Welcome back, everyone! Settle in!
It’s the last Links before Christmas. If you’re celebrating, I hope it’s lovely and exactly however you imagined it. But even if it’s not, that’s okay! Be gentle with yourself, especially as 2021 ends and 2022 begins.
Sarah and I recorded a podcast yesterday for an end of the year chat. I can’t wait for you all to listen to it!
As the title suggests, all of today’s links are related to the holidays or Christmas. Enjoy!
When I read this, it wasn’t behind a paywall yet, but I may have used up my free articles. I know The Holiday is amongst my friends’ favorite Christmas movies and two women sought to recreate it with their own swap experience. It’s super cute.
Here’s a thread of weird and wonderful Victorian holiday postcards. It makes me want to start collecting them for myself. Where would I even begin?!
I fucking live for unhinged Victorian Christmas cards. Some years I just share the terror with friends, and others I choose to spread the chaos. This year I pick the latter.
Let’s start with the truly inexplicable.
Frog + beetle waltz
— Lauryn Ipsum 🐝 (@LaurynIpsum) December 17, 2021
For all my fellow dark and twisted lovelies out there, McSweeney’s has a reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” as a Hallmark movie.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair has a racism problem, but if there is any bright spot to this article, it’s discovering and seeing all these gorgeous costumes created by the Londoners of the African Dispora. If you want to check them out, here is their Facebook page, their anti-racism initiative, and the president LaToya Tooles’s Instagram account with even more lovely costuming.
More than 200 cast members and thousands of guests have pledged to boycott the Great Dickens Christmas Fair over its failure to protect its volunteers and guests from racist and sexist behavior.https://t.co/06prXJoJai
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) December 4, 2021
Lastly, prepare to laugh and wheeze. Note that this video gets loud toward the end, so don’t have your headphones at max for your own comfort.
Don’t forget to share what cool or interesting things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!