‘Tis the season to give us your Musts!It’s four days into December, the Rockefeller tree is lit, and I wore gloves to work this morning. I guess I can finally accept that the Holiday Season is in full swing.
If you like your yuletide with a side of irony just like I do, then you should probably check out my Ho-ho-holiday (get it?!) Must List No. 1: Scared of Santa, 250 photos of frightened youngins with Mr. Claus culled from submissions for a Chicago Tribune feature that was too funny not to release in book form. Getting my photo taken on Santa’s lap was always more of a curiosity than a traumatic experience, but my younger sister was captured mid-cry in one of our holiday photos (I’m happy to report that 18 years later she has no residual Santa fear). She’d fit right in with this collection of anti-Claus kids. I feel for the poor, bewildered Santas, but the juxtaposition of their cheerfulness and the children’s terror is too hilarious for words (and timeless, really — some photos are new, some are decades old). There’s also totally bored toddlers, bribery captured on film, and questionable fashion statements. The book is broken down into different chapters (you’ve got your criers, your lungers, your sibling rivalries) for easy searching.
What are your Holiday-themed musts, PopWatchers? List up to three items from old and current Holiday-related TV/movies/music/books/games/online. Don’t forget your e-mail address, in case we decide to use your submission in the magazine. Deadline is tomorrow, which is Friday, at 10 a.m. ET.