All items tagged with "holidays"

Feel better about your own relatives with these 5 dysfunctional-family films

Denis Leary is just not having it in The Ref. Photo: Touchstone Pictures

Denis Leary is just not having it in The Ref. Photo: Touchstone Pictures

The holidays are upon us, and that means you’re probably about to spend a lot of time with your family. Your family is probably great, but some people aren’t so lucky. And for those rare cases of people who dread all of the “quality time” they’re about to be exposed to, we’ve collected an assortment of movies to make them appreciate what they have a little more.

Because things could almost always be worse. For example:

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The reason for the season: affordable tech gifts for kids

This little iGuy from Speck will keep your kid's expensive gift a lot safer. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

This little iGuy case from Speck will keep your kid’s expensive gift a lot safer. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Kids everywhere are looking to Santa to bring them the hottest tech toys around, including iPhones, iPads, Nintendo 3DSes and Sony PlayStations, but these types of gifts can certainly strain a lowly elf’s meager paycheck.

If you’re looking for engaging and interesting gifts that won’t burst Santa’s money sack, take a look at the list we’ve put together for you below. It’s full of fun stuff that won’t leave you unable to afford a plate of cookies for that big red jolly fellow.

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Treat your ears to the weirdest holiday songs ever

Nothing says holiday music like...wait, what? Photo: King Diamond

Nothing says holiday music like…wait, what? Photo: King Diamond

It’s easy to list off classic songs of the season, isn’t it? Even now, the hit holiday tunes we all know by heart rush up the music charts every year, gracing radio and streaming options for the happiest season of them all.

Of course Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” — written in 1944 by Mel Torme — is currently No. 5 on the Billboard charts, while “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee (1958) tops even that chestnut at No. 3 of the top hot holiday songs as well.

But what about all those other holiday songs that never had a chance to be on a chart anywhere, except perhaps the chord charts these bands use to play live gigs? How will the odd songs, the weird ones — the tunes that just “think different” — ever get heard?

That’s why we’re here, with a bunch of weird tunes you just have to hear. Happy holidays!

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Holiday cheer as hipsters get hit in face with snowballs

Wow, that looks cold. Photo: Exit 10

Wow, that looks cold. Photo: Exit 10

There’s nothing better than a snowball fight, unless its a snowball fight you can watch from the comfort of your couch and Macbook Pro.

Even better is a snowball (or two!) in the face of a bunch of adorable hipsters from Exit 10, a design studio in Baltimore that put together this ultra-slow-mo snowball massacre for you to enjoy.

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Find and add national holidays to your Google calendar

Google Calendar

I don’t think I would make it in life anymore without my Google calendars. Having my appointments and date-based reminders in Google’s system makes sure I can access them wherever I am, and with whatever device I have at hand: iPhone, iPad, MacBook, someone else’s computer.

Today I went looking to see if this coming Monday is Memorial Day, because as an online writer, I totally forget those sorts of things, along with info like, “what day is it,” and “did I wear pants yet?”

Regardless, I went searching and realized my calendar did not have major US holidays on it. Here’s how I fixed that oversight.

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Never Forget Cinco De Mayo Again – Add Holidays To Your Mac’s Calendar [OS X Tips]

Holidays Calendar

Quick – when is Earth Day this year? How about Saint Patrick’s Day? Not sure?

Then why not enable US Holidays in your Calendar app, right on your very own Mac? It’s quick, simple, and will make sure you never forget to wear green on March 17, or recycle on April 22.

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Check Out The Large Christmas Tree On Apple’s Cupertino HQ [Image]

Check Out The Large Christmas Tree On Apple’s Cupertino HQ [Image]

Apple UI designer Robert Padbury took the above pic from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. The location is Caffe Macs, Apple’s world class cafeteria. As you can see, Apple has decorated its campus for the holidays, and others pause to look at the giant Christmas tree outside.

Apple is shutting down iTunes Connect from December 21st-28th to give employees time off to enjoy the holidays.

Cult of Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her Edition [Updated]

Cult of Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her Edition [Updated]

Believe it or not, Black Friday has already come and gone. Pretty soon the Christmas season will begin, and we’ll mark this midwinter festival by getting together with friends and family and continuing to drink and eat far too much.
Meanwhile, we also buy gifts for those same friends and family members, whether they want them or not. Luckily, we’re here to help, and if you follow our festive advice, your gifts just might make it into the “wanted” category.
From now until Christmas, Cult of Mac will be putting together holiday gift guys full of ideas for the special ones in your life, no matter what their interests or your budget. Today, we’re looking at gifts for the lovely laydee in your life.

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Gifted Makes You A Gifted Gift Giver [Review]

Gifted Makes You A Gifted Gift Giver [Review]

Your gifts, all wrapped up

Gifted is a one dollar gift-management app for iOS, that helps you track all the gifts for all the people at all the events you might have to deal with. It works, no doubt about that; but using it, I found myself shrinking away from the whole idea. This is not what gift-giving is all about, in my opinion.

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Just In Time For The Holidays, Apple Unveils The Amazing iWreath [Image]

Just In Time For The Holidays, Apple Unveils The Amazing iWreath [Image]

Apple Stores usually have some pretty neat display art at the front of all their stores, but this year’s holiday display is probably one of their coolest ever. We’re calling it the iWreath (for obvious reasons). It’s a holiday wreath comprised of iPod touches, Smart Covers, and an iPhone.

Okay, so they didn’t use real Apple products to form the iWreath, but it’s still pretty amazing even if it’s just a cardboard printout. If you head over to your local Apple Store sometime between now and Christmas you’ll be able to see the wonder of the iWreath for yourself.