* From Medievalists.net: "The Hidden History of Christmas Carols." Well worth reading. (Thanks to James!)
* From Thirdroar: The Art of Amy L. Rawson: Santa Cthulhu 2013. Fantastic. (Thanks to wellinghall!)
* Today is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug day! Woohoo!
* My free Hunger Games event begins on Monday, December 16, and registration is still open: "On Tyrants and Tributes: Real World Lessons from The Hunger Games." (Watch the trailer here.)
* Registration is also open for my Mythgard Institute Spring 2014 course on "The Gothic Tradition." (Watch the trailer here.)
Happy belated birthday to tuesday_darling, juliakarr, and janellemadigan. Happy birthday to mguibord and gypsyjr. And happy early birthday to ericadawn16, tuilelindowen, whswhs, arkhamdenizen, irisbleufic, i_llbedammned, internet_sampo pambachorz, cyloran, and mamomo. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!