In 1982, Irish actor Frank Kelly released a parody of The Twelve Days of Christmas called Christmas Countdown in which he voices the character of Gobnait O’Lunasa as he reads twelve successive letters written to a woman named Nuala, thanking her for each of the gifts mentioned in the original song. But the letters become increasingly desperate (and hilarious) as his house fills up with birds, drummers, maids, etc. The link above is to an “unofficial” video on YouTube with a slideshow and lyrics.
This hoary old chestnut has been “doing the rounds” on email and the Usenet newsgroups since 1993, allegedly. The post satirises politically correct language by wishing everyone a happy Christmas in legalese. If you’ve never read it before… where have you been? The link above is to the earliest version on Google Groups I could find. I sent the putative author an email asking for source and attribution, but he hasn’t replied. 😦 For more in a similar vein, have a look at The Funniest Viral Emails Ever? compiled by Yours Truly. 😉
The elves at the North Pole have gone on strike and Santa has decided to use them as bowling pins in this surreal game. Outrageous, irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny and definitely not suitable for little children. Elf Bowling was an Internet sensation when first released by NVision Design in November, 1999. Many sequels followed, but this is the surprisingly elusive original. And if that still doesn’t satisfy your desire for creaky old software, surf on over to this Christmas Downloads page on a website that time forgot.
Decorate your Windows desktop with Christmas lights! This free program has been around for a few years now and has consistently received great reviews. Get Your Mac Desktop Ready for Christmas has links to similar software for Apple afficianados. And Google’s Hidden Holiday Surprises describes several festive “Easter Eggs” you can activate by typing certain phrases into a Google search box.
The animation is by Brown Bag Films and dates from 2002, but the audio was recorded in the 1960s and features the voice of a little girl from inner city Dublin telling the story of John the Baptist. Turn on the subtitles if you can’t understand her accent. She’s so sincere and tells the story with such enthusiasm, you can’t keep yourself from laughing.
Twelve cartoons from Bill Watterson‘s Calvin and Hobbes comic strip featuring Calvin’s snowmen. Ingeniously clever and hilariously funny. I can’t recommend them highly enough, but the images may take a while to load. Retrieved from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
If you have any Christmas-related links you’d like to share, feel free to submit them in a comment. I hope to update this post annually with some fresh links so any suggestions greatly appreciated! 🙂