011, 09:20:06 PM
What's interesting is that while that does inform the origin of Piet, the way he's portrayed in speech is often with a comedy Surinamese accent, so it's say like somebody British doing an exaggerated Jamaican accent or a French person doing a ludicrous Haitian accent. It's one of the most dodgy traditions but it's also fascinating due to that.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 06:47:47 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#31 - Olive, the Other Reindeer
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Olive, the Other Reindeer.

Lights, please: Olive, the Other Reindeer is a CGI animated Christmas television special written by Steve Young, and directed by Oscar Moore. The feature was produced by Matt Groening's The Curiosity Company and animated by DNA Productions. It first aired on December 17, 1999 on Fox produced by 20th Century Fox Television, and Flower Films. The special combines paperlike character art in 3-D environments. Sometimes, traditional animation is used.

The story was based on the 1997 children's book by Vivian Walsh and illustrated by J. Otto Seibold. Drew Barrymore voices the titular character, and also featured are the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Peter MacNicol, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Ed Asner, Tim Meadows, Billy West, and Michael Stipe.

The title is a pun on "All of the other reindeer", a line from the classic Christmas song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The story follows a dog named Olive (voiced by Drew Barrymore), who does not act at all like a dog. When she returns home from some errands, she finds her owner, Tim (voiced by Jay Mohr), putting away Christmas decorations and announcing morosely that there "won't be any Christmas".

Olive eventually finds out that this is because Blitzen, one of Santa's reindeer, is injured and can not fly. Santa hopes he can make the Christmas run with "all of the other reindeer". Mishearing this on the radio as "Olive the other reindeer", Olive becomes convinced that it is she Santa is referring to, prompting her to travel to the North Pole to fill in on the sleigh team. On the way to the bus station, Olive runs into an evil mailman (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) who is fed up with the stress of having to deliver the heavy loads of mail during the Christmas rush. He is vengeful towards Santa for being repeatedly put on his "Naughty" list and is determined to stop Olive from saving Christmas. She then meets Martini, a con artist penguin (voiced by Joe Pantoliano).

After buying from him a "Rolexxx," Olive goes to the "Mauvehound" bus station to buy a ticket to Arctic Junction. Martini shows up, and Olive buys him a bus ticket out of pity. Before they can leave the station, Olive is captured by the evil mailman, who tells people that Olive is wanted on several counts of mail fraud, such as "licking self-adhesive stamps and not mailing early for the holidays". After pleading to Martini to help her, Martini rolls several pens along the ground, tripping up the mailman. Martini and Olive then catch the bus right before it leaves, with the mailman watching them drive away.

On the bus, Olive and Martini talk to the Eskimos (voiced by Billy West) and Richard Stans (voiced by Tim Meadows). They all believe Olive misheard Santa, but wish her luck anyway. The mailman pulls up next to the bus in his mail truck, but Martini fashions a paper airplane out of stationery and throws it at the mailman, knocking him off the road. When they arrive at Arctic Junction, there is a one-hour wait for the next bus, so they go inside the restaurant for some food. After failing to rally everyone to support Olive, they order some food. The group does not know that their waitress is really the mailman, dressed up with a blue wig and a nametag that reads "Flo." The mailman lures Olive outside, saying that Santa is going to give her a flying test. Then, once outside, he throws Olive inside his truck. While he is driving away, Olive finds a package addressed to her from "Deus Ex Machina." The package is a metal file Olive uses to escape.

Back at the Junction, Richard says he can not give Olive and Martini a ride, because he is needed at the depot, and does not want to lose his job. The two go inside the Top of the World Bar, and are initially harassed by Round John Virgin and Schnitzel, Blitzen's flightless cousin. They apologize for their behavior and Round John Virgin offers Martini and Olive a ride to the North Pole in his vehicle, named The Polar Express. At the North Pole, Olive is denied entrance to see Santa, but Martini gives the guard a watch as if it was a gift from Santa. When the guard asks Martini to fix it, he says he needs to kill the alarm, because the electromagnetic waves will interfere with the signal from a satellite. Olive digs under the fence, and proceeds to find Santa. Besides Blitzen's injury, he's not sure he wants to go out on Christmas Eve, because he's received mean-spirited letters from some children. Olive convinces him that the mean letters from children are really from the mailman, since they have no postmark, and is put with the other reindeer to fly Santa's sleigh.

Before they leave, the mailman switches the toy bag with his own bag of junk mail and kidnaps Martini. After the sleigh lands at the first house and Olive realizes what has happened, Olive uses the mailman's scent to track him and scares the mailman out of his wits as he thinks Olive is a Ghost. Martini uses a jack-in-the-box to scare the mailman, who hits the window and is knocked unconscious. They retrieve the presents and rescue Martini, and then deliver the presents to the world

Lost in a fog, Olive guides them back to the North Pole by smelling the gingerbread cookies Ms. Claus baked. As a present, Olive is given a pair of antlers to wear. She goes home and makes amends with Tim, who is glad that she does not care if she is different from other dogs.

Meantime, bound with packing tape and cardboard wings, the mailman is put in the penguin exhibit in the zoo in place of Martini, and Martini becomes the new mailman, while everyone enjoys Christmas Day.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/7QfdLbpITc0

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 22, 2011, 07:15:04 AM
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#31 - Olive, the Other Reindeer
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 34
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 9 (Anais)

Completely forgot about Olive. I think the one drawback to this list was the complete lack of those big example lists that are so good for jogging one's memory about such things.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 07:43:41 AM
Yes, you'd think, given the universality of solstice centred festivals, that there would be a good list somewhere but there really wasn't.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 22, 2011, 07:48:44 AM
Yes, you'd think, given the universality of solstice centred festivals, that there would be a good list somewhere but there really wasn't.

Seriously, when this list is done, it'll be the most comprehensive holiday character list on the innerwebs.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 12:26:26 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#30 - Max, the Grinch's dog
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure, I can tell you all about Max, the Grinch's dog

but I think I'll save it for
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 22, 2011, 12:31:52 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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# 33- The Magi
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about

Lights, please: In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'" Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another path.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/BCVnuEWXQcg

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 32
2/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 4 (Tripe)


Did you lump my vote in for Balthazar with this, Tripe? 
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 22, 2011, 12:32:58 PM
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 :D

A pom would put a serious dent in Krampus' BAMF cred.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 12:33:32 PM
Did you lump my vote in for Balthazar with this, Tripe?

Nope. Sadly had his two individual votes been for the group in total they would have been a fair bit higher on the list.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 22, 2011, 12:37:41 PM
oh good that you didn't just consolidate the individuals votes because fuck those two other feebs.

And oh well, c'est la vie.  Balthazar doesn't a need to be on any lists to confirm his badassery.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 12:39:18 PM
It was a judgement call and I thought, as long as they're on the list anyway, no point massaging their numbers any more. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 12:53:18 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

(http://www.popscreen.com/assets/thumbs/v/original/3431281rgk_o.jpg)
#29 - Clark Wilhelm Griswold Jr.
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(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/Holiday%20Characters%20LOC/Linus-1.jpg)
Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure, I can tell you all about Clark Wilhelm Griswold Jr.

Lights, please: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by John Hughes, based on his short story in National Lampoon Magazine, Christmas ‘59. The title song was written for the movie by the husband-wife songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and was performed by Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers fame.
Since its release in 1989, Christmas Vacation has received critical acclaim and is often considered a modern holiday classic.

Chicago resident Clark Wilhelm Griswold Jr. (Chevy Chase) has really got the Christmas spirit this year, and his wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (Johnny Galecki), and daughter Audrey (Juliette Lewis) have noticed that. On a quest for "The Griswold Family Christmas Tree," Clark has planned a "good, old-fashioned family Christmas." His family is wary of his plans, but Clark is oblivious.

Clark has invited Ellen's parents Art Smith (E. G. Marshall) and Francis Smith (Doris Roberts), his own parents Clark Wilhelm Griswold Sr (John Randolph) and Nora Griswold (Diane Ladd), and his Aunt Bethany (Mae Questel) and Uncle Lewis (William Hickey) to spend the holidays at the Griswold house in Chicago. But in spite of all the good intentions and careful planning, Christmas plans start to go awry.

Clark is obsessed with making everything go perfectly during the holiday season, but as soon as everyone arrives, things start going haywire, especially when the Griswolds receive some uninvited surprise guests from Kansas -- cousin Catherine (Miriam Flynn), her sloppy husband Eddie (Randy Quaid), and two of their kids, Rocky (Cody Burger) and Ruby Sue (Ellen Hamilton Latzen), who have arrived in their old RV.

Clark decorates the outside of the house with 250 strands of lights with 100 bulbs on each strand for a total of 25,000 light bulbs, enough to make the power company turn on their auxiliary nuclear generator. Clark also annoys his snobby next door neighbors, Todd Chester (Nicholas Guest) and his wife Margo (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Also, Clark has nostalgic moments of Christmas past when he is accidentally locked in the attic, and watches an old home movie from a past Christmas (which ends with the attic door was opened and he fell out of the attic).

Even with his bumbling ways, Clark, who works for a company that produces food colorings, additives, and preservatives, manages to keep things going as he waits for his Christmas bonus from work so he'll have enough money to have a swimming pool put in the back yard.

But it turns out that Clark's boss, a scrooge whose name is Frank Shirley (Brian Doyle Murray), has decided to cut Christmas bonuses this year, without informing his employees. And Clark learns that Eddie and his family have lost their home, and are living in the RV. And in the place of his Christmas bonus, Clark is enrolled in the "Jelly of the Month" club. That causes Clark to snap and unleash a string of insults regarding Frank.

This situation gives Eddie the idea for the perfect Christmas gift for Clark after Clark offers to help Eddie treat Rocky and Ruby Sue to a good Christmas -- Eddie goes to Frank's house, puts Frank in the RV, and brings Frank to the Griswold house, so Eddie and the Griswolds can help Frank see the error of his ways.

Frank finally sees reason about the Christmas bonuses. A SWAT team, called by Frank's wife Helen (Natalia Nogulich), raids the home, but Frank explains that it's all a misunderstanding and admits he was wrong to withhold bonuses from his employees. He then decides to give Clark his bonus, along with an added 20%.

Uncle Lewis's cigar ignites the gas from the sewage Eddie had earlier dumped down the storm drain while emptying the holding tank on his RV, blasting a Santa ornament into the sky. Everyone watches the strange but touching sight, whilst Aunt Bethany sings a part of The Star-Spangled Banner, as Clark realizes his dream of the perfect family Christmas. The Santa and reindeer lawn ornaments fly across the sky, having been propelled by the explosion.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/qTwXudZTWQA

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 35
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 9 (D.B. Barnes)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 22, 2011, 12:57:01 PM
Caspar is the black one, right? I can't think of any other way to differentiate Balthazar and Melchior.

Balthazar is the one who usually gets the blackface treatment.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 01:22:01 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#28 - The Chanukah Zombie
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about the Chanukah Zombie

Lights, please: Just as Robot Santa represents X-mas, and Kwanzaa-bot represents Kwanzaa, the Chanukah Zombie is the holiday figure for Chanukah. He held a luau at the B'nai B'rith on Xmas Eve 3002, inviting Santa and Kwanzaa-bot (3ACV03). According to the media he was once wanted by the police.

During Xmas 3007, he became a victim of the scammers and, to get revenge, formed the Holiday Trinity with his friends, Kwanzaa-bot and Robot Santa. He helped construct weapons to aid in the recapturing of Earth from the scammers.

His trademark TIE starfighter  is most likely a reference to the voice actor's prominent role, as Luke Skywalker , in the Original trilogy .
Has an odd ability of being able to turn his eyes red. This is possibly done by flooding his eyes with blood. He has made the following apperences:
  • A Tale of Two Santas (mentioned)
  • Bender's Big Score
  • Into the Wild Green Yonder (cameo)
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Festival: Chanukah
Total Points: 36
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (Anais)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 01:22:44 PM
And if anyone can point me to a good vid for that entry I'd very much appreciate that.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 01:54:14 PM


Isn't there anyone who knows all about

(http://www.lowbird.com/data/images/2011/10/gremlins-gizmo.jpg)
#27 - Gizmo
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Gizmo

Lights, please: Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature—called a Mogwai—as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. It was followed by a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, released in 1990. In contrast to the lighter sequel, the original Gremlins opts for more black comedy, which is balanced against a Christmas-time setting. Both films were the center of large merchandising campaigns.

Steven Spielberg was the film's executive producer and the screenplay was written by Chris Columbus. The film stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo. Gremlins was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics. However, the film was also heavily criticized for some of its more violent sequences. In response to this, and to similar complaints about other films (notably Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), Steven Spielberg suggested that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reform its rating system, which it did within two months of the film's release.

While searching for a Christmas present for his teenage son, inventor Randall Peltzer (Hoyt Axton) discovers a small, furry creature called a Mogwai in an antique store in Chinatown. The owner of the store refuses to sell the Mogwai to Randall on the grounds that owning one is too great a responsibility. However, as Randall is leaving the store, the owner's grandson (John Louie) sells Randall the creature stating that the family needs the money. The boy gives Randall three specific instructions in caring for the Mogwai: never expose it to bright light (especially sunlight, which will kill it); never get it wet (which will make it multiply); and, most importantly: never, ever feed it after midnight. Randall takes the Mogwai, which he gives the name "Gizmo", to his family in the town of Kingston Falls.

The following evening, Randall gives Gizmo to his son Billy (Zach Galligan). A glass of water is accidentally spilled on Gizmo, causing him to convulse and produce five new Mogwai from his own body. One of the Mogwai, dubbed Stripe for his white quiff of hair, acts as their leader, but is very hostile to Gizmo. Curious to learn more about Mogwai, Billy takes Gizmo to his science teacher, Mr. Hanson (Glynn Turman), and produces a sixth new Mogwai. Leaving the new Mogwai with Mr. Hanson, on which he will conduct tests, Billy returns home, and the other five Mogwai trick him into feeding them after midnight by biting the cord of his alarm clock. In the morning, Billy discovers the Mogwai have turned into cocoons. Gizmo, having virtuously refused the food earlier, remains unchanged.

