This may be one of the more brilliant holiday ideas we’ve come across.

Grab two cups of water, one cup of sugar and six to eight candy canes and you are ready to make some candy cane syrup! The syrup can add some peppermint flavored sweetness to all off your holiday festivities.

The crafting blog ChicaandJo, the creator of this delicious candy cane concoction, detailed out some other great ideas for using their holiday treat. The syrup could be great for sweetening and adding some peppermint flare to your coffee. ChicaandJo recommends using it on ice cream (we think some apple pie would go great with that) or bottling it in some nice mason jars for a gift idea. Just throw on some nice ribbon and you have something to bring to a holiday party or use for part of a DIY gift. If you want to make this delicious peppermint treat you can find full instructions, including pictures, at the ChicaandJo website.

[ChicaandJo via LifeHacker]

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Funny Santa Pics
Back in the beginning of November, we could not believe the stores were already starting to churn out the holiday tunes. It’s an unspoken cultural rule that pre-Thanksgiving is too early for these things! Those greedy holiday music producers and their corporate power grabs …

But now, whether you believe it or not, we’re getting into that time the department stores thought was a month ago. Thanksgiving is over, and if you’re lucky, your food comas are too. Thus, it’s holiday music time.

The jingle-belling and sleigh-ride-together-with-you-ing is probably getting a little tiresome, so we thought we’d share some holiday tunes that are a bit left field: the more silly, outrageous, and hilarious, the better! Here’s to a jolly holiday season.

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  1. Julian Casablancas- “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” [From the classic SNL sketch]
  2. Fitz and the Tantrums- “Santa Stole My Lady”
  3. Sufjan Stevens- “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!” [PS Mr. Stevens has a whole Christmas box set out now! 5 discs chock full of cheer.]
  4. Stephen Colbert- “Another Christmas Song”
  5. Garfunkel and Oates- “Present Face”
  6. The Maccabeats- “Candlelight”
  7. Bob and Doug McKenzie- “12 Days of Christmas”
  8. The Killers- “Don’t Shoot Me Santa”
  9. Adam Sandler- “The Hannukah Song”
  10. South Park- “Cartman Tries to Sing ‘O Holy Night’”

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Image Credit: Scott Clark, via Creative Commons


Savor every last bite of Thanksgiving. Taste the turkey. This is your last meal. Finals are coming, impending doom is near. Sip on your sparkling cider. read more »


No family feast for you? Not a problem.

No family feast for you? Not a problem.

Not going home for the holiday weekend? While most dread the holidays (our relatives’ drunken shouting matches over eggnog, Christmas song covers by Justin Bieber…), many of us college students won’t have the luxury of going home for the holidays this year. If you’re one of the 30% of Cal students from out of the state or country – or simply can’t make it out of town – we’ve found some alternatives to ruminating in your dorm room next week.

Lusting after turkey dinner? Crossroads sometimes just won’t cut it, so check out Opentable for a list of East Bay and San Francisco restaurants that are serving traditional Thanksgiving dinner. read more »


The Clog would like to wish you happy holidays, whatever you wish to celebrate (or not): Festivus, Christmas, winter solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or a simple break from school.

Above, we present our gift to you. It’s a real cute ditty from My First Earthquake, a band from across the bay. We hope your holiday travel sends you to warmer pastures or that you’re at least relaxed and dry.

New Chanukah Song – Fa La Freezing – iPod holiday lipdub [YouTube]
via Laughing Squid



So it might have been a little drizzly today. So it might also have been effin’ freezing. So the forecast might say the same about tomorrow. “So what?” asked attendees of the Telegraph Ave. Holiday Street Fair, “At least I’m productively not studying for finals and buying presents for people, instead of sleeping or watching last week’s episode of Gossip Girl … again. ” Ay, there’s the rub. read more »


It has come to our attention that learnin’ has its limits. Apparently, campus actually closes for a period of time over the holidays, and this year it’s from Dec. 25 through Jan. 4.

We’re not really sure what we thought happened during times of mass exodus from the general vicinity of campus, but we sort of always just assumed that if we were–for some undetermined hypothetical reason–stranded on campus during a vacation, we could just kind of hole up in Wheeler Hall or whatever. But, it seems we thought wrong. And that makes perfect sense, come to think of it.

What we’re trying to say, is this probably makes no difference to you whatsoever. However, we figured we’d post the dates just in case you realize midway through break you can’t stand your family–not even for a day longer–or something, and all you want to do is go sit in Doe Library and sulk. Because if this happens between Christmas and Jan. 4, you might want to re-think things. That’s all.

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Campus holiday closure set for Dec. 25 through Jan. 4 [Berkeley News Center]


Reports say a Wal-Mart employee died just a few hours ago, trampled to death by raging Black Friday bargain-seekers in New York. Shoppers tore down the front doors of the Wal-Mart at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, N.Y., knocking down the unidentified 34-year-old worker. Three other shoppers and a pregnant woman were taken to the hospitable for minor injuries.

According to eyewitness testimonials, the waiting shoppers pulled the doors from their hinges in their rush to get into the store. The surge, the NYT solemnly reports, endangered children, who had to be grabbed by their parents so as to not get lost and/or trampled upon in the mad stampede. Jeez. People really are nuts for their tech gadgets and Guitar Hero game kits.

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Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death by Customers [NY Times]