A VERY PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS | TV Review

A Very Pentatonix Christmas - Season 1

Hey there!

If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely adore Pentatonix and everything they’re doing and have been doing for the past few years. I don’t remember why, but I missed their Christmas special last year and I refused to do it again this time around!

This year’s special aired Monday, November 27th on NBC at 10/9c, and it was adorable! If you missed it, don’t worry . . . the special will re-air on Wednesday, December 6th at 8pm. Do not be like me last year and miss both airings! You can also find a link to the special on their Twitter page @PTXofficial, so there are no excuses lol.

The one-hour special featured an amazing duet with Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, an appearance by “America’s Got Talent” winner Darci Lynne Farmer and a duet (and hilarious sketch) with country music star Brett Eldredge.

As usual, the vocals were exceptional throughout the entire show.

The only part that threw me off a bit was Avi’s absence. If you were previously unaware, Avi Kaplan left the group earlier this year to pursue a solo career as Avriel & the Sequoias. Filling in on bass is Matt Sallee – who sounded incredible. While it was odd seeing Pentatonix perform without Avi, I thought Matt did a great job. He even got Avi’s stamp of approval on Twitter: “Beautiful! It is now officially Christmas. @mattsalleemusic you are killin on bass! Much love to you brother.” I’m not sure if he will be invited to permanently join the group, but it was a bit awkward at times when they would have him come out to sing bass with them and then he’d walk off stage while Kevin, Mitch, Kirstin and Scott entertained the audience. His name was also listed separately from the group during the credits. I say invite him to join! Avi approves and is doing his own thing, so why not?

Either way, I thought the show was a great little Christmas special. They didn’t sing my favorite, “That’s Christmas to Me,” or my mom’s favorite, “Hallelujah,” but I can forgive them for it because their vocals and the show’s stage design really put me in the Christmas spirit!

Here’s the video of their version of “Deck the Halls,” which was released ahead of the special:

If that didn’t satisfy your craving for great music, here’s a video of the duet with Jennifer Hudson from the special:

Be sure to check out the special, and watch for the closing of the show especially. The group sang their version of “Imagine” and it was absolutely beautiful. Let me know what you thought!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

All- New CHRISTMAS IN THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER™” Comes to Universal Studios Hollywood Bringing an Exciting Array of Keepsake Memorabilia, Holiday Gift-Giving Ideas

 

The Festive Holiday Celebration Continues at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

The arrival of Universal Studios Hollywood’s first “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” also brings an exciting selection of all-new themed merchandise inviting guests to cherish and share their Harry Potter experience far beyond their visit to The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

​From stockings to stuffers, the addition of these specialty keepsakes and gift-givingitems complement the land’s immersive holiday festivities as the theme park continues to envelope guests in the captivating world of Harry Potter.

Featured items include an array of all-new custom-made ornaments designedespecially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

A variety of decorative HogwartsTM castle snow globes, as well as Hogwarts crest and Hogwarts mascot tree ornaments are available in addition to a selection of Christmas stockings, stocking holders and a varietyof unique Hogwarts-themed tree toppers and house pennant garland.
Name ornaments will also be available or they can be customized.
Items available for purchase are representative of each of the four Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses.An original Hogwarts Express collection is also available featuring an array of holiday and everyday themed items.

From Platform 9 ¾, Hogwarts Railways and Hogwarts Express train ornaments to stockings and holders, as well as themed scarves, hats and gloves to a selection of clothing and collector Hogwarts Express tickets.For guests who prefer to channel their inner Slytherin, Professor Severus Snape’sdramatic full length wizard’s robe makes a grand debut, adding to the selection of existing house robes from the four Hogwarts’ houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin.

For fans of the popular Quidditch sport, a keepsake Gryffindor Quidditch robe scores as a must have and can be paired with either the impressive full size Firebolt or Nimbus 2001 broomsticks as well as select Quidditch accessories, including the coveted Golden Snitch, Quaffle ball and Bludger.Several new interactive namesake wands are added to the collection, including the Cho Chang, Cedric Diggory, Yaxley and a new Death Eater wand.

Beginning on November 24, 2017 and continuing through January 7, 2018, the all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTMcastle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will perform all-new seasonal songs.

Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and the seasonal return of hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.A special time in the Harry Potter series, the all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” tradition invites guests to celebrate this part of J.K. Rowling’s story for themselves.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic Britishsensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with nine retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

Additional information on Universal Studios Hollywood is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

Join the conversation online using #UniversalHolidays and #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour.