In the meantime, the sixth Mogwai steals Hanson's sandwich and cocoons itself. During a film, it hatches and breaks out of its cage, hiding in the dark corners of the room. Hanson tries to reason with it and bribe it with a candy bar, but the Mogwai eats it and Hanson's hand, killing him. Billy arrives and finds the Mogwai has turned into a reptilian monster. Elsewhere, the other Mogwai hatch into "gremlins", mischievous reptilian creatures with sharp teeth and claws. They attack Billy's mother (Frances Lee McCain). Mrs. Peltzer is able to escape with Billy's help, and the gremlins are killed. Stripe escapes and leaps into a swimming pool, creating hundreds of new gremlins who go on a rampage through the town. Billy and Gizmo rescue Billy's girlfriend Kate Beringer (Phoebe Cates) when the Gremlins overrun the tavern where she works. Billy, Kate, and Gizmo discover that the gremlins have temporarily stopped their rampage and have assembled in the local movie theater to watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The three set off an explosion that kills the gremlins and destroys the theater, but Stripe again escapes.

Billy follows Stripe into a department store nearby, and Stripe leaps into a water fountain, intending to multiply again. Before he can multiply, Gizmo opens a set of window blinds, causing sunlight to pour into the store, killing Stripe. As the Peltzers recover from the rampage, the antique store owner arrives to claim Gizmo, claiming that the Western world is not yet ready for the responsibilites that come with caring for a Mogwai, but that Billy may someday be ready to properly care for Gizmo.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/2u5DdAmg1ss

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 38
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 10 (D.B. Barnes)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 22, 2011, 03:09:44 PM
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#29 - Clark Wilhelm Griswold Jr.
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 35
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 9 (D.B. Barnes)

Nice! The Gris is a classic holiday character for me. This is the only movie I insist on watching every christams. It's so perfect.

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#27 - Gizmo

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 38
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 10 (D.B. Barnes)


Good to see him on the list. I guess it's not surprising he isn't higher given his connection to christmas isn't all that strong.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 03:36:19 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#26 – Snow Miser & #25 Heat Miser
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Snow Miser & Heat Miser

Lights, please:
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He's Mister White Christmas
He's Mister Snow
He's Mister Icicle
He's Mister Ten Below
Friends call Him Snow Miser,
Whatever He touch
Turns to snow in his clutch
He's too much!
He never wants to know a day
That's over forty degrees
He'd rather have it thirty,
Twenty, then Five, then let it freeze!
(brrrrrrrrrrr!)
He's Mister White Christmas
He's Mister Snow
He's Mister Icicle
He's Mister Ten Below
Friends call Him Snow Miser,
Whatever He touch
Turns to snow in my clutch,
Too much.
Too Much!
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He's Mister Green Christmas
He's Mister Sun
He's Mister Heat Blister
He's Mister Hundred and One
They call me Heat Miser,
Whatever He touch
Starts to melt in His clutch
He's too much!
Thank you!
He never wants to know a day
That's under sixty degrees
He'd rather have it eighty,
Ninety, one hundred's a breeze!
Oh, some like it hot, but He likes it
REALLY hot! Hee hee!
He's Mister Green Christmas
He's Mister Sun
Sing it!
He's Mister Heat Blister
He's Mister Hundred and One
They call Him Heat Miser,
Whatever He touch
Starts to melt in His clutch
He’s too much!
Too Much!
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http://www.youtube.com/v/yon2YuXssvo
Snow Miser:
Festival: Christmas
Total Points:45
4/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 5 (Darth Geek)

Heat Miser:
Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 45
5/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 12 (D.B. Barnes)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 22, 2011, 04:01:36 PM
Really?! Heat Miser was on more lists than Snow Miser? Maybe his accociation with Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin hurt his standings...
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 04:20:55 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

(http://images.wikia.com/en.futurama/images/8/80/Kwanzaa-Bot.jpg)
#24 - Kwanzaa-bot
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(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/Holiday%20Characters%20LOC/Linus-1.jpg)
Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Kwanzaa-bot

Lights, please: Kwanzaa-bot is a robot built to hand out the traditional Kwanzaa gift, a book called What the hell is Kwanza?. Kwanzaa-bot is good friends with both the Chanukah Zombie and Robot Santa, though he failed to recognize that Santa was replaced by Bender during Xmas of 3001. In 3007 Kwanzaa-bot, forming part of the Holiday Trinity played a key role in freeing Earth from the control of the scammers.
He has had four or possibly five appearances:
  • A Tale of Two Santas
  • Bender's Big Score
  • Into the Wild Green Yonder (cameo)
  • The Mutants Are Revolting (cameo)
  • The Futurama Holiday Spectacular – this may or may not count
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Festival: Kwanzaa
Total Points: 46
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 1 (Anais)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 04:21:47 PM
Same deal as with The Chanukah Zombie.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 04:46:57 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#23 - Kris Kringle
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Kris Kringle

Lights, please: Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written by George Seaton from a story by Valentine Davies, directed by George Seaton and starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. It is the story of what takes place in New York City following Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as people are left wondering whether or not a department store Santa might be the real thing. Because of its Christmas theme, the film has become a perennial Christmas favorite.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Edmund Gwenn), Best Writing, Original Story (Valentine Davies) and Best Writing, Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture, losing to Gentleman's Agreement.

Davies also penned a short novella version of the tale, which was published by Harcourt Brace simultaneously with the film's release.

A mythical creature, also known as Kris Kringle or Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn) is indignant to find that the person (Percy Helton) assigned to play Santa in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is intoxicated. When he complains to event director Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara), she persuades Kris to take his place. He does such a fine job that he is hired to be the Santa for Macy's flagship New York City store on 34th Street.

Ignoring instructions to steer parents to goods that Macy's sells, Kris directs one shopper (Thelma Ritter) to another store for a fire engine for her son that Macy's does not have. She is so impressed, she tells Julian Shellhammer (Philip Tonge), head of the toy department, that she will become a loyal customer. Kris later informs another mother that archrival Gimbels has better skates for her daughter.

Fred Gailey (John Payne), an attorney and neighbor of Doris, is babysitting the young divorcee's six-year-old daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) and takes her to see Kris. When Doris finds out, she asks Kris to tell Susan that he is not really Santa Claus, but Kris surprises her by insisting he is.

Doris decides to fire him, worried that he is delusional and might harm someone. However, Kris has generated so much good publicity and customer goodwill for Macy's that a delighted R. H. Macy (Harry Antrim) promises Doris and Shellhammer generous bonuses. To alleviate Doris's misgivings, Shellhammer has Granville Sawyer (Porter Hall) give Kris a "psychological evaluation". Kris easily passes the test but antagonizes Sawyer by questioning Sawyer's own psychological health.

The store expands on the marketing concept. Anxious to avoid looking greedy by comparison, Gimbels implements the same referral policy throughout its entire chain, forcing Macy's and other stores to respond in kind. Eventually, Kris accomplishes the impossible: Mr. Macy shaking hands with Mr. Gimbel (Herbert Heyes).
Pierce (James Seay), the doctor at Kris's nursing home, assures Doris and Shellhammer that Kris's delusion is harmless. Meanwhile, Fred offers to let Kris stay with him so he can be closer to work. Kris makes a deal with Fred – he will work on Susan's cynicism while Fred does the same with disillusioned Doris, still unhappy about her failed marriage.

Kris learns that Sawyer has convinced a young, impressionable employee, Alfred (Alvin Greenman), that he is mentally ill simply because he is generous and kind-hearted (Alfred plays Santa Claus at his neighborhood YMCA). Kris confronts Sawyer and raps him on the head with the handle of an umbrella. Doris and Shellhammer only see the aftermath; Sawyer exaggerates his injury in order to have Kris confined to Bellevue Mental Hospital.

Tricked into cooperating and believing Doris to be part of the deception, a discouraged Kris deliberately fails his mental examination and is recommended for permanent commitment. However, Fred persuades Kris not to give up.

To secure his release, Fred gets a formal hearing before Judge Henry X. Harper (Gene Lockhart) of the New York Supreme Court. Ordered by Mr. Macy (who is determined to stand behind Kris "even if he failed twenty examinations") to get the matter dropped, Sawyer pleads with Fred not to seek publicity. To Sawyer's dismay, Fred thanks him for the idea. As a result, Judge Harper is put in an awkward spot – even his own grandchildren are against him for "persecuting" Santa Claus.

Fred quits his job at a prestigious law firm to defend Kris and has a falling out with Doris, who calls his resignation an "idealistic binge" over some "lovely intangibles." He replies that one day she might discover that they are the only worthwhile things.

At the hearing, District Attorney Thomas Mara (Jerome Cowan) gets Kris to assert that he is in fact Santa Claus and rests his case, believing he has prima facie proven his point. Fred stuns the court by arguing that Kris is not insane because he actually is Santa Claus – and he will prove it. Mara requests the judge rule that Santa Claus does not exist. Harper is warned privately in chambers by his political adviser, Charlie Halloran (William Frawley), that doing so would be disastrous for his upcoming reelection bid. The judge buys time by deciding to hear evidence before ruling.

Fred calls R.H. Macy as a witness. Mara pointedly asks if he really believes Kris to be Santa Claus. Macy starts to equivocate, but when Mara asks him point-blank, Macy remembers the expressions on the faces of small children upon seeing Kris and firmly states, "I do!" On leaving the stand, Macy fires Sawyer. Fred then calls Mara's own young son to the stand. Thomas Mara Jr. testifies that his father had told him that Santa was real and that "My daddy wouldn't tell me anything that wasn't so. Would you, daddy?" Outmaneuvered, Mara concedes the point.

Mara then demands that Fred prove that Kris is "the one and only" Santa Claus on the basis of some competent authority. While Fred searches frantically, Susan, by now a firm believer in Kris, writes him a letter to cheer him up, which Doris also signs. A mail sorter (Jack Albertson) sees that Susan's letter is addressed to the New York County Court House and realizes that the post office could clear out the many letters to Santa taking up space in its dead letter office by delivering them to Kris.

Kris is uplifted by Susan's letter. Fred learns that Kris has received over 50,000 pieces of mail. He presents Judge Harper with three letters addressed to "Santa Claus", which the U.S. Post Office has just delivered to Kris. When Harper demands that Fred produce "further exhibits", the judge finds his bench inundated with 21 bags of letters. Declining to dispute the Post Office's "legal recognition" of Kris as Santa Claus, Harper dismisses the case. Afterwards, Doris invites Kris to dinner, but he reminds her that "It's Christmas Eve!"

On Christmas morning, Susan is disillusioned because Kris was unable to get her what she told him she wanted most. As they are about to leave, Kris gives Fred and Doris a route home that avoids traffic. Along the way, Susan is overjoyed to see the house of her dreams (exactly matching the drawing she had given Kris earlier) with a For Sale sign in the front yard. Fred learns that Doris had encouraged Susan to have faith, and suggests they get married and purchase the house. He then boasts that he must be a great lawyer, since he managed to do the seemingly impossible. However, when he notices a cane leaning against the fireplace that looks just like the one Kris used, he wonders, "Maybe I didn't do such a wonderful thing after all."
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http://www.youtube.com/v/3_8SWN8-S8Y

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 48
2/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 1 (Johnny Unusual)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 05:10:23 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#22 - John McClane
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about John McClane.

Lights, please: John McClane is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Die Hard film series. He is portrayed by Bruce Willis.

John McClane was originally based on the fictional character Detective Joe Leland from Roderick Thorp's novel, Nothing Lasts Forever, along with another character, Frank Malone from Walter Wager's novel 58 Minutes (later adapted as Die Hard 2) and is somewhat based on and inspired by Dirty Harry. Die Hard villain Hans Gruber describes him as "just another American... who thinks he's John Wayne," to which McClane replies that he "was always partial to Roy Rogers.” He is described as being a foul-mouthed, wisecracking, no-nonsense New York cop with an itchy trigger finger and a never-say-die maverick spirit.
McClane's marriage is in a constant state of crisis, his vigilantism and disregard for authority have put him in danger of losing his job more than once, and he is a chain-smoker who is described as "two steps away from becoming a full blown alcoholic", which McClane jokingly upgrades to only "one step".

The trailer for the first Die Hard film states, "The last thing McClane wants is to be a hero, but he doesn't have a choice." In the second film, he is told "You're the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time", to which he replies, "The story of my life." In the fourth film, he says he gets involved in dangerous situations "because there is nobody else to do it."

In Die Hard (1988), John McClane is an Irish American detective with the New York City Police Department and has been an officer for 11 years. At the beginning of the first film, he is recently separated from his wife, Holly Gennero (Bonnie Bedelia), who is using her maiden name. Holly moved to Los Angeles several months earlier to pursue a career, leading to their separation. They have two children, Lucy and John.

On Christmas Eve, McClane visits his wife at her workplace at the Nakatomi Plaza. Simultaneously, Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) initiates his plan to steal $640 million in bearer bonds and takes the Nakatomi Company employees, including Holly, hostage, posing as terrorists to draw attention away from the theft, their final plan being to blow up the building and make it appear as though they died with the hostages in the explosion. McClane escapes detection and manages to hide throughout the building, killing the terrorists one by one. When McClane meets the terrorist's leader, Hans Gruber, a climactic battle ensues and McClane throws Gruber out the window.

After the events of Die Hard, McClane moves to Los Angeles, is promoted to lieutenant and is transferred to the Los Angeles Police Department. During this time, McClane appears to have become a national hero. Dialogue in the second film reveals that he was featured in People Magazine, did a spot on Nightline, and was referred to (by Colonel Stuart) as "the policeman hero who saved the Nakatomi hostages" along with a local news crew. In Die Hard 2 (1990), which takes place on Christmas Eve, McClane discovers that mercenaries have seized control of Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. They take control of the airport's communications and threaten to cause plane crashes unless their demands are met. Holly is traveling on one of the planes and is stranded as her plane circles overhead. McClane discovers a conspiracy between the mercenaries and an active military unit. He foils their plans and provides a visual landing signal for the circling aircraft by exploding the plane the villains were using for their exit strategy.

Bruce Willis makes a brief, uncredited celebrity cameo as McClane in the comedy National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1. In it a helicopter launches an attack upon a beach house in California. From the rubble McClane staggers out and tells him it's the wrong address. The film starred Samuel L. Jackson who would star next to Willis again in Die Hard with a Vengeance, and several other projects.

In the third film, Die Hard with a Vengeance, McClane is back in New York. He is now separated from his wife, suspended from the police force, and a borderline alcoholic. A terrorist who goes only by the name "Simon" (Jeremy Irons) threatens to blow up various locations in the city unless McClane will play his twisted version of Simon says. McClane must solve a number of riddles and challenges in order to keep the bombs from going off. He receives the reluctant help of Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson), a shopkeeper from Harlem who had saved McClane after the first challenge "Simon" had put him through. The FBI finally reveals that "Simon" is in fact Simon Peter Gruber, the brother of Hans Gruber, who is attempting to kill McClane in revenge for his brother's death in the first film. In a subsequent revelation, McClane discovers that revenge is only a timely and clever cover story to conceal the true purpose behind his terrorist activities: the forced depletion of New York's Federal Reserve. With the help of Carver, McClane tracks Simon to the Canadian border. There, in a decisive final confrontation with the latter in a helicopter, McClane puts an end to Simon's plan with a handgun and a power line.

