Christmas season 2017

November 24
Well, today is Black Friday, and I think it's the first time I've gone shopping on Black Friday in a few years, though I may be overestimating how long it's been. Anyway, that's not important. The reason I'm starting this year's journal today is because I watched the new Trolls Holiday special. Also today I watched a DC Kids Show episode in which Jett and Analei shared their DC Christmas Wish List (and recited an amusing DC-themed version of "The Night Before Christmas"). And that's all I have to say for now.

Nov. 25
Today Mom and I went to Grandma's house to string up the Christmas lights on her porch columns. (One string wasn't working, so we'll have to try to get the last column done another time.)

Nov. 29
I started a new section for my Christmas music reviews. It was in 2014 that I started a new page to review Christmas CDs, which I might have done a bit of that year, and a bit more in 2015, but I don't think I did any in 2016. And not nearly as many as I'd hoped to, those first two years. But anyway, the section I've started today uses a navframe just like for my reviews of TV, movies, books, comics... whatever. So over the course of December, I'm hoping to listen to and review all my Christmas CDs, and each will get its own page, instead of listing them all on just one page.

On a sadder note, I want to mention that sometime earlier this year, my NeoPets account was frozen. At the time, I decided not to bother looking into seeing why that happened or if it could get unfrozen. But the other day I finally sent an e-mail to NeoPets support about it, because I had started thinking about the annual Advent Calendar, and I didn't want to miss out on that. Today I got a reply, which said they can't help me because I apparently didn't provide an e-mail address when I started the account, so they can't verify that I'm the real owner. I mean... I don't remember anything that far back (I started doing Neopets in 2001), but it's hard for me to imagine it even would've been possible for someone to open an account without e-mail. But even assuming I had done, it's surely an address I wouldn't have access to now. So I suppose it's irrelevant. Anyway, I considered starting a brand new account, but at this point I don't plan to. Maybe I'll change my mind sometime, I don't know. It just feels like it would be wrong to have new pets and never see my old ones again. I know they're not real, but still....

Nov. 30
Today "DC Super Hero Girls" uploaded a holiday episode called It's a Superful Life. Also today, my sister set up her fake Christmas tree in the living room.

December 3
Today I started working on a page I've been wanting to start for... I dunno, at least a year, maybe a few years. A page to list Holiday Parody Episodes. My original idea was to focus on spoofs of "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life," but thanks to TV Tropes, I think I'll do at least one other variety of Christmas episode trope. Anyway, for now I just listed things I had previously put at the bottom of a little something that I always add to the end of any review I do of works based on A Christmas Carol. I'm sure there are other spoofs of that that I'll have to add later, before moving on to the Wonderful Life stuff. But now I'm done with that particular project, for the night. And then I watched Scrooged.

Dec. 4
More work on the Holiday Parodies page.

Dec. 5
More work on the Holiday Parodies page. Plus, in honor of Krampusnacht, I watched Gremlins.

Dec. 7
Last night was the premiere of a new series on Syfy, called "Happy!" It's pretty dark, but it's set around Christmas time, I guess. Anyway, I don't get Syfy, but I did manage to watch the premiere today on Hopefully I'll get to see the rest of the series there, too. (At the moment I'm only aware of there being four episodes scheduled, and I expect it to be a limited series... which I could sort of think of as one of Syfy's December miniseries events, though that's kind of a stretch.)

Dec. 8
Incidentally, I've done a bit of work on my Holiday Parodies page every day since I started, even if I don't always mention it. And I wouldn't have mentioned it today, but since I was making this entry for another reason, I thought I might as well. Anyway... today DC Kids Show did an episode called DIY Super Hero Snow Globes and Ornaments, and that's the reason I made an entry here today.

Dec. 9
A friend shared a link on facebook, to something from 2014 that I think I probably first saw today. José y Maria

Dec. 10
Read an article called There Is A War On Spirit Of Christmas, which is basically about how... there isn't really a war on Christmas, but things conservative politicians are doing are definitely against the spirit of Christmas (and Christianity in general). Also, when we went to Grandma's house for Sunday dinner, Beth and I put up some of Grandma's Christmas decorations. And later, when we got home, I did something I've been considering for the past few days: split up my holiday parodies page into separate pages for A Christmas Carol parodies and It's a Wonderful Life parodies, because the list was getting kind of long. (And I haven't even finished yet.) Later still, I watched the new Christmas episode of "Bob's Burgers," which was an hour long and was a musical. And it involved a search for a Krampus-like creature called the Bleaken. So that was fun. And then I watched the new Christmas episode of "Family Guy," even though I haven't watched that series for awhile now.

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