As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows.
Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.
Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.
The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”
The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.About Warner Bros. Entertainment:

Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

Ring in the Festive Holiday Season at Universal Studios Hollywood

All-New “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”
and the Heartwarming Return of “Grinchmas”

Universal CityWalk also Celebrates the Holidays with
Special Appearances by Saint Nick and Free Outdoor Concerts 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk deck the halls for a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTM castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.

The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will perform all-new holiday themed songs.

A wide selection of all-new custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will also debut this season.

Collectibles include a variety of decorative Hogwarts castle snow globes, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the houses, as well as a collection of unique tree toppers and house pennant garland.Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and the eagerly-awaited seasonal return of hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experienceinvites guests to celebrate this special time of year in J.K. Rowling’s compelling Wizarding World for themselves.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” represents the immersive land’s first holiday themed program since opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016.

Grinchmas™” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration of fun fit forThe Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.

The annual event comes to life with a towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree where Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style.
The Who-liday Singers—a hip boy-band ensemble—will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.“Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 2-3 and 9-10, and daily from December 15 through December 31.

Spirited holiday décor and festive whimsy will permeate throughout the theme park including “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry and mischievous Minions gleefully spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza.

Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at 5 Towers.The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk will also make a splash this holiday season.

This visually dynamic fountain, displaying over 230 individual power jets, will project streams of choreographed water into the aircomplemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination.

The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on November 24 through December 23,2017.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood is included in the price of theme park admission.

More information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.
Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. More information available at CityWalkHollywood.com

A similar holiday program will also take place at Universal Orlando Resort.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment:

Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.About Dr. Seuss:

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.About Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

THE KEYS ON CHRISTMAS on YouTube Red – Trailer

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Hey, everyone! Check out the new sneak peak of YouTube’s holiday special The Keys of Christmas available now via YouTube Red:

 

In this YouTube Red Original, DJ Khaled and Mariah Carey drop a holiday hater (Rudy Mancuso) into a mystical winter wonderland where an all-star cast of lyrical troublemakers show him the true meaning of Christmas. Special celebrity cameos and appearances in the special include Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam, Ciara, Alex Aiono, Bebe Rex, and Mike Tyson.

Prepare to embark on a new magical adventure of the true meaning of Christmas. Watch it NOW on YouTube Red.

 

YOUTUBE ANNOUNCES “THE KEYS OF CHRISTMAS” HOLIDAY SPECIAL

YOUTUBE ANNOUNCES “THE KEYS OF CHRISTMAS” HOLIDAY SPECIAL


Special Features Mariah Carey, YouTube Comedy Star Rudy Mancuso and Performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam and More


Directed by World Renowned Music Director Dave Meyers

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YouTube today announced that it has ordered “The Keys of Christmas,” a holiday special starring global superstar Mariah Carey and YouTube musical sensation Rudy Mancuso that features original musical performances by many of the hottest acts around including Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled and Fifth Harmony. “The Keys of Christmas” will debut on YouTube Red on December 19, 2016.

The star-studded ensemble cast will shepherd Mancuso on a magical adventure of the true meaning of Christmas. This seasonal tale, from Endemol Shine North America and its digital studio Endemol Shine Beyond USA and Just Entertainment Studios, will uncover what happens when you accidentally go off the grid on Christmas Eve with no phone and no way to function on this festive night.

World renowned and Grammy Award-winning music director Dave Meyers (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Pink’s “Just Like Fire” and Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”) will direct “The Keys of Christmas.” This special will also feature original musical performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha and Gregory Brothers. Boxing legend Mike Tyson will make a special appearance, as he and the others join Mariah to show Rudy the true meaning of Christmas.

“Music is wildly popular on YouTube and we’re excited to bring together some of the biggest names in music alongside some of the biggest stars on YouTube. The musical icons and rising artists in ‘The Keys of Christmas’ bring this new holiday tale to life,” said Ben Relles, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals. “We are also thrilled to have YouTube comedy star Rudy Mancuso in his first leading role in a music special.”

“‘The Keys of Christmas’ is truly a modern take on the holiday variety special, bringing together traditional and digital natives in this very unique musical format for the YouTube audience,” said Bonnie Pan, President, Endemol Shine Beyond USA. “Dave Meyers, who has an amazing track record working with the top musical acts of our time, had a vision and was able to weave that into a fresh new format with the likes of Mariah Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Rudy Mancuso and many other incredible performers just in time for Christmas.”

