A books safe is a more time intensive DIY but it is really easy to personalize and might actually get used. It’s the perfect place to hide extra cash, jewelry, an iPod and other small valuables. This project is a little more read more »

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.


  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’”


Image Credit: Scott Clark, via Creative Commons


It’s that time of year again. The time of year when malls and radio start prematurely playing Christmas music before we can even put our Halloween costumes away. We at the Clog think this is downright disrespectful to a great American holiday, Thanksgiving.

Turkey day is still to be had. Don’t get us wrong, we at the Clog love Christmas as much as the next blog. But we can’t forget there is still a feast to be had followed by pie and painful food comas. Christmas music before Thanksgiving is a cheap money grab by corporate America and a dishonor  read more »

Ah, Christmas season. How we hate and love you.

Ah, Christmas season. How we hate and love you.

December is a difficult, if exciting month for Cal students. Not only are we cramming for finals (or perhaps, already taking them), but we also have to manage Christmas shopping as well. We at the Clog definitely had moments during our college career where it was Dec. 16 and we still had nothing prepared. It was rather embarrassing when we presented friends and family with carefully wrapped I.O.U. slips.

If you’re still tinkering with gift ideas, consider visiting the Berkeley Art Studio’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop at the lower level César Chávez Student Center. read more »


Glance around. Do you see signs that the winter holiday is rapidly approaching? Because we sure do!

The Christmas season is great — don’t get us wrong, we love the little lights, the carols, the glittery ornaments, that scent of fresh pine — but it’s great after Thanksgiving. Halloween was a matter of days ago and Turkey Day is still a few weeks away. We can’t start singing “Frosty the Snowman” until after the pumpkin pies have been demolished and the leftover turkey sandwiches finished!

street fairBut take a little stroll down Telegraph Ave. and you’ll think that we’re days away from Santa’s annual visit. read more »

Ah, yes … an alternative to lead-ridden toys for the tots this holiday season. ‘Tis the season of giving, indeed. Lisa Smeenk of the Berkeley Geochronology Center sells personally handmade felt dolls. She even dyes the wool herself.

This art form involves felting (sort of like melting, but only in spelling) and spinning wool. Her first dolls are described as “unearthly creatures.” We’re sold! Prices range from $20 to $200. That’s pretty cheap considering that you’re not just buying a small pile of felt–rather, a tiny, woolen human non-being.

See here for more information about the dolls and for Smeenk’s contact information.

Image Source: Hasenpfeffer Incorporated under Creative Commons
Felt dolls help shopper avoid the toxic-toy pit this Christmas [Contra Costa Times]