25 practical Christmas wishes

‘Twas the night before Christmas…and your wishlist sucked. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you this year, we put together a list of the 25 most practical (?) Christmas wishes of all time. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s okay. Only one of us does anyway.

Stuff yo' stocking.

Stuff yo’ stocking.

1. Mandatory study guides for finals

Remember study guides? We don’t. The key to everyone passing high school has been stripped by many of our professors. Please bring them back. Please.

2. An actual idea of what is going on in the world

Yeah, we’re Brown students. We’re socially aware or whatever. We dabble in the New York Times. But life on College Hill can be so consuming that it’s easy to forget that the real world exists. Well, it does. Continue Reading

Snow Jamz: A wintry mix

If finals period isn’t enough of a reminder, winter is here—we’ve traded in the cornucopias, foliage, and the three sisters for inflatable Santas, candy canes, and, well, snow this sleet-y excuse for snow in Providence. Here are some of our squad’s favorite melodious slow snow jamz for any snowyish-day mood:

Jamz for cuddling: These songs will make you want to snuggle up with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate, hide under a blanket, and stare out the window as the snow comes down. Curl up under a with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, snuggle under a blanket, and enjoy watching the snow as it falls down.

  • Winter Song — Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson: The “bum bum bum bum, bum bum bum bum bum”s and the bells in this song will definitely put you in the winter mood.

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It’s still fall, Starbucks

Just one day after Halloween, Starbucks traded in its push on pumpkin-flavored everything for an aggressive campaign chock-full of Christmas cheer. The Thayer Street Starbucks unveiled its red Christmas cups on November 1 and began to feature its winter-inspired beverages, such as the Eggnog Latte, the Peppermint Mocha, and the Gingerbread Latte on its chalkboard behind the bar.

The move by the coffee giant has elicited mixed reactions among Brown students. We went out into the field (read: did our homework at the long, communal table probably inspired by those at Le Pain Quotidien) and observed students as they reacted to the snowflake-slathered cups. Some were elated, exclaiming, “OMG, Christmas!” and even “Ugh, I’ve missed these,” while others were very confused. We understand the excitement surrounding this “push on Christmas,” as one of the baristas explained it, but last time we checked, it’s still fall.

Let’s give Starbucks some credit: last year it aggressively brought the red cups back on October 25, a little less than a week before Halloween. The colored leaves were still on the trees, and the apocalyptic, poorly-timed snowstorm had yet to blanket PVD. ‘Bucks gets points for holding off until after Halloween this year, but November 1 is still too soon—Thanksgiving is still weeks away! We’ve complained about this before—as we do about a lot of things—but our complaints are well-founded: it seems as if fall has been written off completely (we’re mostly upset because some of us haven’t even gone apple picking yet). In the meantime, if you’re in winter denial and think this move is ho-ho-horrible, you probably should just to stick to getting an iced coffee.

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The best ways to enjoy the holidays in Providence / not study for finals

Looking for more ways to procrastinate? BlogDH is here with a roundup of the best things to do in Providence during December that don’t involve orgo, the SciLi or copious amounts of caffeine.

Head down to Federal Hill Dec. 11 for a festive afternoon of carols and cocoa, plus a visit from Santa himself.

Embark on Hope Street’s Annual Winter Stroll Dec. 15. Take in the results of the Merchant’s Window Dressing Contest while taking advantage of the special sales and promotions. Enjoy the live entertainment and look out for Santa!

He’s back! That’s right, Tony Lapore has returned to grace the intersection of Dorrance and Westminister with his studly dance moves. Walk down around mid-day for a free show.  Continue Reading

Jon Stewart rallies the Pilgrims to defend our heathen governor

As certain people have so politely put it, true red-blooded Americans are under attack, with thousands of us dying every day.  Of course, by “us” I mean “our delicate Christmas spirits.” Yes, I’m talking about the recent smear campaign, launched by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14, against the glowing spruce spreading its rearview-mirror-air-freshener scent all around our local State House rotunda. As reported by every news outlet west of the Holy Land, Gov. Chafee recently had the satanic audacity to call our Jesus Juniper a “Holiday Tree.”  Really, Chafee?  You thought your crucifix-rubbing constituents wouldn’t notice?

Well…okay, I didn’t notice.  But guess who did?  Jon Stewart.  The Pundit Prince himself took to the airwaves and gave all the crusading berserkers at Faux News a piece of his mind.  I won’t spoil the historical revelations for you, but let’s just say that the Pilgrims and the Founding Fuckin’ Fathers themselves all showed up to support Chafee.

So I guess the godforsaken gubernatorials got the upper hand this time. And that scares me. What’s next?  Islamic icicles?  Wiccan wreaths? On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen!  On Comet, on Cupid, on Donder and…BUDDHIST?  How am I supposed to explain that to my five-year-old son? Chafee, you’re what Alfred was talking about. You just want to watch Christmas burn.

It all evens out in the end, though, because despite Chafee pushing the Arboreal Antichrist on us, Sean Hannity still looks like the cigar-smoking bastard child of Newt Gingrich, Jay Leno, and a teddy bear.  (And on that note, I summon Rule 34.  You’re welcome.)

You can watch the clip here and the full episode here.

Deck the dorm: A beginner’s guide to holiday decorating

‘Tis the season! Even if you’ve been swept up by the Finals Countdown and have been in a perpetual SciLi state of mind, you can’t ignore the holiday cheer that has swept over Providence. The question is: have you been celebrating the most wonderful time of year? Let’s be real: prep for finals period means your dorm room is neglected, your bed remains unmade and you haven’t seen the top of your desk since midterms. But it’s the holidays, yo! Give your dorm room some Holiday TLC. BlogDailyHerald is here to make sure your room is filled with holiday cheer.

Get crafty

  • Paper snowflakes: Remember that POLS paper you swore you’d never look at again? Now’s your chance to recycle it to a more jolly life. Follow online tutorials like this one (you can skip ahead to 0:45), and turn your realist argument into sweet wall decorations!
  • Coffee and tea wreaths: We know your coffee and tea consumption have gone up exponentially in the past week. So take your vice and turn it into a festive wreath! Whether it’s your collection of Starbucks sleeves or the Tazo bags you’ve been stocking up on, you can turn your caffeinated drink of choice into a crafty door dec.
  • Jingle bells: Do you fucking love the holidays? Do you hate your roommate? If you answered either of these questions with an enthusiastic “Yes!”, you might want to vent your emotions by purchasing vast quantities of sleigh bells. Hang them on your door handle, sow them onto your pillows, make yourself a bracelet… Be aggressively merry. But while these are the epitome of Christmas cheer, they get very annoying very fast. However, they send a very clear message: I fucking love Christmas and I WANT YOU TO KNOW IT. Continue Reading