“Nothing makes you believe in a Christmas miracle more than creating a show where over 20 super stars from Mariah Carey to DJ Khaled, Rudy Mancuso, Fifth Harmony and the champ himself, Mike Tyson, all come together,” said Justin Hochberg, CEO of Just Entertainment Studios. “Christmas is the global holiday, so launching this show with YouTube Red in the U.S. and so many other countries all on one magical night is the perfect partnership; and would make Santa proud.”

YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives you an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming. Members also get exclusive access to new Original series and movies from top YouTube creators. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, with plans for additional international expansion next year.

@Thisfunktional goes to Universal Studios Hollywood’s GRINCHMAS

@Thisfunktional goes to Universal Studios Hollywood’s GRINCHMAS
(All photo by Jesus Figueroa)

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

The holiday season is in full swing at Universal Studios Hollywood’s GRINCHMAS celebration with the park decorated in festive holiday decorations.

From the red carpet at the front gate having a nice Grinch green boarder and fancy decorated Christmas trees around the carpet, to the lights and other decorations hanging, the atmosphere is of joy and celebration.

Whoville has come to the center of Universal studios with a giant tree with a stage where a show hosted by Cindy Lou Who.

Along with a show visitors get an opportunity to take a picture with Max the dog and his single antler, have a social media post opportunity with the Grinch’s sleigh and interact with other who-villians.

After story time with Cindy Lou Who, the Studio Tour tram leads from King kong 3-D, to the Fast and the Furious 3-D experience and over to a special Grinchmas performance at Whoville set.

The special performance contains an appearance by the mean green Grinch.

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” with some who-villians.

When the grinch joins in, the festivities become more exciting.

Make sure to get a seat in the second or third section of the tram as the first section really can’t see much of the performance.

It’s a short performance, but kids are sure to get a good treat with it.

The holidays get everyone in the spirit and ever the Despicable Me; Minion Mayhem house has gotten some small changes.

On the outside theres a Christmas Reef and the minions are wearing Santa Claus hats.

Christmas Trees and holiday decorations are set at the entrance of the virtual ride.

The streets have some decorations, but the most noticeable change is just that most of the minions are wearing Santa Claus hats.

Its great to see the children get excited to see the minions’ new look.

It’s a small change, but the festive spirit is enough to be joyful for kids.

On the other side of the park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has warm Butterbeer for the cooling temperature in Los Angeles.

It’s a sweet, maybe a bit too sweet, drink which has no alcohol so even kids can enjoy a warm cup of Butterbeer. There’s also a slush and the regular Butterbeer available.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood isn’t the only holiday treat, Universal CityWalk is also decorated and has CityWalk Holidays celebration going on.

A 40-foot tall Christmas tree with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season is at the 5 Towers plaza.

Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and have special photo opportunities at the 5 Towers.

The iconic, dancing water fountain at the heart of CityWalk also will make a splash this holiday season.

This modern and impressive fountain displaying more than 230 individual power jets projects streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and with holiday-themed music.

Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination. Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

CityWalk has free concerts and special appearances by Santa Claus.

Grinchmas runs weekends on Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, and daily from December 16 through January 1, 2017.

More information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

NBC4 Presents The Wishing Tree at Universal CityWalk and Grants Holiday Wishes Live On-Air from December 12-16

NBC4 Presents The Wishing Tree at Universal CityWalk and Grants Holiday Wishes Live On-Air from December 12-16
Viewers and Visitors May Make Wishes Beginning November 21

Universal CityWalk and NBC4 Southern California announced the second annual The Wishing Tree, inviting viewers to pay it forward by making a wish for someone deserving.

Beginning Nov. 21 through Dec. 15, viewers are encouraged to submit wishes for friends and family at NBCLA.com/wishingtree.

Guests are also invited to share their wishes in person at Universal CityWalk’s holiday-themed “5 Towers” plaza.

Every night from Dec. 12-16, NBC4 will grant the wishes live from Universal CityWalk during the NBC4 News starting at 4 p.m. with Weathercaster Fritz Coleman.

For the next four weeks, viewers are encouraged to make wishes for others who are important in their lives.

Everyone is welcome to join NBC4 and be part of the live wish reveals at the “5 Towers” plaza on Universal CityWalk.

Those visiting The Wishing Tree are encouraged to post photos and videos on social media using #NBC4You.

