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I am taking a break this Christmas to be Grinchy instead of a precocious curmudgeon. So I share a favourite video each day leading up and including Christmas 2020.

Michael McIntyre is one of my favourite comedians. He put a comic spotlight on some British Christmas customs in this selection. There are not many in the rest of the world who might relate to the customs and then find the humour in them. It is a reminder about the difference that privilege and context make.


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Michelle Chong is a local artiste and a gem during our lockdown earlier this year. Singaporeans will understand her version of Jingle Bells. We have the privilege of that context.


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I am taking a break this Christmas to be Grinchy instead of a precocious curmudgeon. So I share a favourite video each day leading up and including Christmas 2020.

Today’s video is a long one and features the creative lighting efforts of YouTuber Tom BetGeorge. I bet he wishes for help to pay his electricity bills.


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I am taking a break this Christmas to be Grinchy instead of a precocious curmudgeon. So I share a favourite video each day leading up and including Christmas 2020.

Today’s video is timely given how season 2 of The Mandalorian ended last week. It is a creative mashup of the show’s theme and Carol of The Bells.


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I am taking a break this Christmas to be Grinchy instead of a precocious curmudgeon. So I share a favourite video each day leading up and including Christmas 2020.

Today’s video is a rare foray from Paint. His reinterpretation of classic Christmas carols embrace the macabre and gross, all in the name of a ho-ho-ho.


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I am taking a break this Christmas to be Grinchy instead of a precocious curmudgeon. So I share a favourite video each day leading up and including Christmas 2020.

Today’s video is a revision of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You for the COVID-19 era. It shows how we can collaborate to take a dump on 2020 instead of wallowing in self pity.

It is Christmas week. It is also a sign of our times when people make observations like the one above.

It is one thing to complain and it another to create humour from the same.

It is one thing to take in superficially and it is another to make something from it.

It’s Christmas! Even though I have become a bit jaded and curmudgeonly with age, I still appreciate a good Christmas story.

There are many online and this is one of my favourites.


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It is Sorted Food’s take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

 
It is Christmas so here is a spoof of the song, 12 Days of Christmas [source].

Twelve training centers closing
(In the age of tech, who needs classroom training anyway?)
Eleven courses boring
Ten networks crashing
Nine budgets shrinking
Eight SMEs hiding
Seven websites breaking
Six slide decks missing
Five authoring tools
Four LMSs
Three Google Glasses
Two Second Life logins
And some virtual reality.

I enjoyed this humorously sarcastic take on corporate edtech. As with most forms of humour, it is based on some form of reality.

As you ho-ho-ho, know that some places are not enjoying the financial and social costs of maintaining such systems because of misfiring or outdated notions of what it means to learn.

To the folks who prefer a sedate or traditional approach to Christmas, I share one of my favourite a capella groups on YouTube, Home Free.


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To others who enjoy a chortle not induced by drinking too much alcohol, I share one of my favourite production company’s efforts.


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You can find practically anything worth (and not worth) watching on YouTube. This great video repository has matured in its relatively short ten years with us. If you grew up with it, you might realise that it is not just about cat videos and wasting time.

Give yourself a present this Christmas: Focus on the positive, the entertaining, and the educational in YouTube.


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Try to forget for a moment that this is an Apple TV ad for Christmas.

Imagine it is a social statement for a while. Hear yourself (or someone else) judging the teenager in the video.

Reserve judgement till the end of the video. Then apply that social statement in your life as an educator.

Don’t judge until you let the learner show you or tell you. They might teach you a thing or two about how to treat them as creators and not just consumers. It might be the best Christmas present you give yourself and the kids around you!


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