In Live Free or Die Hard (2007), which takes place on Independence Day, McClane is assigned to take hacker Matt Farrell (Justin Long) into FBI custody (McClane is mentioned as having been on the force for 30 years at the time of this film). In this film his rank, besides being a senior detective, is detective lieutenant. They soon discover that a group of terrorists, led by Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant), are conducting a fire sale and are systematically taking out the nation's infrastructure (including power plants, traffic lights, transportation, and financial markets). McClane and his wife are divorced and McClane is not on speaking terms with his daughter, Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). During the course of the film Lucy is kidnapped by the terrorists as leverage against McClane. McClane's previous actions seem mostly forgotten, as Farrell was unaware of his past and McClane is somewhat cynical about what he did. With help from Farrell, McClane manages to yet again thwart a disaster, shooting through his own shoulder to kill Gabriel. His actions also seem to restore his relationship with his daughter or at least help restore it as the two are back on speaking terms again and Lucy introduces herself as Lucy McClane to Farrell when in the past she introduced herself as Lucy Gennero and apparently told guys her father was dead.

Throughout the films, John McClane delivers his catchphrase "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker" usually when he is about to or has just defeated the main antagonists.
McClane adopts the phrase in the first film, Die Hard, when the main antagonist, Hans Gruber, says "Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?" to which McClane replies, "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker", indicating that the phrase may have something to do with cowboys. At the end of the film, before his death at the hands of McClane, Gruber echoes the phrase in response to McClane saying "You made a pretty good cowboy yourself, Hans".
McClane repeats the phrase in the two following films. In Die Hard 2, he delivers it before lighting a trail of fuel to destroy the airplane that the antagonists are in, and in Die Hard with a Vengeance, he says it in a low voice after shooting down the helicopter which the main antagonist, Simon Peter Gruber, is flying.

In the fourth film, Live Free or Die Hard, when the main antagonist, Thomas Gabriel, is holding McClane captive with a gun to his shoulder, he says "Your tombstone should read 'always in the wrong place in the wrong time'", to which McClane replies, "How about 'yippee-ki-yay, motherfu****'?" (the last two syllables are drowned out in the gun shot since there was a significant absence of use of the word "fuck" in the film) before pulling the trigger, shooting himself in the shoulder and Gabriel in the heart in the process. In the Unrated version, the "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker" line was left uncensored before McClane shot and killed Gabriel through his shoulder.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/mPOwDIbtQ5g

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 51
4/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 7 (Compound)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 22, 2011, 05:53:26 PM
Krampus knows way more about Kwanzaa than I do.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 05:58:02 PM
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2011, 06:21:33 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#21 – The Old Man
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about The Old Man

Lights, please: A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, including material from his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. It was directed by Bob Clark. The film has since become a holiday classic and is shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season on the network TBS, often in a 24-hour marathon.

Several subplots are incorporated into the body of the film, based on other separate short stories by Shepherd. The most notable involves the Old Man's (Ralphie's father's) entering a sweepstakes, and winning a "major award". A large crate arrives, and inside is a lamp shaped like a woman's leg wearing a fishnet stocking, much to Mrs. Parker's displeasure and the Old Man's delight. The "battle of the lamp" escalates until Mrs. Parker breaks the lamp, infuriating the Old Man. The leg is the logo of the contest's sponsor, the Nehi bottling company (the details of the contest were not made clear in the film).
 Other vignettes include:
  • Ralphie's father (aka the Old Man), is almost constantly complaining or cursing about something, be it his Oldsmobile car or the family's home furnace. In the US English language, which the movie used for all dialogue, the father's cursing episodes are depicted using nonsensical gibberish.
  • While helping his father change a flat tire, Ralphie letting slip the dreaded "Queen Mother of Dirty Words," the F-dash-dash-dash word. He does this after his father knocks a hubcap from his hands, spilling the lug nuts into the snow, where they instantly disappear. Later, when asked where he'd heard the bad word, Ralphie falsely blames Schwartz, and does not mention that his father utters the word daily. After Ralphie's mother telephones Schwartz's mother to inform her that her son was responsible for passing along the bad word to Ralphie, we hear Schwartz getting what appears to be the thrashing of his life at the hands of his hysterical mother. To keep a PG rating, Billingsley says "fudge" on camera (adult Ralphie points out that he really did not say "fudge").
  • The numerous smelly and bothersome bloodhounds of the Parkers' hillbilly neighbors, the Bumpuses, including the dogs' destroying the Christmas turkey (prompting the family to go out and have Peking duck instead, resulting in a giggling fit on the parts of the mother and the boys).
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http://www.youtube.com/v/KeGjUS3K1l0

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 52
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (Imrahil)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 22, 2011, 09:21:15 PM
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#27 - Gizmo

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 38
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 10 (D.B. Barnes)


Good to see him on the list. I guess it's not surprising he isn't higher given his connection to christmas isn't all that strong.

Dude, he was a PRESENT!  That's a pretty strong connection.

Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#26 – Snow Miser & #25 Heat Miser
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I'm not a fan of the special (I've only scene it only recently.  I was a Santa Claus is Coming to Town man.  Also Jack Frost.) but I gotta say, they got awesome theme songs.

Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#23 - Kris Kringle
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I love this movie and the character.  I'm not a believer by any stretch but this might be the best film about faith ever.  I also love that it never tells us whether this is the real Santa or a sweet old man who thinks he's Santa.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 22, 2011, 09:37:02 PM
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#27 - Gizmo

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 38
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 10 (D.B. Barnes)


Good to see him on the list. I guess it's not surprising he isn't higher given his connection to christmas isn't all that strong.

Dude, he was a PRESENT!  That's a pretty strong connection.

So was Linda Evans in Mitchell. Would you call her a christmas character?


Nice to see both the Misers make the list.

Oh, by the way, look who I spotted at the local titty bar tonight.

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 06:09:20 AM
Krampus loves Hollywood strip clubs, the one where the ballerinas were tops and gigantic skirts.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 06:55:41 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#20 - George Bailey
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about George Bailey

Lights, please: George Bailey is a fictional character and the main protagonist in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. He is played by James Stewart. He is loosely based on George Pratt, a character in Philip Van Doren Stern's The Greatest Gift.

Throughout the story, George is shown as a selfless person since childhood. He saves his younger brother Harry from drowning, after Harry accidentally sleds down into icy water. Rescuing Harry causes George to lose his hearing in one ear. He saves his boss, Mr. Gower, from jail time when Gower accidentally puts poison in a customer's medicine bottle. From a young age, George always wanted to go to college and to travel and see the world; however, he keeps having to postpone the fulfillment of these ambitions, time after time.

When his uncle loses $8,000 and George does not know that his rival, Mr. Potter, has it, George is on the verge of committing suicide by jumping from a bridge; however, his guardian angel, Clarence, stops him. Clarence shows George what life in his hometown, Bedford Falls, would be like if George hadn't been born. When George realizes suicide is a mistake, he goes back to the bridge and utters his famous line, "I want to live again." He soon returns to his world, and the citizens of Bedford Falls come to greet him and donate money to replace the missing $8,000.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/Qf6e6dY1F0E

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 56
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 4 (Compound)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 07:31:04 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#19 - Pitch
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Pitch.

Lights, please: Santa Claus is a 1959 live action Mexican motion picture featuring Santa Claus. In the film, Santa works in outer space and does battle with a demon sent to Earth by Lucifer to ruin Christmas by killing Santa and "making all the children of the Earth do evil." Santa Claus was directed by René Cardona and written by Cardona and Adolfo Torres Portillo. The original film was produced in Mexico and features primarily Spanish dialog. A dubbed and slightly edited English language version was produced for U.S. release in 1960 under the direction of K. Gordon Murray. It was lampooned on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

On December 24, Santa makes preparations for his yearly journey at his Toyland castle in outerspace. He plays the organ while his children helpers from all over the world sing. Meanwhile, in hell, Lucifer instructs his chief demon Pitch to travel to Earth and turn the children of the world against Santa.

In a busy marketplace, Pitch attempts to convince five children to “make Santa Claus angry”: Lupita, a poor girl; Billy, the son of wealthy but negligent parents; and three troublemaking brothers. Pitch fails at convincing Lupita to steal a doll from a vendor but succeeds in convincing the brothers to break a shop window. Santa’s child workers alert him to these events.

Unable to travel to Earth before nightfall on Christmas Eve, he instead uses equipment to watch Pitch and the children. One device allows him to view the Lupita’s dream, induced by Pitch, in which she is tormented by life-sized dancing dolls who entice her to steal. He also listens as the three brothers plot to break into the Billy's home and steal his presents. They also attempt to write a letter to Santa claiming they have been good, but Santa's voice informs them that he can see all they do.

Merlin the Wizard, Santa's most trusted assistant, gives Santa a sleep inducing powder and a flower that allows him to disappear. He then retrieves a a magic key that will open any door on Earth from Vulcan and prepares his mechanical reindeer. On Earth, the three rude boys plot to capture and enslave Santa. Meanwhile Lupita and her mother say a prayer and Lupita says that she has wished for two dolls, one of which she will give to Baby Jesus.
During Santa's journey, Pitch makes several unsuccessful attempts to sabotage Santa's delivery of toys in Mexico City. Santa succeeds in reuniting Billy with his parents, who had left him alone to go to a restaurant. On a city rooftop, the three brothers prepare to capture Santa and steal his toys. They see Santa's sleigh in the sky and hurry indoors to find that they have only received coal. After a failed attempt to steal the sleigh, Pitch succeeds in emptying Santa's dream powder bag while Santa drops the disappearing flower.

Santa’s trip is nearly complete when he is chased by a vicious dog outside a large house in Mexico. Finding himself without the powder or the flower he climbs a tree to escape the dog. Pitch appears and proceeds to wake the household and calls the fire department to report a fire at that location, so Santa will soon be seen by many people. With dawn approaching, Merlin assists with a last-minute escape and Pitch is defeated after being doused with the spray from a fire hose.
Before returning to the castle Santa makes one final stop, leaving a doll for Lupita. His labors now completed, Santa steers the sleigh back to the castle, content in the knowledge that he has brought happiness to all of the Earth’s children.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/jEYFzoBnt7c

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 61
6/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 9 (Pak-Man)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 23, 2011, 07:54:18 AM
I'd be interested to know what Krampus' WPM is. I wonder if I could beat him.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 08:06:34 AM
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 08:13:48 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

(http://www.iselinursery.com/images/EdsBlog/ab-snow.jpg)
#18 - Bumble
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Bumble.

Lights, please: Bumble (a.k.a. The Abominable Snowman of the North) is the main antagonist who later turns to good in the 1964 Rankin/Bass television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

"Bumble," a corruption of the term "abominable snowman" was so named by Yukon Cornelius. The Snowman is a gigantic white-furred yeti with long pointed fangs along with a hairless blue face, lips, hands and feet. He pursues Hermey, Rudolph and Yukon Cornelius throughout their adventures. He is Yukon's longtime enemy, so much so that he is an expert on Bumble's strengths and weaknesses; in their first escape together as a group, the three set off to sea on an ice floe which Yukon chips from an iceberg with his pick axe since he knows that Bumble cannot float in water.

Not only does the sight of Rudolph's glowing red nose drive him into a rage, narrator Sam the Snowman explains that he hates everything to do with Christmas as well. When Rudolph's family leaves the safety of the North Pole to find him, they become prisoners of the Abominable in his cave. Yukon and Hermey lure him from his cave and away from the trapped reindeer when Hermey makes the vocal sounds of a pig; Yukon knows that Bumble would "never pass up a pork dinner for deer meat." He knocks him unconscious by dislodging some large rocks above the entrance to the cave and onto his head. Hermey then extracts all of his teeth, rendering him helpless. Yukon sees this as his chance to engage him in hand-to-hand combat. As Bumble backs away toward a bottomless ravine, he, Yukon, and his dogsled team fall over the cliff, into the ravine, and out of sight.

To the amazement of everyone in Santa's Workshop, Yukon, Bumble, and the dogsled team later come knocking at the door. The sight of Bumble frightens everyone in the room, but Yukon insists that he has reformed his evil ways and has come seeking a job. So tall is he that he is able to place the star on top of the Christmas tree without the use of a ladder.

Rudolph, who had seen Yukon and Bumble fall into the ravine, asked how he survived the fall. As an expert on the monster, Yukon was unconcerned about falling into the ravine, answering: "Didn't I tell you, boy? Bumbles bounce!"
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http://www.youtube.com/v/6hZrQQ7i_lY

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 63
4/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (D.B. Barnes)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 09:16:54 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#17 - Frosty The Snowman
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Frosty The Snowman

Lights, please: Frosty the Snowman is a popular song written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. It was written after the success of Autry's recording of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the previous year; Rollins and Nelson shipped the new song to Autry, who recorded Frosty in search of another seasonal hit. Like Rudolph, Frosty was subsequently adapted to other media including a popular television special. The song was originally titled Frosty the Snow Man.

The song is about a snowman who comes to life by the placement of a magical hat found by some children, with whom he shares playful adventures before he has to "hurry on his way" (likely a quaint reference to melting, and the ephemeral nature of snowmen). At the end of their adventures together, the children are saddened by Frosty's leaving, however, he reassures them by exclaiming, "I'll be back again some day."

Some versions of the song change the last line to "on Christmas Day!" It has been covered by many artists over the years, including The Jackson 5, The Ronettes, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Larry Groce, Ray Conniff, Cocteau Twins, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Beach Boys, Leon Redbone with Dr. John, Red Foley (and his daughters), Fiona Apple, Connie Talbot (2008 and 2009), 1910 Fruitgum Company, Michael Bublé, The Partridge Family, and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (as his character Major Monogram from Phineas and Ferb. Also sings it as Perry Saves Christmas.) and countless other musical acts (including a 2005 recording of the song by actor Burt Reynolds).

Jimmy Durante has recorded two versions, one with the earlier alternative lyric, and another for a television special of the same name (more on that in a moment)

Frosty was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her 1960 Verve release Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas.

The Canadian Brass are known for a version that is both jazzy and darkly humorous ("One more time!"… "you know what happens when Frosty gets hot!").

In 1950, Little Golden Books published Frosty the Snow Man as a children's book, adapted by Annie North Bedford and illustrated by Corinne Malvern.