Updates and a schedule of the Holidays at Universal CityWalk can be found at CityWalkHollywood.com as well as on CityWalk’s Facebook- Universal CityWalk Hollywood, Twitter and Instagram @CityWalkLA.

Viewers can tune in to NBC4’s Today in LA at 4:30 to 7 a.m. and NBC4 News at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and follow @NBCLA on social media for daily highlights.

In addition to The Wishing Tree, Universal CityWalk celebrates the spirit of the season, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017.

A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza.

Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at “5 Towers.” Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

Continue reading “NBC4 Presents The Wishing Tree at Universal CityWalk and Grants Holiday Wishes Live On-Air from December 12-16”

Day 2: The Holidays According to Kristin

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Hey there, holiday shoppers!

I know we’re getting down to business with holiday shopping (or procrastinating until the last minute), and you might be running out of ideas. Don’t fret! I’m here to help!

I’m the type who loves to find unusual/awesome gifts that you can’t find just anywhere. I also have a fickle 12-year-old niece who likes odd gifts that no one else has. We’re raising a trendsetter here! So this year, I found a few things for her at Urban Outfitters.

Whether you’re interested in quirky rose gold cat ear headphones, MEOW stemless wine glasses, white marble LuMee phone cases, guitar pick makers, record players, 3Doodler Pen Gift sets, etc. you might have some luck here. The best part is that the gifts here are reasonably priced!

The link I provided above will take you to the Gift page, where you can choose whether you’re buying for Him or Her, but Urban Outfitters has everything from Clothing to Beauty to Tech Gifts and Home Decor.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, try them out and let me know what you think! Happy shopping!

 

Day 1: The Holidays According to Kristin

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Hey everyone!

So my classes are finally settling down and I really wanted to concentrate more on original content. What better way than to include exciting holiday information?! For the next month, I’ll list some of my favorite gift ideas and some of my favorite holiday moments and traditions over the years.

My hope is that my readers will comment their thoughts, feelings, and even some of their favorite holiday moments and traditions. Talk to me! I want to know what the holidays are like for you and your family. Even if they’re rough this year. As some of you might know, my father passed away unexpectedly last year, so the holidays could be bitter sweet at times. So even if you just need to vent or feel like someone understands what you might be going through, you can count on me.

With that being said, I want to start out by sharing three of my favorite holiday songs right now. My dad was one of those people who would listen to Christmas music NON-STOP after Halloween, and it seriously drove me nuts! I just never understood how many times he could hear ‘Frosty the Snowman’ or ‘Winter Wonderland’ without wanting to quit Christmas altogether. Thankfully, one of my favorite artists right now, Pentatonix, has two Christmas albums that have been released over the last two years and they’re full of updated, fresh holiday music. Their talent is off the scales and they can really put you in that holiday spirit.

 

 

 

Here are the links to their Christmas albums on iTunes. Check them out, and let me know if you have any favorites! You can also find the top two albums below on Vinyl, which would be an amazing Christmas gift!

Pentatonix: That’s Christmas to Me

Pentatonix: A Pentatonix Christmas

Pentatonix: PTXmas (Deluxe Edition)

 

You can also visit their official pages here:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website | Youtube | Spotify

Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in the Holiday Season with GRINCHMAS, Merry Mischievous Minions and Delicious, All-New Hot Butterbeer, as Universal CityWalk Decks the Hall with Free Concerts and Special Appearances by Saint Nick

Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in the Holiday Season with GRINCHMAS, Merry Mischievous Minions and Delicious, All-New Hot Butterbeer, as Universal CityWalk Decks the Hall with Free Concerts and Special Appearances by Saint Nick
Theme Park’s New California Neighbor Pass
Adds Christmas Cheer as Perfect Stocking Stuffers


It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM as Universal Studios Hollywood™ and Universal CityWalk® deck the halls for a wintry calendar of cool holiday activities and scrumptious treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

A grinchy-green “Grinchmas™” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.

Holiday whimsy also will permeate throughout “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry mischievous Minions spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

Delectable hot Butterbeer™ will complement the menu at Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub when “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood debuts this newest addition of the favorite beverage to its offerings of scrumptious fare.

Like its traditional and frozen counterparts, hot Butterbeer is reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread that’s been perfectly fine-tuned as a Hogsmeade holiday treat.

Universal Plaza, the elaborate grand piazza at the heart of the theme park, will once againserve as the backdrop for the “Grinchmas” event where the towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree will beautifully twist and spiral as the ideal photo opp for guests. “Grinchmas” runsweekends on Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, and daily from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1, 2017.

