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Is It Really Christmas Already?

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It seems like it was just Black Friday last week.

Even though we crammed a lot of holiday cheer into this season, our list-of-things-to-watch is only getting longer. As I mentioned this year, researching one holiday special keeps leading us to more and more. Netflix sees our patterns and recommends more Christmas-themed stuff. We buy obscure movies and specials all year long whenever we find them cheap. So don’t worry about us running out of material anytime soon.

The thing that most surprised me this year was how many honestly enjoyable, quality movies we watched.

Some of the highlights of this year for me were:

Meet Me in St. Louis - a classic movie musical, expertly crafted and gorgeously filmedThe Apartment - another classic, this one quietly subversive, biting, and extremely clever8 Women - a french film about family, anger, passion, and the judgement of women by womenMrs. Santa Claus - a sweet family musical about feminism and social justice in the 1910s, starring Angela Lansb…

10 Deadly Christmas Elves

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Too often elves are portrayed as weak and timid. Even if you doubt Christmas elves are as proficient with the long and short sword and bow as their sylvan cousins, you shouldn't underestimate their unique talents. Make no mistake: while forged in Santa's workshops, their skills have militaristic applications.

With that in mind, Mainlining Christmas would like to offer a list of 10 elves who are potentially lethal.

Wayne, Call Sign: Little Drummer Boy (Prep & Landing)

Weapon of Choice: Sleep grenades, cane hook, tree trimmer, and a host of other high-tech gadgets.

Danger Level: Low. Wayne's equipment is intended for non-lethal combat, and his centuries of training and experience make it incredibly unlikely he'd lose control and do anything drastic. However, it's worth remembering three facts: he's prone to depression, he's slipped up before, and he's proven again and again that his gear is extremely versatile. Would he ever take a life? Probably not. …