In 1954, the UPA studio brought Frosty to life in a three-minute animated short which appears regularly on WGN-TV. This production included a bouncy, jazzy a cappella version of the song and a limited animation style reminiscent of UPA's Gerald McBoing-Boing. The short, filmed entirely in black-and-white, has been a perennial WGN-TV Christmas classic, and was broadcast on December 24 and 25, 2005, and every year since, as part of a WGN-TV children's programming retrospective, along with their two other short Christmas classics, Suzy Snowflake and Hardrock, Coco and Joe.

The three cartoons are also a tradition on WJAC-TV in Johnstown, PA, which not only broadcasts the cartoons on their station, but also make it available on their website.

In 1969, the Rankin-Bass company, in association with Mushi Production of Japan, produced a thirty-minute animated television special of Frosty the Snowman that featured the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as narrator and Jackie Vernon as the title character. This was a story based on the discovery of Frosty the Snowman. Three sequels were produced, Frosty's Winter Wonderland (based upon the song Winter Wonderland) in 1976, in which Frosty got married, and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July in 1979, followed by The Legend of Frosty the Snowman in 2005. A derivative work, Frosty Returns, was broadcast on CBS in 1992.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/tzXfkbJwZHo

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 63
5/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 4 (Anais)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 23, 2011, 11:33:30 AM
Wooo, the Bumble! I had him on my list, probably fairly high, too. He is a treasure from my childhood; I remember being so afraid of him that I hid behind a couch when he showed up.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 23, 2011, 11:45:05 AM
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#19 - Pitch
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 61
6/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 9 (Pak-Man)

Nice showing! I think I voted for Pitch as much for his portrayal of a the sleazy devil doll salesman as I did for the movie character.

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#18 - Bumble

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 63
4/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (D.B. Barnes)

Oh, hell yeah! Another image that always reminded me it was that wonderful time off year as a little kid. It's funny. At first, I found him terrifying, but over time found him more and more adorable.

By the way, who else saw the epic Bumble pics k1 posted on bookface? Pure holiday awesome!

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#17 - Frosty The Snowman

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 63
5/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 4 (Anais)

Had him at #15. Loved the original special. Also, my favorite christmas carol to sing when I was a kid.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 23, 2011, 01:02:23 PM
Frosty the Snowman shares the same characteristics as dirty dirty hoboes and Pedo-Bear.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 03:36:34 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#16 - Frank Cross
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Frank Cross

Lights, please: Francis Xavier "Frank" Cross (Bill Murray) is a conceited, cynical television programming executive. He has found great success and wealth but only by becoming cold-hearted and cruel. In the opening scenes, he is seen with his brother who is working out in a room with a border that reads "Cross: (n) A thing they nail people to."

His ruthless concentration on his career has cost him his true love, the warm-hearted Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). It has also alienated him from his family, having only an "at arm's length" relationship with his brother James (John Murray), and ruined any chance of his having a happy and fulfilling life. Frank overworks his assistant Grace Cooley (Alfre Woodard), forcing her to constantly break plans with her family and neglect her mute son Calvin. When a disturbing TV commercial that Frank personally produced is criticized by timid yes man Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), Frank responds by firing him on Christmas Eve.

When Cross is given the task of heading up a live Christmas Eve broadcast of A Christmas Carol, his life begins to mirror the story he's producing. The decomposing corpse of his mentor, media mogul Lew Hayward (John Forsythe)—who had died of a heart attack during a golf game—comes back to visit to tell him the error of his ways, and to announce the impending visitation of three Ghosts. Adding to Frank's stress is his boss, Preston Rhinelander (Robert Mitchum) who takes the liberty of hiring him an assistant, weaselly sycophant Brice Cummings (John Glover) who is transparently after Frank's job.

The Ghost of Christmas Past (David Johansen) appears as a New York City cab driver and takes Frank back to his childhood in 1955, to his late teens in 1968 when he had his first job at the TV station, in 1969 for his anniversary with Claire, and 1971 the year in which he chose his job as "Frisbee the Dog" over Claire. The sequence shows how Frank gradually became the man he is in the present.

The Ghost of Christmas Present (Carol Kane) then appears as a life-size pixie who delights in punching and slapping Frank; she shows him how Grace's family lives in poverty because of his stinginess and how much his brother misses him.

After the second ghost's visit, Eliot Loudermilk, drunk and angry, storms the office with a shotgun and tries to murder Frank. The Ghost of Christmas Future, a seven-foot-tall ghoul with a TV screen for a face, appears and shows Frank a future in which Calvin has ended up in a mental hospital, Claire has become as cold and uncaring as he is, and only James and James' wife attend his cremation.

As he feels his body being burned, Frank finally sees the error of his ways and begs for a second chance. He awakens back in his office, right as the live broadcast is wrapping up. The reformed Frank rehires Loudermilk at a considerable salary increase, steps in front of the rolling studio cameras (and enlists Loudermilk to hold the control room hostage), and publicly wishes his viewers a Merry Christmas in a manic, but heartfelt monologue about spending Christmas with the people you care about instead of watching TV at home. Calvin urges him to add Tiny Tim's phrase, "God bless us, everyone", finally breaking free of his mute condition. Claire appears in the studio and Frank reconciles with her, sharing a romantic kiss as Grace and the other television workers start to sing Put a Little Love in Your Heart.
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 69
5/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 1 (CJones)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 23, 2011, 03:44:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/LvS12J4VpHg
:D Damn I love that movie! Glad I had him on my list.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 04:12:53 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#15 - The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Lights, please:The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, A.K.A., The Ghost of Christmas Future, is a fictional character in English novelist Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It is one of the ghosts that haunts the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, in order to prompt him to adopt a more caring attitude in life and avoid the horrid afterlife of his business partner, Marley. Scrooge finds the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come the most fearsome of the spirits; he appears to Scrooge as a figure entirely muffled in a black hooded robe, except for a single gaunt hand with which he points. Although the character never speaks in the story, Scrooge understands him, usually through assumptions from his previous experiences and rhetorical questions. The Ghost's muteness and undefined features (being always covered by his robe) may also have been intended to represent the uncertainty of the future. He is notable that even in satires and parodies of the tale, this spirit nonetheless retains his original look.
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"The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand. ... It thrilled him [Scrooge] with a vague uncertain horror, to know that behind the dusky shroud there were ghostly eyes intently fixed upon him, while he, though he stretched his own to the utmost, could see nothing but a spectral hand and one great heap of black."

When the Ghost makes his appearance, the first thing he shows Scrooge is three wealthy gentlemen making light of a recent death, remarking that it will be a cheap funeral, if anyone comes at all. One businessman said he would go only if lunch is provided, while another said he didn't eat lunch or wear black gloves, so there was no reason for him to go at all. Next, Scrooge is shown the same dead person's belongings being stolen and sold to a receiver of stolen goods called Old Joe. He also sees a shrouded corpse, which he implores the ghost not to unmask, and a poor, debtor family rejoicing that someone to whom they owed money is dead. After pleading to the ghost to see some tenderness connected with death, Scrooge is shown Bob Cratchit and his family mourning the passing of Tiny Tim. (In the prior visitation, the Ghost of Christmas Present states that Tiny Tim's illness was not incurable, but implied that the meager income Scrooge provided to Bob Cratchit wasn't enough for him to provide Tim the proper treatment.) Scrooge is then taken to an unkempt graveyard, where he is shown his own grave, and realizes that the dead man of whom the others spoke ill was himself.

This visit sets up the climax of the novella at the end of this stave. Moved to an emotional connection to humanity and chastened by his own avarice and isolation by the visits of the first two spirits, Scrooge is horrified by the prospect of a lonely death and by implication a subsequent damnation. In desperation, he queries the ghost:
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“Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point,” said Scrooge, “answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be, only?”
Still the Ghost pointed downward to the grave by which it stood.
“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!”
And in an epiphany in which he understands the changes that the visits of the three spirits have wrought in him, Scrooge exclaims:
"I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope!...I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!”
His transformation complete, Scrooge is ready to re-enter the world of humanity as a changed man as he does in the story's denouement in the final stage.
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 70
6/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 7 (Johnny Unusual)

Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: CJones on December 23, 2011, 04:24:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/LvS12J4VpHg
:D Damn I love that movie! Glad I had him on my list.

Same here. That's why I had him at number one. Favorite Christmas movie ever. Mainly though I'm just glad he beat out George Bailey. I really can't stand that movie.

I am a little disappointed that Kris Kringle (who I had at #3) lost out to John McClane though.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: ColeStratton on December 23, 2011, 04:35:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/LvS12J4VpHg
:D Damn I love that movie! Glad I had him on my list.

Same here. That's why I had him at number one. Favorite Christmas movie ever. Mainly though I'm just glad he beat out George Bailey. I really can't stand that movie.

I am a little disappointed that Kris Kringle (who I had at #3) lost out to John McClane though.

I also had Cross on my list, and went with another Miracle on 34th St. character who I doubt will chart (Susan Walker). Personally, though, It's a Wonderful Life is watched every year along with A Christmas Story and Emmet Otter.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BEDFORD FALLS! MERRY CHRISTMAS YOU OLD RIFFTRAX L.O.C. FORUM BOARD!
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 04:49:46 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#14 - Ralphie
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Ralphie

Lights, please: A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, including material from his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. It was directed by Bob Clark. The film has since become a holiday classic and is shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season on the network TBS, often in a 24-hour marathon.

The film is set in Hohman, Indiana, a fictionalized version of Shepherd's hometown of Hammond. Nine-year-old Ralph "Ralphie" Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock, and "this thing which tells time" (a sundial). While using various schemes to convince his parents to get him this gift he continually bumps into objections from others saying, "You'll shoot your eye out."

In each of the film's three acts Ralphie makes his case to another adult and each time receives the same reply. When Ralphie asks his mother for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, she refuses. Next, when Ralphie writes an essay about wanting the BB gun for Miss Shields, his teacher at Warren G. Harding Elementary School, Ralphie gets a C+, and Miss Shields warns him. Later, Ralphie asks a local department store's Santa Claus for a Red Ryder BB gun, and Santa tells him the same thing before pushing Ralphie down a long exit slide with his boot.

One day after he gets the C+ on his composition, Ralphie is hit in the face with a snowball thrown at him by the local bully, Scut Farkus and his sidekick Grover Dill.
Ralphie begins to cry and Farkus teases and taunts him until he snaps. Ralphie charges Farkus and begins to pummel him. During the fight, Ralphie shouts profanity non-stop as he lands blow after blow to the squealing Farkus. When Grover attempts to intervene, Ralphie pushes him away and continues beating Farkus at will. Ralphie's brother, Randy, gets their mother, who pulls her son off the bully, and takes him home. This incident occurs shortly after Ralphie was punished for cursing while helping his father change a flat tire. Ralphie is worried about the cursing and is sure he will again be punished when his father gets home from work. Instead, Ralphie's mother tells his father about the fight casually at the dinner table. She then changes the subject of the conversation to an upcoming Chicago Bears game, distracting his father and getting Ralphie off the hook in the process.

On Christmas morning, Ralphie looks frantically for a box that would hold the BB gun to no avail. He and Randy have quite a few presents, but he is disappointed because he did not get the gun. His disappointment turns to joy as his father points out one last half-hidden present, ostensibly from Santa. As Ralphie unwraps the BB gun, Mr. Parker explains the purchase to his wife, stating that he had one himself when he was 8 years old.

Ralphie goes out to test his new gun, shooting at a paper target perched on top of a metal sign, and predictably gets a ricochet from the metal sign. This ricochet ends up hitting his cheek and glasses, sending them flying and knocking out a lens. While searching for the glasses, Ralphie inadvertently steps on and crushes the other side. When his mother hears him crying, he concocts a story about an icicle falling on him and breaking his glasses, which she believes. She takes him upstairs to dry his face and forgets to close the door. This allows a horde of the Bumpuses' (the Parkers' hillbilly neighbors) dogs, who frequently torment Ralphie's father, enter the house and eat the Christmas turkey that is cooling on the kitchen table. Making a last-minute decision, Mr. Parker takes the family out to a Chinese restaurant where they have a hilarious time dining on duck which adult Ralphie calls "Chinese turkey".

The film ends with Ralphie lying in bed on Christmas night with his gun by his side. Randy is holding the toy Zeppelin he received. The voiceover states that this was the best present he had ever received or would ever receive.
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 74
5/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (ColeStratton & CJones)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: CJones on December 23, 2011, 05:51:30 PM
Just FYI, I also had Ralphie at #2. I'm a little surprised he didn't rank higher than 14th.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 23, 2011, 06:50:59 PM
Nobody beats The Old Man.

Yeah, the old man beats Ralphie.  You heard me.

Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#16 - Frank Cross
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Frank Cross
Wish I has thought of him.  Bill Murray makes almost anything watchable and he may be the most charismatic actor of all time, even when a villain.

Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#15 - The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Just watched the Alistair Sim version tonight.  Not my favourite Christmas Ghost, but a damned creepy one.  Out of all of them he is the most visually striking despite (or perhaps because of) his simplicity and when there are A Christmas Carol adaptions, the portrayal of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is the most consistent between movies (again, probably due to simplicity).
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 06:53:43 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#13 – Yukon Cornelius
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Yukon Cornelius.

Lights, please: Yukon Cornelius is a protagonistic character from the 1964 Rankin/Bass television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Yukon Cornelius is an arctic prospector who leads the audience to believe that he's searching for either gold or silver, but is actually seeking peppermint as revealed at the end of the original version of the special. His greedy behavior inspires the song "Silver and Gold", sung by Sam the Snowman. (Yukon was originally going to sing the song himself before it was decided that the special should have a narrator.)

Yukon is a blustery but benign character and ends up helping not only Rudolph and Hermey, but the Abominable Snowmonster, or "Bumble" as he refers to him as well. Yukon Cornelius can be seen throughout the special tossing his pick ax into the air, sniffing, then licking the end that contacts the snow or ice. The removal of the scene near the end of the special (for subsequent telecasts) in which Yukon Cornelius discovers a "peppermint mine" by that method near Santa's workshop left audiences assuming that he was attempting to find either silver or gold by taste alone. The scene was returned to the film in 1998 and the DVD in 2002 as well.

Yukon didn't reappear in Rudolph's Shiny New Year or Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, but he reappeared in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys.
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 77
5/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 7 (D.B. Barnes)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 23, 2011, 07:05:33 PM
Fucking Yukon Cornelius beat the Bumble? ? ? ? Bull SHIT. What is wrong with you people?
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 07:13:07 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#12 - The Ghost of Christmas Present
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about The Ghost of Christmas Present

Lights, please: The Ghost of Christmas Present is a character in one of the best-known works of the English novelist Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. The Spirit closely resembles Father Christmas from local folklore.