As part of the fab-Who-lous event, Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage by the “Grinchmas” tree, performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style.

The Who-liday Singers – a hip boy-band ensemble – will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.

The spirited “Grinchmas” event will also capture guests’ imagination with a variety of inspiring activities designed to create long lasting memories. These include:

  • Who-ville Post Office – Visitors will have a chance to partake in the “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes” campaign when they share their good deeds on a postcard and mail them to The Grinch. In return, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and Random House Children’s Books, the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, will pay it forward by donating a book to a child in need through First Book on behalf of the sender.
  • Trim up the Tree Lot – Guests can design and personalize their own “Grinchmas” ornaments to help decorate the venue’s other “Grinchmas” trees or take them home as a memorable keepsake.
  • Story Time with Cindy-Lou Who – Cindy-Lou Who and her Who friends will gather guests of all ages – tall and small – for an engaging storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The spirit of “Grinchmas” also will come to life aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour with engaging performances by unforgettable Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the family favorite at the original film sets from the blockbuster film, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood are included in the price of theme park admission. More information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017.

A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the “5 Towers” plaza. Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at “5 Towers.”

The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk also will make a splash this holiday season.

This modern and impressive fountain displaying over 230 individual power jets will project streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.

Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination.

Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

To learn more about Universal Studios Hollywood and the various Annual Pass options, including the new California Neighbor Pass, please visit UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/tickets. Additional information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

About Dr. Seuss:

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

About Illumination Entertainment:

Illumination Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event animated films. Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful Despicable Me franchise, which includes Minions, the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time, as well as Despicable Me 2, an Academy Award® nominee for Best Animated Feature of 2013. In all, Illumination’s films, which also include the 2016 record breaking The Secret Life of Pets, 2011’s Hop and 2012’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, have grossed more than $4 billion in worldwide box-office revenues and feature some of the world’s most renowned talent.

Upcoming films include Sing, starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly, which arrives in theaters in December 2016; Despicable Me 3, starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, which is set for June 2017; and a newly-imagined version of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of The Grinch, which is set for November 2018. In addition, “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” (more than 750 million downloads) has become one of the world’s most popular apps, and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attracts huge crowds at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

About Universal Studios Hollywood:

Universal Studios HollywoodTM is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster, as well the all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.

Christmas in November! #KrampusMovie Giveaway

Hey movie fans!!! First of all…if you’re reading this…I hope you had a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Now that we got that out of the way – – lets talk Christmas!!! Christmas in November!! We’ve got a new ‘HOLIDAY HORROR’ coming to theaters…

KRAMPUS!

OK…if you’re too scared to watch the trailer…here…read this.

Legendary Pictures’ Krampus, a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

The horror-comedy also stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler.

Krampus and his mischievous underlings have been created by the combined efforts of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong, among many others.

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ’r Treat), Krampus is co-written by Zach Shields and Todd Casey and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Dougherty. The film will be released by Universal Pictures. www.krampusthefilm.com

Got it now?! (lol) Goooooooooood.

Lets talk giveaway now!! I’ve got a couple of Fandango Gift Cards to give away – – – talk about perfect timing – – – it’s date night to see KRAMPUS!!!

Here what you gotta do to enter!

TELL ME 3 ‘GOOD’ THINGS YOU’VE DONE ALL YEAR

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Send me your ANSWERS, FIRST & LAST NAME and FULL MAILING ADDRESS to mikethemovieguy@gmail.com

In the subject line – Krampus

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I’ll read all of the entries…I’ll pick the top 3…then…I’ll send to Krampus. He’ll decide who deserves them. For those of you who don’t win…well…watch the trailer!

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This promotion will end December 2 at 10:00 AM (central time). Only a single entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. and Canda residents are eligible to enter. Winner’s will be contacted via email. iWatchMike.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.

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KRAMPUS – IN THEATERS DECEMBER 4

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DAY OF THE DEAD!

This Day of the Dead, Krampus, the Christmas demon, also wants to be remembered. According to the legend, Krampus joins Santa Claus during his annual visits and punishes those who have misbehaved during the year.

Nothing gets by Krampus, so he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice.

This year make sure to stay off of Krampus’ list!

Legendary and Universal Pictures’ Krampus hits theaters December 4.

#DayOfTheDead #KrampusIsComing