Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.

 

Chewbacca singing Silent Night. That is all.

Check out the funniest Christmas tweets, videos, stories and humor on the web. Who else needs these right now?

Need ideas for last-minute holiday gifts? Got you covered, big time.

Also, 28 cool ideas for tech stocking stuffers that we’d take any time of year.

Fun twists on traditional Hanukkah recipes. Marzipan, Dark Chocolate + Orange Rugelach? ZOMG.

Already onto gift wrapping? Check out the cutest printable gift tags, mostly free! (Liz went with the Elf movie quotes, herself.)

Pretty awesome: The Chance the Rapper and Jeremih “Merry Christmas Lil Mama” mixtape on Soundcloud.

Ooh…an app that helps you find the best Christmas lights in your neighborhood.

President Obama’s remarks at his last Hanukkah reception are worth reading.

 

8 of the best free Hanukkah coloring pages | Cool Mom Picks

The best, most artful of the printable Hanukkah coloring pages to keep the kids busy for eight nights.
(This mandala from Emerly Arts on Etsy)

You have to see this fire station’s adorable holiday cards. Hint: BABIES!

Does the Elf on the Shelf have political implications we never realized?

Make-ahead breakfast ideas for a lazy Christmas or Hanukkah morning.

Turns out all the Santas shop in one place. (For their clothes, not your kids’ toys, silly! Elves make those.)

Aw man… the organizations that train Santa(s) especially to engage with kids on the Autism spectrum.

The new Pentatonix video for O Come All Ye Faithful: Our kids love it!

If you haven’t seen the classic Candlelight video from the Maccabeats that parodies Taio Cruz: Awesome no matter what you celebrate.

 

Olaf Frozen snowflake pattern template and tons more for free download from Delphic Digital

20 seriously cool snowflake patterns to help keep the kids away from the gifts, like Delphic Digital’s clever Olaf pattern.

Watch the 10 year old with autism singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, as it blows up the internet.

On McSweeney’s: Letters to Santa if they were written by Shakespearean characters. (Romeo & Juliet kindly request a Plethysmograph Pulse Recognition Processor.)

12 crazy, funny and scary true Santa mall confessions.

You have to see this Fuller House gingerbread house video tutorial from our pal Lunchbox Dad!

A Beatles style tribute to everyone we lost in 2016 from our friend Laura at If It’s Hip it’s Here. Sniff.

Turns out Stephen King wrote a children’s book this year under a pseudonym…with a pretty genius way to promote it.

The quick, fascinating history of department stores and how it liberated women in some ways, via the Brooklyn Museum

We love Dave Pell’s Next Draft newsletter, and here’s his 2016 list of smart shows, music + books to binge.

Worth taking a minute to read these 29 powerful pieces of writing by women in 2016. Lots of our own fave writers in here, like Lisa Belkin, Sara Benincasa, Roxanne Gay, Rebecca Traister (twice!), Emily Nussbaum, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (twice!), Melissa Harris-Perry, Rachel Sklar, and more.

(Psst…if those names aren’t all familiar, consider a New Year’s resolution to get to know them!)