The Ghost of Christmas Present was the second of the three spirits (after the visitation by Jacob Marley) that haunted the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, in order to prompt him to repent. According to Dickens' novel, the Ghost of Christmas Present appears to Scrooge as "a jolly giant" with dark brown curls. He wears a fur-lined green robe and on his head a holly wreath set with shining icicles. He carries a large torch, made to resemble a cornucopia, and appears accompanied by a great feast. He states that he has had "more than eighteen hundred" brothers (1,842 to be exact, the story being set on Christmas Eve 1843, the year of its publication) and later reveals the ability to change his size to fit into any space. He also bares a scabbard with no sword in it, a representation of peace on Earth and good will toward men.

The spirit transports Scrooge around the city, showing him scenes of festivity and also deprivation that were happening as they watched, sprinkling a little warmth from his torch as he travels. Amongst the visits are Scrooge's nephew, and the family of his clerk, Bob Cratchit.

The spirit also shares a vision of Tiny Tim's crutch, carefully preserved by the fireplace. Scrooge asks if Tim will die. The Ghost first states that "If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die" (i.e., Tim's illness is not incurable, but the Cratchits lack the funds for Tim to receive proper treatment, courtesy of Scrooge's miserliness), then – quick to use Scrooge's past unkind comments toward two charitable solicitors against him – suggests he "had better do it, and decrease the surplus population." Scrooge is disgusted at his own words and is concerned for Tiny Tim and his family.

The spirit finally reveals to Scrooge two emaciated children, subhuman in appearance and loathsome to behold, clinging to his robes, and names the boy as Ignorance and the girl as Want. The spirit warns Scrooge, "Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.", underscoring the book's social message. The spirit once again quotes Scrooge, who asks if the grotesque children have "no refuge, no resource," and the spirit retorts with more of Scrooge's unkind words, "Are there no prisons, no workhouses?", filling Scrooge with self-loathing.

The Ghost of Christmas Present, having already aged, reveals that he will only exist on Earth for a single year's Christmas holiday. (As the nature of the present is to only exist in the now, this is why this ghost can only exist for one Christmas, and why he has 1842 brothers. Note the year that Charles Dickens' story was published. This would be the 1843rd Ghost of Christmas Present.) He finally disappears at the stroke of midnight on Twelfth Night, and leaves Scrooge to face the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, as it approaches "like a mist along the ground".
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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 80
6/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 5 (Imrahil)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 23, 2011, 07:17:01 PM
Fucking Yukon Cornelius beat the Bumble? ? ? ? Bull SHIT. What is wrong with you people?

Oh come on.  The man has a peppermint mine. 

I love both of 'em. Heck, I love everyone from that special. Such a good childhood memory.

Had Ralphie at #11. Classic character from a classic movie.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 23, 2011, 07:25:25 PM

I am a little disappointed that Kris Kringle (who I had at #3) lost out to John McClane though.

Yeah, Kris is my fav.  Susan from that movie is a good choice too, but I'm a Kringle man.  Take that anyway you want to.

Fucking Yukon Cornelius beat the Bumble? ? ? ? Bull SHIT. What is wrong with you people?

Oh come on.  The man has a peppermint mine. 

I love both of 'em. Heck, I love everyone from that special. Such a good childhood memory.

Yukon is great.  Definitely the best character in that special for me.  The Bumble's cute and all, but he didn't make my list.  Also everyone loves a prospector!
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 23, 2011, 07:30:32 PM
He was always the character I liked the least.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 07:34:36 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#11 – The Robot Santa Claus
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about The Robot Santa Claus.

Lights, please: The Robot Santa Claus is a four tonne robot designed by The Friendly Robot Company, possibly a precursor to Mom's Friendly Robot Company, in 2801 to judge whether people were naughty or nicе and sort out presents accordingly. Due to a programming error, his standards were set way too high, and Santa Bot invariably judges everyone naughty with the exception of Zoidberg at least once.

Every year on Xmas Eve, Santa comes to Earth on his robot-reindeer sleigh to punish the naughty, with extreme prejudice. It's said if someone is on the naughty list, and Robot Santa finds him or her, he will chop his or her head off and stuff his or her neck holes with toys from his sack of horrors. Usually though, he kills them using a variety of X-mas-themed murder devices and heavy ordnance.

When not on his Xmas mass murder spree, he spends most of the year in his Death fortress at the North Pole of the planet Neptune, where he watches the people of Earth doing naughty things on a series of giant monitors, Big Brother style. A shantytown village named Jolly Junction lies at the base of his fortress, inhabited by unpaid, undersized, and underfed elf-dressed Neptunians.

Robot Santa Claus has proven quite resilient, having survived burning spaceship exhaust, explosions, and even survived listening to logical paradoxes, something, which destroys other robots, thanks to "paradox-absorbing crumple zones" built into his head.
Robot Santa Claus, though hostile to nearly everyone, apparently has a friendly acquaintances with Kwanzabot and the Chanukah Zombie.

When Nudist Alien Scammers gained possession of Earth, they also scammed Santa out of his Naughty List, leaving him unsure as to who he should kill, so he joined forces with the Planet Express crew to retake the planet.
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Festival: Xmas
Total Points: 87
5/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 3 (Anais)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 07:35:40 PM
Seriously what the hell is up with there being no worthwhile clips from Futurama on Youtube?
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2011, 07:44:54 PM
That would be my assumption, sigh.

Anyway there we have it, the final ten are coming tomorrow. Who'l triumph, somebody religious or somebody fun? Time, and the Krampus, will tell.....
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 23, 2011, 08:05:24 PM
Krocheted Krampus, anyone?

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 23, 2011, 08:41:36 PM
That's awesome! I would totally buy that!
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: CJones on December 23, 2011, 10:42:36 PM
Holy crap! The Krampus! That was that thing from the Venture Brothers Christmas Special! I didn't recognize it until I saw the crocheted basket on it's back with the child in it from DB's post! I totally would have voted for that... had I thought of it... and had I remembered what it was called...

I don't give Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick enough credit.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 23, 2011, 10:54:06 PM
Holy crap! The Krampus! That was that thing from the Venture Brothers Christmas Special! I didn't recognize it until I saw the crocheted basket on it's back with the child in it from DB's post! I totally would have voted for that... had I thought of it... and had I remembered what it was called...

I don't give Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick enough credit.

Yep. A Very Venture Christmas. Just watched it last night. Classic Venture; Krampus gets a little rapey.

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"I'm afraid we're being visited upon by...The Krampus!"
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 24, 2011, 04:38:32 AM

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#12 - The Ghost of Christmas Present
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I used to like Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come the best, but over the years, i've learned to realize that Present is the best ghost.  He's fun, that one.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 24, 2011, 04:57:28 AM
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Dead ringer for The Ghost of Community College Sculpture Class Model
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 07:16:45 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#10 – The Hogfather
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about The Hogfather.

Lights, please: The Hogfather is originally a winter god. In the deep winters, people of old feared that spring might never again come, so they gave bloody sacrifice of hogs to the Hogfather. Nowadays, the Hogfather is expected to travel in a sleigh pulled by hogs and every Hogswatchnight to bring gifts to all the children, or at least, those who believe in him; this yields a worshipper range of most of the Discworld except for the Counterweight continent and the continent of Klatch. Despite this impressive range, crass commercialization of the holiday compromised the belief in Hogfather, and then interference from the Auditors of Reality severely threatened his existence (chronicled in Hogfather).

His residence is the Castle of Bones near the hub. The Hogfather is an ancient being, who has seemingly kept his present form for some time; in Hogfather, Albert reminisces about his childhood memories of the Hogfather, more than 2000 years ago. The only difference in the Hogfather in that time seems to have been that he did not bring presents, but sausages and black puddings if you were lucky. But you always got a pink sugar piglet in the toe.

He parodies the Roundworld Father Christmas  (the UK version of Santa Claus )

In the land of pine trees and deep snow and long winters, when the sun is below the horizon most of the day, in the piercing cold it can become a real question whether or not the sun will rise again in the morning. The voice of reason says it will rise, but there are many unreasonable voices in a person. In response to this question, the anthropomorphic wossname called the Hogfather arose. He had many forms throughout the centuries, and the man in the red suit was only the last of them. Susan saw them one after another. His first form was properly speaking porcomorphic, or pig-shaped. It was to this point that he retreated when ambushed by Mr Teatime. Despite his apparent task of distributing presents in the season of goodwill, sustained by the belief of children, on the longest night of the year it is still the role of the Hogfather to ensure that the Sun rises in the morning. It is no small thing to make the Sun rise. When he was able to resume his role, the Hogfather seemed to salute Death as an equal. He did not thank him. “Ho Ho Ho,” notwithstanding, he was not a personification of many words.

When the Hogfather was attacked, Death, like an expert mechanic hearing a change in the sound of an engine, had heard a harmonic change in the music of the universe. He was able to enter the congruent reality of the Hogfather in a way in which he could not enter the domain of the Tooth Fairy. Death applied first aid to sustain belief in the Hogfather among children, and recruited Susan, even Hex.

When Mr Teatime had failed, the Auditors attacked the Hogfather directly, in the form of hounds. It was necessary for Susan, as a human being, to be the one to act to save him. To do this she had to leave behind her inner babysitter, and be with her belief. It was not simple. At a point where the hog she was riding teetered on an icy ridge, precipitous drops on both sides, she repeated to herself, “He’ll catch me if I fall,” but an older voice within her said, “No, he won’t. If I fall now, I don’t deserve to be caught.” As in the case of Death and Miss Flitworth, an anthropomorphic personification was saved by the self-gift of a human being.

Later Susan said to Death, “The sun would have risen just the same, yes?” “The sun would not have risen,” he said. “A mere ball of flaming gas would have illuminated the world.” It would have been a world of oblivion.

The same human capacity to believe which supports the Tooth Fairy and the Hogfather creates the space for meanings such as justice, mercy and duty, which have no existence in the physical universe, to become. What Hogswatch seems to stand for is not that you will get presents if you have been nice, but that what you have done counts for something, and it is known. It matters. “All things strive...” says Hex. Strange though it may seem, given the general immersion of human and human-like beings in the mere business of staying alive, it is towards this point that all things strive. This very line also appears in Dwarf Lore
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http://www.youtube.com/v/AnaQXJmpwM4

Festival: Hogswatch
Total Points: 94
5/12 Lists
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 08:55:42 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#9 - Krampus
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Krampus

Lights, please: Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner.
In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented as a beast like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, and Hungary during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration.

The history of the Krampus figure stretches back to pre-Christian Germanic traditions. He also shares characteristics with the satyrs of Greek mythology. The early Catholic Church discouraged celebrations based around the wild goat-like creatures, and during the Inquisition efforts were made to stamp them out. However, Krampus figures persisted, and by the 17th century Krampus had been incorporated into Christian winter celebrations by pairing him with St. Nicholas.

In the 20th century, Austrian governments discouraged the practice. In the aftermath of the 1934 Austrian Civil War, the Krampus tradition was prohibited by the Dollfuss regime under the Fatherland Front (Vaterländische Front) and the Christian Social Party. In the 1950s, the government distributed pamphlets titled "Krampus is an Evil Man". Towards the end of the century, a popular resurgence of Krampus celebrations occurred and continues today. There has been public debate in Austria in modern times about whether Krampus is appropriate for children.

Although Krampus appears in many variations, most share some common physical characteristics. He is hairy, usually brown or black, and has the cloven hooves and horns of a goat. His long pointed tongue lolls out.

Krampus carries chains, thought to symbolize the binding of the Devil by the Christian Church. He thrashes the chains for dramatic effect. The chains are sometimes accompanied with bells of various sizes.[9] Of more pagan origins are the ruten, bundles of birch branches that Krampus carries and occasionally swats children with. The ruten have significance in pre-Christian pagan initiation rites. The birch branches are replaced with a whip in some representations. Sometimes Krampus appears with a sack or a washtub strapped to his back; this is to cart off evil children for drowning, eating, or transport to Hell.

The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on December 6. In Alpine countries, Saint Nicholas has a devilish companion named Krampus so it is said that on the preceding evening, Krampus Night or Krampusnacht, this hairy devil appears on the streets. Sometimes accompanying St. Nicholas and sometimes on his own, Krampus visits homes and businesses. The Saint usually appears in the vestments of a bishop such as the mitre, and he carries a ceremonial staff. Unlike North American versions of Santa Claus, in these celebrations Saint Nicholas concerns himself only with the good children, while Krampus is responsible for the bad. Nicholas dispenses gifts, while Krampus supplies coal and the ruten bundles.

A Krampuslauf is a run of celebrants dressed as the beast, often fueled by alcohol. It is customary to offer a Krampus schnapps, a sweet liqueur. These runs may include perchten, similarly wild pagan spirits of Germanic folklore and sometimes female in representation. In larger cities, there may be numerous runs throughout the Advent season.

Europeans have been exchanging greeting cards featuring Krampus since the 1800s. Sometimes introduced with Grüß vom Krampus (Greetings from Krampus), the cards usually have humorous rhymes and poems. Krampus is often featured looming menacingly over children. In some, Krampus has sexual overtones; he is pictured pursuing buxom women. Over time, the representation of Krampus in the cards has changed; older versions have a more frightening Krampus, while modern versions have a cuter, more Cupid-like creature. Krampus has also adorned postcards and candy containers.

Krampus appears in various forms, and as part of differing celebrations, throughout central Europe. In Styria, the ruten bundles are presented by Krampus to families. The twigs are painted gold and displayed year-round in the house – a reminder to any child who has temporarily forgotten Krampus. In smaller, more isolated villages, the character has other beastly companions, such as the antlered “wild man” figures, and St. Nicholas is nowhere to be seen. These Styrian companions of Krampus are called Schabmänner or Rauhen.
A more toned-down version is part of the popular Christmas markets in Austrian urban centres like Salzburg. In these, more tourist-friendly interpretations, Krampus is more humourous than fearsome.

In the 1600s, the Lutheran Church presented a "christchild" figure in the place of the Catholic Saint Nicholas. Representing the baby Jesus but often appearing as a young maiden, this figure was also paired with Krampus in some areas. In France's Alsace region, Krampus is known as Hans Trapp and accompanies a "christchild" character during the holiday season.

North American Krampus celebrations, though rare, are a growing phenomenon. Some traditional Germanic communities in the northeast of the United States have preserved a Krampus tradition; in these he goes by Bellsnichol and combines aspects of both the wild man and Saint Nicholas.

