Another Season Begins

For those just joining us... you're late. Pull up a chair in back, and save all questions for the end.

This is Mainlining Christmas, a blog devoted to experiencing the holiday season in its entirety, or as close as the limitations time, space, and mortality permit. Our music collection is daunting: more than 3,000 4,000 holiday songs and counting. As always, 100% of music we listen to of our own volition between now and Christmas will be drawn from that collection.

In addition to thirty pieces of fiction, numerous articles, and several digital cards, our archive houses approximately 330 reviews of holiday specials, episodes, and movies. And we'll be the first to acknowledge that's not remotely adequate. Our goal is to grow into the single greatest repository of Christmas reviews in the known Universe: we're not content at our current volume. If we asked a dozen random people to list the first 20 specials or movies that came to mind when they thought of Christmas, there'd likely only be a handful that we haven't covered... but there'd still be a few, and that's far too many.

With that in mind, you can expect this year to fill several of the lingering gaps. Prancer and Christmas With the Kranks are high on our list: those two have escaped us for far too long. As we continue to expand our horizons, we'll also keep excavating the obscure. There are strange and bizarre additions to the holiday being developed every year, as well as forgotten artifacts from the past.

With that in mind, we'd love to know what you think. If there's a Christmas special you remember from your childhood - or if there's something new you think we should cover - let us know. Either post something in the comments or use the Tipline. We'll add it to our list.

This is the fifth year of Mainlining Christmas. We hope to become as much a part of your holiday traditions as tinsel and fruitcake.