Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Christmas Specials

By John Scalzi, The 10 Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time, including

Ayn Rand’s A Selfish Christmas (1951)

In this hour-long radio drama, Santa struggles with the increasing demands of providing gifts for millions of spoiled, ungrateful brats across the world, until a single elf, in the engineering department of his workshop, convinces Santa to go on strike. The special ends with the entropic collapse of the civilization of takers and the spectacle of children trudging across the bitterly cold, dark tundra to offer Santa cash for his services, acknowledging at last that his genius makes the gifts — and therefore Christmas — possible...

2 comments:

Sally said...

I would so totally watch that if it were a TV special. I mean, if I had a functional TV. I guess my mom could record it for me on tape...if I had a functional VCR. I guess I'm waiting for the Netflix disk. But anyway, it sounds awesome.

Susan said...

It shouldn't be a surprise that Ayn Rand would have such a cynical view of Christmas. Sounds rather interesting to me.