The word Krampus (sometimes spelled "Grampus") is a derivation of the old German word for “claw”, but the creature has many names. Klaubauf is used throughout Austria, while Bartl or Bartel, Niglobartl, and Wubartl are used in the southern part of the country.[1][17] Outside Austria, Krampus and related creatures go by Pelzebock or Pelznickel in southern Germany, and Gumphinckel in Silesia. In Hungary, he is Krampusz.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/6EmqsEHl3P8

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 97
7/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (wurwolf)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 09:00:14 AM
Love the way she says "naughty" in that vid. ;)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 24, 2011, 09:04:59 AM
Wow. Krampus kicked ass! Had him at #14.

KRAMPUS!!!
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 24, 2011, 09:27:56 AM
Any holiday character that beats annoying little brats with sticks and threatens to eat them, I can get behind. Krampus was second only to the reason for the season on my list.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 09:54:27 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#8 - Hermey the Misfit Elf
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Hermey the Misfit Elf.

Lights, please: Hermey the Misfit Elf is one of the two leading protagonists in the 1964 television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
The character prefers studying dentistry to making toys, making him a social outcast among the other elves in Christmastown. Quitting his job as a toymaking elf after being threatened with the loss of his job for poor performance and for not "fitting in," Hermey declares he is running away from Santa's Workshop. He soon meets title character Rudolph in a snow drift and the two decide to run away together.

They soon meet Yukon Cornelius, an eccentric arctic prospector who invites the runaways to join him on his search for silver and gold.

The two outcasts and Yukon Cornelius find themselves pursued by the Abominable Snowmonster. An escape from the Snowmonster on an ice floe brings the travelers to the Island of Misfit Toys. The Island is a sanctuary for defective and unwanted toys ruled by King Moonracer, a winged lion.

Returning to Christmastown, they learn that bad weather may cause Christmas to be canceled. But Rudolph, with his "nose so bright" is able to save Christmas by serving as a guiding headlight on Santa's sleigh.

The successful return of the misfit characters and Rudolph's saving of Christmas makes the others in Christmastown realize how harsh they had been, including Santa Claus himself. Rudolph and Hermey are welcomed back to Christmastown and Hermey finally gets permission from his former boss to open a dentist's office at the North Pole the week following Christmas.

One of many memorable songs from the show, Hermey and Rudolph's duet Fame and Fortune was added to the special beginning with its 1965 airing as a slightly shorter replacement for the reprise of a number called We're A Couple Of Misfits, sung by Hermey and Rudolph soon after their initial meeting. The special's 1998 restoration saw Misfits returned to film context while the 2001 DVD release showcases Fame And Fortune as a separate number.

Hermey oddly did not reappear in the sequels Rudolph's Shiny New Year or Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, but he did show up for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/6DAja7-RuvM

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 100
7/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 5 (Anais)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 10:01:43 AM
And, what the hell, here's the vid I made in about half an hour a couple of years back:

http://www.youtube.com/v/x-JN0oK6ex0

Need to fix it at some point.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 24, 2011, 10:13:35 AM
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Krampus' Top-Ten Christmas Celebration Bash is already in full effect. Cell phones are blowin' up all over the Alps.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 10:45:48 AM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#7 - Jesus
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Jesus.

Lights, please: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/JVbdziNwAdQ

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 109
5/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 1 (a pretty girl is like, wurwolf & Darth Geek)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 24, 2011, 10:51:23 AM
Krampette...you're hot!


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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 10:55:43 AM
Krampette...you're hot!

Kinda makes one want to be a naughty boy, doesn't she? ;)

I just realised that the vid I put up makes for an interesting segue to the next entry....
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 24, 2011, 11:00:43 AM
Jesus coming in at #7! I would have thought he might have placed higher.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 24, 2011, 11:42:55 AM
Jesus coming in at #7! I would have thought he might have placed higher.

Nah. He's too humble.
:D
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 12:01:42 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#6 - Buddy the Elf
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure, I can tell you all about Buddy the Elf

Lights, please: Elf (stylized as elf) is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau, written by David Berenbaum and starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Zooey Deschanel. It was released in the United States on November 7, 2003 and grossed over $220,400,000 worldwide. The story is about one of Santa's elves who learns of his true identity of being a human and goes to New York City to meet his father, spreading christmas cheer in a world of cynics.

A baby boy crawls into Santa Claus's (Ed Asner) sack of gifts while he is delivering toys to an orphanage one Christmas Eve. Santa Claus unwittingly takes the baby back to the North Pole, where Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) volunteers to raise him. The baby is named William, but they rename him Buddy (Will Ferrell). He is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities lead him to ultimately find out the truth. Papa Elf reveals that Buddy was born to Walter Hobbs (James Caan) and Susan Wells and given up for adoption, and that Walter never knew that he was born. He explains how Susan later died, and Walter now works at a children's book company in New York City. Buddy sets out for New York to find his father.

Upon arriving in New York City, Buddy displays his ignorance in several comical ways. He eventually finds his father in the Empire State Building, but an incredulous Walter Hobbs calls security on him. Their sarcastic advice was to "get back to Gimbel's", where he is mistaken for an employee and meets the lovely Jovie (Zooey Deschanel). Later, when the toy store Santa comes, Buddy is shocked to discover that Gimbel's Santa is not the genuine article, and a fight ensues between them. He is arrested and sentenced 24 hours in jail. Walter reluctantly bails him out and takes him to a pediatrician for a DNA test. Once it is proven that he is in fact Walter's son, he takes him home to meet his stepmother, Emily (Mary Steenburgen) and half-brother, Michael (Daniel Tay).

Buddy befriends Michael after the former defeats bullies single-handedly in a snowball fight, and goes on a date with Jovie. Walter, meanwhile, has been trying to save his floundering business by hiring the temperamental bestselling writer Miles Finch. When the vertically-challenged Finch arrives, Buddy innocently thinks he is an elf. After being called "elf" many times, Miles attacks Buddy and storms out without signing a deal with Walter's company. Walter is so angry over this setback that he yells at Buddy to get out of his life. Hurt and afraid, Buddy writes a message to his father and runs away.

Michael sees Buddy's written message, and bursts in on Walter's board meeting to tell him frantically that Buddy is gone. He manages to convince Walter to put his family above his job for the first time. Buddy sees Santa's sleigh crash in Central Park. He finds Santa, who explains that he lost the sleigh's engine and that the last bit of Christmas spirit on the Clausometer (which had powered the sleigh) had gone. Walter and Michael find Buddy in Central Park. He takes them to meet Santa, who reveals to Michael that believing in him can make his sleigh fly. Michael reads Santa's list in front of TV cameras gathered outside the park, so that people all across New York City believe in him. The Central Park Rangers begin to chase his sleigh while Buddy is still trying to reattach the engine.

Jovie manages to overcome her shyness and get the sleigh in the air by the power of Christmas spirit when she leads the crowd in singing Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, with even Walter joining in. Later, he starts his own publishing company with the first book released being titled Elf, an account of Buddy's adventures. Buddy and Jovie marry and have a daughter, and are shown to visit Papa Elf and the North Pole periodically.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/txCiZFPsKR8

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 125
6/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 3 (Johnny Unusual, D.B. Barnes & a pretty girl is like)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 12:02:15 PM
Okay off to Ann's parents place for a bit, back with the final five later. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 24, 2011, 12:29:54 PM
Buddy at #6! Awesome! I'm just about to pop in Elf myself.

"Not now, Arctic Puffin!"

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Oh, if you only knew, Krampus. The things I've seen.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: CJones on December 24, 2011, 01:15:36 PM
Jesus coming in at #7! I would have thought he might have placed higher.

Well, I expect a lot of people, like myself, consider Jesus to be an historical figure, not a character. Whether or not the way he's portrayed is in any way historically accurate or not notwithstanding, the man himself certainly existed.

I'm very happy to see The Hogfather at #10. I had him on my list at #6, but I never expected him to break the top 10. I think this is one of the most brilliant, if not THE most brilliant Discworld book, and the speech Death gives about belief towards the end is a perfect example of how. I put off reading it for a long time because I was expecting it to just be a lame half-assed parody of Christmas. Once I finally got around to it though it instantly became one of my favorites.

And lastly, I'm apparently one of the only people that didn't really much care for the movie Elf.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 05:21:51 PM
and the speech Death gives about belief towards the end is a perfect example of how

Where the falling angel meets the rising ape.  Awesome.
Probably my favourite description of humanity ever. :)

Hogfather, Small Gods and Wintersmith are three of my favourite books (not just novels but of all the books I've ever read) on the subject of belief and ritual.

Okay, back fvrom dinner + two hour prolonged speech on the coolness of The Big Bang Theory from Ann's dad, let's finish this shall we? :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 05:39:02 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#5 - Jack Skellington
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Jack Skellington

Lights, please: Jack Skellington is the protagonist of the 1993 Disney film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town and lives in a fantasy world based solely on the Halloween holiday. His usual appearance is a skeleton dressed in a black pin-striped suit and a bow tie resembling a bat, but there are some points in which he dresses as a scarecrow with a pumpkin for a head. His last name is a play on skeleton. He has a pet ghost dog named Zero, who has a small glowing nose that looks like a jack-o'-lantern. His love interest is Sally, a rag doll created by Dr. Finklestein. Jack is voiced by Chris Sarandon, and his singing voice is provided by Danny Elfman.[1] The character is a popular design on bags, hats, clothing, umbrellas, belt buckles, pet collars and other items.[citation needed] According to Ultimate Disney.com's Top 25 Heroes, Jack is #25.

Jack Skellington is the patron spirit of Halloween, portrayed as being on par with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny within his own holiday. As a living skeleton, he is immortal and can remove parts of his body without harm, as is often demonstrated for comic relief. He is the most important of many Halloween spirits, with the implication that their job is to scare people in the real world on Halloween night.

Jack, as the Pumpkin King, is in charge of Halloween Town's Halloween celebration, a role for which he receives respect and admiration from the other residents. However, monologue with himself reveals he is growing tired of celebrating the same holiday endlessly. Jack's sense of adventure is stimulated when he accidentally discovers Christmas Town, driving him to start a Christmas celebration of his own. While his intentions are good, Jack does not understand the true spirit of Christmas, and he and his fellows give it a macabre hue.

The official film soundtrack CD contains an epilogue not in the film, stating that "many years later" Santa returned to Halloween Town to visit Jack, where he discovered that Jack had "four or five skeleton children at hand" who play together in a xylophone band.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/Wv1HX80u5x4

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 128
7/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 4 (ColeStratton & CJones)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Compound on December 24, 2011, 05:53:48 PM
Okay, back fvrom dinner + two hour prolonged speech on the coolness of The Big Bang Theory from Ann's dad, let's finish this shall we? :)

(http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/5813/motivator952791fdb7c1e9.jpg)

I'm in my third hour of goofing around in the kitchen making Christmas treats, so I'm getting a bit punchy.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 24, 2011, 05:56:29 PM
Okay, back fvrom dinner + two hour prolonged speech on the coolness of The Big Bang Theory from Ann's dad, let's finish this shall we? :)

(http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/5813/motivator952791fdb7c1e9.jpg)

This is how I picture Tripe during said speech.

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 06:14:16 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#4 - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Lights, please: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass. It first aired Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC television network in the USA, and was sponsored by General Electric under the umbrella title of The General Electric Fantasy Hour. The copyright year in Roman numerals was mismarked as MCLXIV (1164) instead of the correct MCMLXIV.

The special was based on the Johnny Marks song by the same name; the song taken from the 1939 poem of the same title written by Marks' brother-in-law, Robert L. May.

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Since 1972, the special has aired on CBS affiliate television stations with the network unveiling a high-definition, digitally remastered version of the program in 2005. As with A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph no longer airs just once annually, but several times during the Christmas and holiday season. It has been telecast every year since 1964, making it the longest running Christmas TV special, and one of only four 1960s Christmas specials still being telecast - the others being A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman.

Sam the Snowman narrates the story of Rudolph, a reindeer who is born at the North Pole with a glowing red nose. His father, Santa's lead reindeer Donner, feels ashamed of his son's nose and forms a cover of mud to hide it. Meanwhile, a North Pole elf named Hermey has his own problem: he wishes to be a dentist instead of an elf who makes toys in Santa's workshop. The Head Elf scolds Hermey for not wanting to be like the other elves, but the young elf refuses to change his interests.

When Rudolph is a year old and still hiding his nose, his father sends him to take-off practice to learn how to fly; the nose cover causing Rudolph to sound as if he has a permanent cold. Two reindeer befriend Rudolph. One is another yearling buck named Fireball, the other is a yearling doe named Clarice. During some horseplay, Fireball inadvertently causes Rudolph's nose cover to pop off. Upon seeing his glowing nose, Fireball backs away in horror saying, "For crying out loud!". After the initial shock wears off, Fireball and the other reindeer ridicule Rudolph and his nose and Coach Comet bans Rudolph from being with the other reindeer saying, "From now on, we won't let Rudolph join in any reindeer games, right? Right!" Clarice is the only reindeer who still likes Rudolph and tries to comfort him. Their interaction, however, is interrupted by Clarice's father, who forbids Clarice from being near Rudolph. Feeling outcast, Rudolph runs away.

Out on his own, Rudolph meets up with Hermey. The two bond after they discover they each have something that makes them unique: they decide they are misfits together. After deciding to be "independent together", they set out to seek "Fame and Fortune", singing the song of the same name. They encounter the Abominable Snow Monster, a white, carnivorous beast that hates Christmas and feeds on anything that gets in his way. After fearing being discovered by him, the two manage to escape the Snow Monster.

On their trek, Rudolph and Hermey meet a prospector named Yukon Cornelius who is gripped by the need to find silver and gold. Now on their journey with Cornelius, the two misfits end up at The Island of Misfit Toys. The island is guarded by a misfit toy named "Charlie in the Box" and ruled by a winged lion named King Moonracer. Hermey and Rudolph request of King Moonracer that he allow them to stay on the island because they are misfits like the toys, however, Moonracer declines their request. After settling down to stay one night there (as allowed by Moonracer), Rudolph decides to leave the island during the night, having realized that his nose is a danger to his friends.

A few months later, Rudolph grows into a handsome young stag and decides to return home. When Rudolph arrives back at his family's cave, he learns from Santa that his parents, along with Clarice, left to go looking for him. Going out again, this time to search for his family, Rudolph finds them and Clarice held captive by the Abominable Snow Monster. Rudolph attempts to rescue them before Hermey and Yukon Cornelius find him and they try to help. They manage to knock out the Abominable while Hermey removes the monster's teeth, but Yukon knocks himself, his sled team, and the monster over a cliff when he stands up to the beast. The others return home, where they tell what happened to the others. Rudolph and Hermey are no longer ridiculed, but are hailed as heroes. The lead elf finally allows Hermey to open a dentist's office the week after Christmas. Yukon and the others make a grand entrance with the Abominable, now "reformed" by Yukon: he has been trained to place a star at the top of Christmas trees without the aid of a stepladder.

