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Watch ‘90s Christmas Cereal Commercials on Your Tree with This DIY TV Ornament

A major part of Christmas is the memories. Memories of family, sure. But also memories of the commercialism of Christmases past. Memories of Cabbage Patch Kids, Tickle Me Elmos, Frozen Elsa dolls—and all the unforgettable seasonal commercials that helped sell us that stuff. YouTuber Sean Hodgins gets it: The lover of “building, creating, making” recently came across a YouTube video featuring nothing but an hour of ‘90s Christmas commercials—including classics for things like Coca-Cola, Cookie Crisp, and Oreos. It got him thinking, “How incredible would it be to make a Christmas ornament that displays old ‘90s Christmas commercials on your tree?” So he built an ornament of his own creation: the YouTube Christmas Ornament.

Hodgins demonstrates how to make the video-playing ornament with a 12-minute video of his own that fittingly kicks off with a quick taste of a classic ‘90s Fruity Pebbles Christmas commercial. Now, before you get too excited, building this thing ain’t easy. He utilizes 3D printing and a number of components that the casual DIY crowd is probably unfamiliar with—not to even mention that the whole thing runs on a Raspberry Pi computer board that requires a bit of programming know-how. Even Hodgins called it “quite a struggle.” Frankly, most of us are probably better off asking for one of Hodgins’ ornaments from Santa and then just hoping for the best.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate Hodgins work and the end results. And meanwhile, if we do happen to be underestimating your DIY prowess, Hodgins is kind enough to walk you through every step of making this amazing ornament both on YouTube and in written form on Instructables.

But yeah, for the majority of us, we’ll just have to wait for Hodgins (or someone else) to manufacture this ornament and sell it (hopefully with a great TV commercial!). In the meantime, though, there’s nothing stopping you from simply watching an hour worth of old ‘90s Christmas commercials from YouTube on your TV without building an ornament. Seems like it could be a nice alternative to holiday music this Christmas. Because come on, you’ve heard Bing Crosby sing “White Christmas” a million times, but you haven’t seen a good Fruity Pebbles Christmas commercial in two decades!

Written by : Mike Pomranz

Taken from : http://www.foodandwine.com/news/christmas-cereal-commercials-diy-ornament

Why You Can’t Find Your Favorite Holiday Movies on Streaming Services

Though it’s a relatively wonderful life for TV cord-cutters, George Bailey, Clark Griswold and Will Ferrell’s Elf is still available only on a pay-per-view basis this month. Festive streamers will have to settle for Santa Paws 2, which has yet to claw its way into the Christmas canon.

Most classic holiday films remain cordoned off as one-time rentals or purchases on digital platforms. It’s a seemingly Grinch-like strategy—and yes, that film is available only on a pay-per-view basis, too.

Of the 25 greatest holiday movies as ranked by American Movie Classics, only five are available for streaming on Amazon.com, Hulu or Netflix this season. Bad Santa is an exception, along with a couple of old Bing Crosby vehicles, Holiday Inn and White Christmas. It turns out, Hollywood’s best holiday films are simultaneously too old and too good for streaming business models.

Older films hold scant appeal for buyers at Netflix Inc. and its rivals because they carry little sway in getting someone to sign up—or stay signed up. That’s one of the reasons Netflix is rushing to have original, in-house content account for half of its catalog by 2020.

“The fun thing about something that’s new is that people get excited enough to join,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said at a Dec. 4 meeting with investors. “That’s why we’re kind of constantly reinforcing the excitement of that.” In other words, the prospect of watching A Christmas Story for the 12th time is not as enticing as a new stand-up special from Jerry Seinfeld or the second season of Stranger Things.