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Watch Patrick Stewart Celebrate Christmas With The Most Absurd Hat Ever

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We know Christmas was two days ago, but, especially with a weekend right after, we’re all still in the shadow of the holiday, sort of working in the interim between the birth of Baby Jesus (and Sir Isaac Newton) and the start of the new calendar year. Christmas is the kind of holiday you can stretch out for as long as you want, and in that spirit, here is a video of Patrick Stewart wearing what is maybe the most ridiculous holiday hat you’ve ever seen. Enjoy.

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Watch The Doctor Meet Santa Claus In This Doctor Who Christmas Special Clip

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It’s truly a magical time of the year for Whovians everywhere, as we’re only ten days away from the latest of Doctor Who’s annual Christmas specials. And if you just can’t wait, if you need a fix from the long running sci-fi adventure, like bad, here is an explosive (sorry, had to be done) new clip from the upcoming episode.

Ominously titled “The Last Christmas,” this installment promises to be a doozy for a variety of reasons. First, it features none other than the big guy himself, Santa Claus, played by general awesome dude, and frequent Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg collaborator, Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End). That alone makes for a rad way to celebrate Christmas and is enough to entice many viewers, but this is the episode that we’ve been told will reveal the ultimate fate of the Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) latest travelling companion, Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman).

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Four Sci-Fi Movies You Might Not Remember Were Set During Christmas

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XmasElbaSince their inception, movies have loved to use holidays as a backdrop to the stories they tell. It makes sense. Celebrated by large swathes of the population, their inclusion lends an air of commonality to the proceedings, a sense that the people on screen are not so different from you the viewer. Each holiday comes with its own set of easily recognizable tropes, and many bring with them their own set of complications and problems to add layers to a narrative. How many times have we watched a family gathering set on Thanksgiving, where people not usually in the same room with one another come to blows, real or metaphorical, when forced into close proximity?

Christmas, being the biggest kid on the holiday block, has easily amassed the greatest number of holiday-themed movies, and science fiction is not immune from taking part in the cinematic festivities. In honor of December 25 rolling around once again, we decided to put together a collection of some of our favorite sc-fi you might not remember unfolded during this festive season. Did we miss any of your favorite sci-fi holiday gems?

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Kiss Lando Under The Mistletoe With These Awesome Star Wars Christmas Cards And Ornaments

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pj mcquade star wars christmas cardsThe holiday season is a time usually spent celebrating traditions, whether religious, familial, or consumer-based. Some people choose to start celebrating Christmas immediately post-Halloween, but we like to wait until December here at GFR. And our new favorite tradition is getting a look at all of the ridiculously cool holiday merch released by pop culture-infused artist and designer PJ McQuade. He’s outdone himself this year, stopping not just at savvy and silly Christmas cards, but moving onto creating ornaments from his work. You can now finally have the perfect Christmas tree. All those years you’ve spent trying were all for naught, and you have pretty much wasted most of your life until now. Merry Christmas.

Star Wars may not be the most likely place to show your Christmas spirit, given you’re probably still on meds to help you forget the 1978 holiday special. But McQuade makes it seem like the most natural fit in the world. If hanging up pictures of Lando Calrissian under mistletoe doesn’t become the next great Christmas tradition, then I’m going to personally put a hit out on the Elf on the Shelf in order to get the movement started.

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Picard Gets Festive, Sings Make It So, Make It So, Make It So

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Star Trek doesn’t delve into religion that often, unless it’s some weird alien kind or it involves some pissed-off god who makes the Enterprise crew wear togas and sacrifice lemurs to him because he’s lonely and the Earthlings never call or write or pray anymore. But we do at least know that Christmas is still a thing in the twenty-whateverth century, thanks to that time in Generations when Picard flashed back to a happy holiday of yore. Well, Picard and the crew of the TNG-era Enterprise are clearly feeling the spirit of the season, and that means it’s time to sing!

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Follow Santa’s Christmas Escapades With Both NORAD And Google’s Tracker Websites

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santaAs human beings living in the 21st century, it’s pretty obvious that we like to spend a lot of time and money on recreational items and processes. I’ve gotten pretty pissed off over video games and fantasy football in the past, and I could fill a gel-cap for all the good it did me. But sometimes it’s the meaning behind the act that makes it relevant, such as the tradition of telling children about Santa Claus. What better way is there to celebrate the Christian form of sun-worship than drowning it in consumerism?

Since 1955, when a Sears ad about calling Santa Claus mistakenly printed the phone number for the Colorado Springs Continental Air Defense Command, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking the Christmas Eve and Christmas day movements of Santa Claus, from the North Pole to the house of Cindy Lou Who. Since first jumping onto this whole “Internet” thing in 2004, NORAD has been using Google’s mapping data for tracking, but that came to a sleigh-grinding halt earlier this year . For the first time, NORAD has partnered with Bing for its Kris Kingle-locating, while Google recently unveiled their own tracker. Perhaps we would be worried if Apple had just dropped Google for Bing, but NORAD has been doing this kind of thing for a while now, and probably won’t renege on their decision at midnight on Christmas Eve.