While celebrating Rudolph and Hermey's return at Santa's castle, Santa learns that a strong blizzard is approaching and he states that Christmas will have to be cancelled. While telling the gathered crowd the bad news, Rudolph's nose flashes and shines in Santa's eyes - causing him to realize that his "...beautiful, wonderful nose" would help the sleigh get safely through the storm. Santa says to the reindeer, "Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" Rudolph quickly and gladly answers, "It would be an honor, sir!" The first stop on the Christmas Eve trip is The Island of Misfit Toys to pick up the toys there to be distributed to boys and girls around the world. The final scene shows Rudolph leading the sleigh team and Santa heartily proclaiming, "Merry Christmas, merry Christmas!" as they fly off into the night sky.
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 24, 2011, 06:25:17 PM
#4 - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer[/center]?

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 129
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1 out of 12 lists?
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 06:26:54 PM
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 06:29:36 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#3 - Ebenezer Scrooge
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Ebenezer Scrooge.

Lights, please: Ebenezer Scrooge is the principal character in Charles Dickens's 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol. At the beginning of the novel, Scrooge is a cold-hearted, tight-fisted and greedy man, who despises Christmas and all things which give people happiness. Dickens describes him thus: "The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and he spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice ..." His last name has come into the English language as a byword for miserliness and misanthropy, traits displayed by Scrooge in the exaggerated manner for which Dickens is well-known. The tale of his redemption by the three Ghosts of Christmas (Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) has become a defining tale of the Christmas holiday. Scrooge's catchphrase, "Bah, humbug!" is often used to express disgust with many of the modern Christmas traditions.

In his diaries, Dickens states that Scrooge stems from a grave marker which he saw in 1841, while taking an evening walk in the Canongate Kirkyard in Edinburgh. The headstone was for the vintner Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie, a relative of Adam Smith, who had won the catering contract for the visit of George IV to Edinburgh and the first contract to supply whisky to the Royal Navy. The marker identified Scroggie as a "meal man" (corn merchant), but Dickens misread this as "mean man", due to the fading light and his mild dyslexia. Dickens wrote that it must have "shrivelled" Scroggie’s soul to carry "such a terrible thing to eternity". The grave marker was lost during construction work at part of the kirkyard in 1932.

Several theories have been put forward as to where Dickens got additional inspiration for the character.

One school of thought is that Dickens based Scrooge's views on the poor on those of demographer and political economist Thomas Malthus.

Another is that the minor character Gabriel Grub from The Pickwick Papers was worked up into a more mature characterization (his name stemming from an infamous Dutch miser, Gabriel de Graaf.)

Jemmy Wood, owner of the Gloucester Old Bank and possibly Britain’s first millionaire, was nationally renowned for his stinginess, and may have been another.

The man whom Dickens eventually mentions in his letters  and who strongly resembles the character portrayed by Dickens's illustrator, John Leech, was a noted British eccentric and miser named John Elwes (1714–1789).

The story of A Christmas Carol starts on Christmas Eve in 1843, with Scrooge at his place of business. The book says that Scrooge lives in London, England. Charles Dickens refers to Scrooge as "...a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!" It is usually assumed that he is a banker or professional money lender. Some recent versions portray him as a solicitor. Whatever his main business is, he seems to have usurious relationships with people of little means. These relationships, along with his lack of charity and shabby treatment of his clerk, Bob Cratchit, seem to be his major vices.

His nephew however, has great regard for Christmas and we are introduced to him early in the story where he unsuccessfully attempts to invite Scrooge to his Christmas dinner party only to be rebuffed by Scrooge with a repeatedly said sentence: "Good afternoon". After his nephew leaves, two charitable men come in and ask Scrooge if he is willing to help them raise a fund to help the poor, but Scrooge refuses and makes unkind comments to the men about the poor: "If they'd rather die they better do it now and decrease the surplus population." and angrily dismisses them.

Scrooge has only disgust for the poor, thinking the world would be better off without them, "decreasing the surplus population," and praise for the Victorian era workhouses. He has a particular distaste for the merriment of Christmas; his single act of kindness is to give his clerk, Bob Cratchit, the day off with pay. Done more as a result of social mores than kindness, Scrooge sees the practice akin to having his pocket picked on an annual basis.

After introducing Scrooge and showing his shabby treatment of his employee, business men, and only living relative, the novel resumes with Scrooge at his residence, intent on spending Christmas Eve alone. While he is preparing to go to bed, he is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley (who had died seven years earlier on Christmas Eve) spent his life exploiting the poor and as a result is damned to walk the Earth for eternity bound in the chains of his own greed. Marley warns Scrooge that he risks meeting the same fate, and that as a final chance of escape he will be visited by three spirits: Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The rest of the novel acts as a biography and psychological profile, showing his evolution to his current state, and the way he is viewed by others.

As promised, the Ghost of Christmas Past visits Scrooge first and takes him to see his time as a schoolboy many years earlier. Here it is suggested that his father abandoned young Scrooge at his boarding school, even during Christmas. This is relevant to Scrooge, because it shows the beginnings of his lack of socialization and empathy. He does not socialize because he never experienced steady growth in a strong family unit. He does not empathize thanks to the way he was treated: as a child, he was the least of his father's concerns, and this in turn taught him not to feel for fellow humans. In some versions of the story, his father goes to jail for not paying debt – it is hinted that he may have died while in prison. Later the ghost shows how his success in business made him become obsessive and develop a workaholic tendency. His money and work-obsessed personality traits eventually compel Scrooge's fiancée, Belle, to leave him, which further hardens his heart. The death of his younger sister Fan, the one relative who had a close relationship with him, also injures him greatly enough that he loses any love he had for the world. Scrooge has only his nephew left but doesn't particularly care for him, likely due to Scrooge blaming him for his sister's death following childbirth; in some versions Scrooge's father blames Ebenezer for causing his wife's death in childbirth with Fan as the older sibling. It is also shown that Scrooge was an apprentice for Mr. Fezziwig, a warehouse business owner.

The visit by the Ghost of Christmas Past also reveals the origin of Scrooge's neurotic hatred of Christmas; most of the events that negatively affected Scrooge's character occurred during the Christmas holiday season.

One of the sources of his negative ways is the pain he feels for losing his love, Belle. Engaged to be married to her, he keeps pushing back the wedding until his finances are as healthy as he would like; something that, given his insatiable lust for money, he would probably never have. Realizing this, Belle calls off the engagement and eventually marries someone else, causing Scrooge to further withdraw from society and relationships.

Scrooge is then visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present, who shows him the happiness of his nephew's middle-class social circle and the impoverished Cratchit family. The latter have a young son (Tiny Tim) who is lame, yet the family still manages to live happily on the pittance Scrooge pays his clerk. When Scrooge, whose sense of compassion is rapidly resurfacing, asks if Tim will die, the ghost confirms this, but uses Scrooge's past unkind comments to two charitable solicitors against him – suggests "they had better do it now, and decrease the surplus population".

The ghost also warns him of the evils of Ignorance and Want. As the spirit's robe is drawn back Scrooge is shocked to see these two aspects of the human psyche suddenly manifest before him as vicious, terrifying, little children, who are more animal than human in appearance.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge the final consequences of his actions one year later. Tiny Tim has died from his illness, leaving the entire Cratchit family in mourning. In addition, Scrooge's solitary life and disdain for those in need will ultimately lead others to find only comfort and happiness from his own death. No one will mourn his passing and his money and possessions will be stolen by the desperate and corrupt, the very people he condemned in life. The only people who feel any emotion are a young couple Scrooge was about to ruin financially. His death, however, allows them the small amount of extra time (while Scrooge's affairs were being settled) to raise the funds to pay off their debt to his estate. His final legacy will be that of a cheap tombstone in an unkempt graveyard. Scrooge then weeps over his own grave, begging the ghost for a chance to change his ways and re-embrace life, before awakening to find it is Christmas morning. He has been given an opportunity to repent after all. Scrooge does so and becomes a model of generosity and kindness, towards his nephew, his neighbours, and even the Cratchits. As the final narration states, "Many laughed to see this alteration in him, but he let them laugh and little heeded them, for he knew that no good thing in this world ever happened, at which some did not have their fill of laughter. His own heart laughed and that was quite enough for him. And it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge."
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Pak-Man on December 24, 2011, 06:32:04 PM
My WHOLE life I thought it was Herbie the misfit elf.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: CJones on December 24, 2011, 06:37:09 PM
I hate to be a nit-pickler, but again I'd like to point out that I also had Jack Skellington at #4. Interesting that this is the second time I've been tied for highest placement with Cole Stratton....

Anyway, I think we can all agree Jack was a given. I've had the friggin music from that movie stuck inside my head since the first time I saw it. The ironic thing is, I actually had the soundtrack playing when I found out Jack made the list.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 06:37:27 PM
My WHOLE life I thought it was Herbie the misfit elf.
And lots of people, aside from Darth and Barnes in fact, think it's Cold Miser. :)

I hate to be a nit-pickler, but again I'd like to point out that I also had Jack Skellington at #4. Interesting that this is the second time I've been tied for highest placement with Cole Stratton....
You did and it is. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 24, 2011, 06:39:02 PM
And lots of people, aside from Darth and Barnes in fact, think it's Cold Miser. :)
I actually looked it up to make sure I got the name right.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 06:52:42 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#2 – The Grinch
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about The Grinch.

Lights, please: The Grinch is a fictional character created by Dr. Seuss. He first appeared as the main protagonist in the 1957 children's book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The devious, anti-holiday spirit of the character has led to the name "Grinch" becoming a term used to describe a person opposed to Christmas time celebrations or to someone with a coarse, greedy attitude. In fact, a document in the live-action film (the Book of Who) stated that "The term Grinchy shall apply when Christmas spirit is in short supply".

The Grinch has since become an icon of the winter holidays, despite the character's hatred of the season, and has appeared on various forms of memorabilia such as Christmas ornaments, plush dolls, Halloween costumes, and various clothing items.

Although the animated film and all subsequent visual media depict the Grinch as green with yellow eyes, in the original Seuss book he, like everything else, is printed in black, white, and shades of red. He lives in an isolated cave near Whoville, the town in which the original story takes place. His only companion is his faithful dog, Max (a Redbone Coonhound). He despises the Christmas holiday because his heart is "two sizes too small", and hatches a plan to steal the Whos' Christmas gifts and decorations, an act for which he disguises himself in a Santa suit.

In the film versions, the Grinch appears to possess a number of superhuman powers. He is able to lift a sleigh loaded with Whoville's entire supply of presents himself, with the strength "of ten Grinches, plus two." Though the animated special explains this as the Grinch influenced merely by Christmas spirit and his enlarged heart, the live film alludes to the notion that the Grinch was already incredibly strong. As a child, he was shown lifting a Christmas tree over his head and throwing it across the room. He also most likely carved out most of his cave with his bare hands, as the entrance was a rock wall when he was a child. The film also presents a number of other powers. These include his humanly impossible leaps, his inhuman accuracy (shown when throwing letters), his horrible breath, and an implied ability to be able to survive in the cold with little or no protection. He was also shown to be able to consume glass and pottery harmlessly, and seemed to very much enjoy consuming these. He also apparently made soup from toxic sludge. Also in the live-action film, the reason why the Grinch hated Christmas so much was due to a traumatizing childhood memory as an 8-year-old when most of his classmates made fun of him of his beard when he tried to shave it to look his best during one Christmas Day. The mocking laughter of the classmates is what made the Grinch so angry, that he started to take out his rage against the classrom, scaring the classmates away and declaring that he hates Christmas before running away to live in the top of the mountain.


In 1977, Seuss responded to the fan request for more Grinch tales by writing Halloween Is Grinch Night, a Halloween special that aired on ABC. This was followed in 1982, when Marvel green-lit The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat, which was also produced by Dr. Seuss (though under his real name, Ted Geisel). Although not as successful as the original, the two spin-offs both received Emmy Awards. Several episodes of the 1996 Nick Jr. television show The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss featured the Grinch, this time in puppet form, a rare screen appearance for the character without being animated or illustrated.

A 2000 live-action feature film based on the story, directed by Ron Howard and starring Jim Carrey in the title role, was a major financial success, though it received many mixed reviews and holds a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  A video game based on the film, simply entitled The Grinch was released on several consoles and PC in the same year. It was followed in 2007 with the release of a Nintendo DS version that went under the full title of the movie.
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 07:23:57 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

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#1 – Santa Claus
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Prof.Linus Van Pelt
Sure,  I can tell you all about Santa Claus

Lights, please: 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night."
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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2011, 07:25:01 PM
And now I'm off to watch elf. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 24, 2011, 07:48:04 PM
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#5 - Jack Skellington

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 128
7/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 4 (ColeStratton & CJones)


Had Jack at #13. I generally dislike musicals, but I just can't help but love that movie. His populairty is clearly widespread, too.


I won't rehash the argument about him being Christmas or Halloween (he's not Christmas), but what the hell is on jack's arm? Was he fisting the blob?

 :D

#3 - Ebenezer Scrooge

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 154
10/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (Compound)

You just knew Scrooge was gonna kick ass. I had him at #5. My favorite Scrooge is Mr. Magoo Scrooge. Man, I loved that as a kid. I should watch that again; haven't seen it for years.

#2 – The Grinch

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 170
10/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 1 (D.B. Barnes)

Oh, hell yeah. My favorite christmas character! Another great childhood memory. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas always made me tear up.

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#1 – Santa Claus

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 199
11/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 1 (Tripe, Compound & Imrahil)

Okay, who the hell didn't vote for Santa?!?


Here's my list:

1. The Grinch
2. The Abominable Snowman
3. Buddy the Elf

4. Sam the Snowman
5. Ebenezer Scrooge

6. Mr. Hankey
7. Yukon Cornelius
8. Horror Claus
9. Clark Griswold
10. Gizmo
11. Ralphie Parker
12. Heatmiser
13. Jack Skellington
14. The Krampus
15. Frosty the Snowman

16. Marcus (Bad Santa)
17. Snow Miser
18. Clarence the Angel
19. Bob Cratchit
20. Jack Frost
21. Santa Claus
22. Pitch

23. Cindy Lou Who
24. Tiny Tim
25. Old Man Winter

Not bad. Although, I'm a little disappointed Mr. Hankey didn't make the cut.  :(

Top-notch work, Tripe. I think The Krampus has set the bar for all future LOC commentators. This list was a treat!

