Thanks to the magic of expanded cable, this year is the fifth consecutive holiday commemorated by the epic Monkees Christmas episode, where the boys teach Eddie Munster the true meaning of the holiday.  Along with Rudolph, Frosty and Snoopy, it’s one of my daughter’s favorite seasonal delights, even though she’s never actually seen The Munsters, making my werewolf boy jokes fall a bit flat.  The capper comes with the closing number, a four-part harmony a capella rendition of ‘Riu Chiu’, a traditional villancico of yore, only after which is it really Chrimmus, leading to today’s pre-holiday query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is sad that, thanks to the demise of my VCR, the ‘Space Ghost Christmas Special’ is one of our lost traditions, asking: What are your favorite holiday/end-of-year traditions?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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