I love Christmas Day… But there is a downside to it.
No, it’s not the post-unwrapping crash or the twelve pairs of socks and JC Penney sweater from Aunt May. It’s that span of time from when the last gift is unwrapped and when you sit down to Christmas dinner– I can smell the ham now, yummy!
For some reason, television is horrible on Christmas Day. Your choices consist of A Christmas Story, Lifetime/Hallmark Christmas Movies, or marathons of holiday related episodes. Why they don’t flood the airwaves with Rankin & Bass Specials— since this would be the day to do it– is beyond me. So here are some great gift ideas that won’t only entertain you till dinner, but all year long.
The River Complete First Season
ABC’s cancellation guillotine took the life of this promising horror show early in the year.
Once you watch it, you’ll wonder why.
Terra Nova Complete Series
Another show that got axed early, Terra Nova is one of the better Sci-Fi shows to come around in the last 5 years. It didn’t get a chance to explore everything in the universe, but neither did Firefly.
Hatfields & McCoys
The Best TV Show I’ve watched all year.
A perfect combination of fine script, excellent direction and great acting.
Adventure Time Complete First Season
Possibly the greatest cartoon of this generation.
(If that does make you want to give it a peek, what more can I do?)
Girls Complete Season One
The show for everyone that couldn’t stand Sex in the City– and those that did.
A masterful show about the lives and loves of women–even at its most awkward.
Demon Knights Vol 1
Seven Against The Dark
Dark fantasy at it’s best in comic form.
One of the best series to come out of the DC New 52 reboot.
A fun mini-series about the marital lives of superheroes.
It’s also a story that is easy for the non-comic fan to enjoy.
Saga Vol 1
Brian K. Vaughan’s newest tale about a lovers from both sides of an interstellar war on the run and raising their child.
One of the most real stories told with some of the most absurd elements.
Westlake Soul by Rio Youers
A man put in a vegetative state gains telepathic powers to communicate with the family dog and must fight a personification of Death.
It has been described by people much more knowledgeable than me as the best horror novel of 2012 and I agree.
Transformers Fall of Cybertron Action Figures
The Michael Bay films not only forever changed Transformers as entertainment, but the toys that came after it were sub-par due to the need to match the look and transformation process from the movies. The Fall of Cybertron figures– much like the game– are more like the classic figures.
Here’s hoping one of these cool gifts helps keep you occupied until the Turkey (or Ham) comes popping out of the oven!