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Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: CJones on December 24, 2011, 07:51:13 PM





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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 199
11/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 1 (Tripe, Compound & Imrahil)

Wow. Considering I know I didn't have (non-Futurama, non-Invader Zim) Santa on my list, I must be the one the Krampus will be coming for. I feel honored.... sort of.

I'm a little surprised we got the Ghosts of Christmases Future and Present, but not the Ghost of Christmas Past (unless I missed it). I didn't vote for any of them myself. I went with the trio of Futurama holiday characters instead to pad out my list. Seemed more... multicultural.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 24, 2011, 07:52:44 PM
Good list!  And I'm pleasantly surprised to see Buddy the Elf make it to the top ten.  

Krampus definitely stole the show.  I will beat a small child in his honor!
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: wurwolf on December 24, 2011, 08:02:07 PM
Good list!  And I'm pleasantly surprised to see Buddy the Elf make it to the top ten.  

Krampus definitely stole the show.  I will beat a small child in his honor!

Is that a euphemism?

It's going to have to be, I'm tired and I just want to go to sleep.

This was a great job, Tripe. I really enjoyed reading your commentary and the Krampus bits were downright inspired. Very well done, and thank you for doing this!

Here's my list. By the end I was really scraping the bottom of the holiday character barrel. I had a hard time coming up with a bunch of different names.

1. Baby Jesus
2. Krampus
3. Der Belsnickle (Pennsylvania Dutch Santa)
4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
5. Abominable Snow Monster (from the Rankin-Bass Rudolph)
6. Buddy the Elf
7. Santa Claus
8. Charlie in the Box (from the Rankin-Bass Rudolph)
9. The Grinch
10. Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
11. Christmas Shoes kid
12. Jack Skellington
13. Jack Frost
14. Ebenezer Scrooge
15. King Moon Razer (from Rankin-Bass Rudolph)
16. Max (Grinch's dog)
17. Hermie/Herbie the elf
18. Heat Miser
19. Cold Miser
20. Old Man Winter
21. Pitch (from the MST3k Santa Claus movie)
22. Mrs. Claus
23. Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey
24. Dan Fogelberg's old lover
25. King Herod
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: CJones on December 24, 2011, 08:02:59 PM
Here is my list. And yes, to reiterate, I was the person who didn't vote for Santa. I already had three variations of Santa on my list, and I just felt generic Santa was too, well, to be honest, boring. Besides, I never believed in Santa, so I missed out on that whole childhood experience.

1 Frank Cross (Scrooged, my favorite Christmas movie)
2 Ralphie (A Christmas Story, second favorite)
3 Kris Kringle (Miracle on 34th Street)
4 Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

5 Albert (Twas the Night Before Christmas) - This was always a favorite of mine when I was a kid. I'm a litttle disappointed this didn't make it
6 The Hogfather (various Discworld books, and the made for TV movie, which was surprisingly good)
7 Robot Santa (Futurama)
8 Hermy (The elf who wanted to be a dentist in that Rankin/Bass Rudolf special)

9 Hardrock, Coco and Joe (the song and short of the same name)
10 Tingles the Christmas Tension (Parody of Hardrock, Coco and Joe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UIwFCzH3BI)
11 Father Time (although there are many representations, I'm was thinking of the one that is traditionally replaced by the New Year's Baby)
12 Patrick Swayze (Let's have a Patrick Swayze Christmas)
13 The Killer Santa Suit (Invader Zim, The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever)
14 Clark Griswold (Christmas Vacation)
15 Kevin McCallister (Home Alone)
16 Gizmo (Gremlins)
17 The Heat Miser (The Year without a Santa Claus)

18 Brian (Life of Brian) - I know this is a stretch, but he was born on the first Christmas after all. Your call.
19 The Grinch
20 Suzy Snowflake
21 Rudolf the Red Nosed Reigndeer
22 Scott Calvin (The Santa Clause)
23 Kwanzaa-Bot (Futurama)
24 Hanukkah Zombie (Futurama)

25 Turbo Man (Jingle All the Way)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 24, 2011, 08:11:09 PM
Here is my list.

1.  8 lb 6 oz newborn infant Jesus, don't even know a word yet.
2. Bob Wallace - White Christmas
3. Buddy the Elf
4. Good King Wenceslaus
5.Phil Davis - White Christmas
6. Gluggagægir
7. Guy Standing In Line - The Christmas Shoes
8. Santa Claus
9. Ebenezer Scrooge
10. The Yule Goat
11. George Bailey
12. Krampus
13. Balthazar
14. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
15. Joseph, Jules, Albert, Adolphe - We're No Angels
16. Joanne Clayton & Escaped Homicidal Maniac - Tales From the Crypt
17. Jacob Marley
18. Mr. Fezziwig
19. Ghost of Christmas Present
20. Zwarte Piet
21. St. Lucy
22. Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee - Babes in Toyland
23. Councilor Drosselmeyer
24. The Mouse King
25. Jim and Della Young - The Gift of the Magi
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 24, 2011, 08:30:35 PM
Great List.

1. Kris Kringle (Miracle on 34th Street)
2. Santa Claus
3. Buddy the Elf
4. The Grinch
5. Ebenezer Scrooge
6. The Ghost of Christmas Present
7. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
8. The Baby Jesus (can be counted with regular Jesus)

9. Winter (Santa Claus is Coming to Town)
10. Yukon Cornelius11. Papa Elf (as played by Bob Newhart)
12. His Little Dog Max (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
13. Pitch
14. Krampus
15. Frosty the Snowman
16. The 3 Magi/Wisemen
17. Zwarte Piet (Black Peter)
18. Robot Santa

19. Jingle Belle
20. A Tree of No Account
21. The Woman in Black (The framing device does take place at Christmas)
22. Tiny Tim
23. Ralphie Parker
24. John McClane
25. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


I love the Grinch.  By far Dr. Suess' Best work and quite possibly Chuck Jones' (after Duck Amuck).  Rewatched Alistair Sim Scrooge last night.  I think the reason Scrooge and Grinch make such great characters is that they are truly nasty in the beginning and yet somehow the change of heart in both their stories seem plausible since their nastiness doesn't stem from simply being born evil, but simply being blind to a better way of living.  I love almost any incarnation of A Christmas Carol.  Almost.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 24, 2011, 08:32:27 PM
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

(http://images2.layoutsparks.com/1/183188/jack-skellington-cartoon-weird.jpg)
#5 - Jack Skellington
?

I won't rehash the argument about him being Christmas or Halloween (he's not Christmas), but what the hell is on jack's arm? Was he fisting the blob?

It's from some very forgettable video game incarnation of some such thing.

And thanks to Tripe for hosting an awesome list.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 24, 2011, 08:39:49 PM
20. A Tree of No Account

 :D  :clap:  Nicely done, Sir.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Compound on December 24, 2011, 08:40:51 PM
I'll toss in my list. I'm a bit miffed that I spaced the Ghosts but meh. What are you going to do?

1   Santa
2   Ebenezer Scrooge
3   Laura Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas
4   George Bailey
5   The Hogfather
6   Rudolph
7   John McClane (Die Hard)
8   Linus Van Pelt
9   Jack Skellington
10   Herbie the Dentist Elf
11   The Little Drummer Boy
12   Yukon Cornelius
13   DA Thomas Mara (Miracle on 34th St.)
14   Joseph (We're No Angels)
15   Frank Cross (Scrooged)
16   Olive (Olive the Other Reindeer)
17   Billy Ray Valentine (Trading Places)
18   Pitch (Santa Claus)
19   Sheridan Whiteside (The Man who Came to Dinner)
20   Droppo(Santa Claus Conquers the Martians)
21   The Hebrew Hammer
22   Kevin McCallister (Home Alone)
23   Ivan Drago (Rocky IV) (The final fight takes place on Christmas Day)
24   The Lemon Drop Kid
25   The Magic Christmas Tree
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Darth Geek on December 24, 2011, 09:49:06 PM
Here is my list. I had a pretty good showing this time.
 I've never seen Miracel on 34th St. or It's a Wonderful Life, so if I had, I probably would have put a character or two from that replacing some of the ones at the bottom.
Also, I was unaware of a lot of the non-typical and no-Christian characters that made it on the Top 50, so I am glad it had a more diverse variety than I had.

Loc Top Winter Holiday Characters

1. Jesus
2. Santa Claus
3. Santa Christ (Nostalgia Critic videos & Kickassia)
4. The Grinch
5. Snow Miser
6. Jack Skelington
7. Ebenezer Scrooge
8. Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
9. Ghost of Christmas Present
10.Robot Santa (Futurama)
11.John McClane
12.Frank Cross (Scrooged)
13.Gremlins
      Gizmo made the list and not the Gremlins themselves?! Giz is just a plush toy, the Gremlins are badass!
      And I should have included on this list Billy's Mom. Now she was awesome!
14.Frosty the Snowman
15.Abominable Snowman
16.The Old Man (A Christmas Story)
17.Pietari (Rare Exports)
      A really good character and the acting is great. I have little doubt this movie will become a staple of holiday viewing for the people who see it.
      Also, he acts like a kid most of the film, but at the end his balls drop and he becomes a fucking BADASS!
18.Ralphie Parker (A Christmas Story)
19.Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
20.Clark Griswald (Christmas Vacation)
21.Jack Frost
22.Harry (Home Alone)
23.Marv (Home Alone)
24.Cousin Eddie (Christmas Vacation)
25.Mr. Hanke the Christmas Poo


And if I had known about this when I made my list, I would have put him on it. CLAUSFERATU:
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_m6aJOwGpyfI/SzSA4E5RD6I/AAAAAAAAFr0/KJM8OcN_Dss/s400/two+front+teeth_clausferatu.jpg)

Great job with the list, Tripe. The whole Krampus thing (another character I was unaware of) was awesome.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Pak-Man on December 25, 2011, 12:53:24 AM
Hey put me down for one of those #1 Grinch votes too. Here's the whole shebang:

1. The Grinch (Dr. Seuss)
2. Multiple Santa (The Tick)
3. Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From the Future (Aqua Teen Hunger Force)
4. The Hogfather (Discworld)
5. Robot Santa (Futurama)
6. Droppo (Santa Claus Conquers the Martians)
7. Rudolph (The Red Nosed Reindeer)
8. Kwaanzabot (Futurama)
9. Pitch (Santa Claus)
10. The Shaven Yak (Ren and Stimpy)
11. Santa Claus
12. Composite Santa (Robot Chicken)
13. Bizzaro Santa (Space Ghost: Coast to Coast)
14. Gizmo (Gremlins)
15. Heat Meiser (The Year Without a Santa Claus)
16. Hannukah Zombie (Futurama)
17. The Krampus
18. Cold Meiser (The Year Without a Santa Claus)
19. Frosty the Snowman (THe Rankin/Bass one)
20. The Ghost of Christmas Past/Present/Future (If I have to pick, go with Future.)
21. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
22. The Ice Cream Bunny
23. Ebineezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)
24. Herbie, the Misfit Elf (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)
25. The Christmas Critters (South Park)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Pak-Man on December 25, 2011, 12:56:51 AM
5 Albert (Twas the Night Before Christmas) - This was always a favorite of mine when I was a kid. I'm a litttle disappointed this didn't make it

If I had remembered, he would have. I love that special too. "Even a Miracle Needs a Hand" is probably the best Christmas song they don't play on the radio. :^)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 25, 2011, 06:11:45 AM
So here's my list


1   Santa
2   Dionysus
3   Hanuman
4   The Magi
5   St. Lucy
6   Odin
7   Scrooge
8   Zwarte Piet (Black Peter)
9   Krampus
10   Caganar
11   Befana
12   Judas Maccabees
13   Pantomime Horse
14   The Ghost of Christmas Present
15   The Woman in Black
16   The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
17   The Hogfather
18   Ganesh
19   Mari Lwyd
20   Drosselmeier
21   Pantomime Dame
22   The Grinch
23   The Heat Miser
24   Knecht Ruprecht
25   Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

So thoughts: Well I wish I'd done more with Linus, but most of my thoughts about where the kids in Peanuts end up aren't festive so maybe something for a different list.

I'm really pleased that people enjoyed the musings of Krampus, aside from the couple that featured blonde Zooey Deschanel and a girl that works at the Whole Foods I shop at, my dreams last night mostly featured tentative plans for a rod and glove puppet of the lovable spirit of punishment (I know how John Galsworthy felt in creating Soames Forsyte; he starts of making him a monster, by the end he's adorable :D)

(http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/378996_2677170221976_1637871610_2426328_275215667_n.jpg)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 25, 2011, 07:41:42 AM
Cool, I wasn't the only person with the Woman in Black.

I hope the upcoming movie is good.

http://www.youtube.com/v/arixaTWmIA0

Merry Christmas.
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Tripe on December 25, 2011, 07:46:05 AM
I still don't understand why they have an American little girl reading the copy in that trailer.Hopefully that's merely a trailer thing.

I love The Women In Black, it's a phenomenal ghost story for Christmas, I've never seen, or heard, a bad version of it. My favourite so far is the radio version though. :)
Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: ColeStratton on December 25, 2011, 05:33:55 PM
Nice list. Wish there had been a bit more Henson love. In addition to Emmet Otter, I used to love The Christmas Toy as well, particularly Rugby and Mew the Mouse.

(http://i39.tinypic.com/x458co.jpg)

My list...

1. The Riverbottom Nightmare Band (Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas)
2. Ralphie (A Christmas Story)
3. Emmet Otter (Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas)
4. Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

5. Rugby the Tiger (The Christmas Toy)
6. Buddy the Elf (Elf)
7. George Bailey (It’s A Wonderful Life)
8. The Old Man (A Christmas Story)
9. The Grinch (Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
10. Herme the Elf (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
11. John McClaine (Die Hard)

12. Billy Mack (Love Actually)
13. Yukon Cornelius (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
14. Hanukkah Harry (Saturday Night Live)
15. Kevin McCallister (Home Alone)
16. Mew the Mouse (The Christmas Toy)
17. Randy (A Christmas Story)
18. Tiny Tim (A Christmas Carol)
19. The Abominable Snowman (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
20. Susan Walker (A Miracle on 34th Street)
21. Frank Cross (Scrooged)
22. Gus (The Ref)
23. Charlie-in-the-Box (Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer)
24. Flick (A Christmas Story)
25. Santa Claus


Title: Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 25, 2011, 07:37:16 PM
Nice list. Wish there had been a bit more Henson love. In addition to Emmet Otter, I used to love The Christmas Toy as well, particularly Rugby and Mew the Mouse.

(http://i39.tinypic.com/x458co.jpg)

Hey, I remember that... being very, very sad.

Hanukkah Harry almost made my list.