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This 'Let It Go' Christmas Light Display Will Win This Winter's Internet: VIDEO

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Dedicated holiday decorator John Storms and his family in Austin, Texas have put together this magical Christmas light display that is perfectly synced with Frozen's "Let It Go".  

The Huffington Post reports:

"We have been working on the lights since February," Storms told HuffPost of the elaborate planning process the show entails. "This year has been more challenging that most with the addition of individually controlled color changing lights to the tree line."

The entire display uses tens of thousands of lights, and though the vibrant performance seems like it would lead to a hefty electricity bill, it only costs about $6 the entire season, according to his YouTube page.

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Let Colton Haynes Serenade You With His Sexiness in 'Baby It's Christmas' - VIDEO

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Teen Wolf and Arrow hearthrob Colton Haynes is more than just a pretty face - he's got a great set of pipes too! Joined by singer Travis-Atreo, the duo just released a stripped down, piano version of "Baby It's Christmas," a track they released last holiday season. 

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Oh, and just in case you need a refresher on what it looks like when it's Haynes and not his music that's doing the stripping down:

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Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas' Gets 20 Remixed Music Styles: VIDEO

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Looks like Mariah has some competition. After Carey got some serious internet flack for flubbing notes on her holiday hit at Rockefeller Center's tree lighting ceremony, singer and popular YouTuber Anthony Vincent has released his own unusual version of "All I Want For Christmas" in the style of 20 different singers. Vincent's take on the now 20-year-old Christmas classic runs the gamut from Nat King Cole to Depeche Mode, with a spot-on imitation of the song stylings of Thurl Ravenscroft (aka the original Grinch).  

VincentThe talented 26-year old singer/songwriter (who is a bit of a ringer for hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Keidis) has taken off over the last few months by specializing in these mash-up covers of pop hits from superstars like Katy Perry and Michael Jackson. Now this latest video from his Ten Second Songs channel might be his biggest hit so far. While it's hardly the first Carey cover to go viral, Vincent's version went up on YouTube less than 24 hours ago and has already racked up over a million hits.

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Irish Prime Minister Visits Gay Bar For LGBT Christmas Party

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Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny attended an event last night in a gay bar in Dublin, reports the Irish Independent.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c70e8bfa970b-800wiKenny showed up at Pantibar - which is owned by LGBT activist Panti Bliss - for Christmas drinks for his party’s LGBT group.

Kenny is leader of conservatives Fine Gael and has in the past been reluctant to state his position on the issue of same-sex marriage. However, he told Gay and Lesbian Equality Network director Brian Sheehan that he would be campaigning for a referendum on the issue to be passed. The referendum is expected to take place in early 2015.

The chairman of Fine Gael LGBT said the Taoiseach dropped in to show his support for the LGBT group and recognize its work on the gender recognition bill, the family relationship legislation and the same-sex marriage referendum. Panti Bliss herself tweeted out the above picture of Kenny with the caption: "So there's An Taoiseach (for the foreigners, that's the Prime Minister of Ireland) in Pantibar."


Bill Maher Takes a Crack at Kirk Cameron's 'Saving Christmas' with a Three Point Holiday Plan of His Own: VIDEO

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Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (which is still bombing over at Rotten Tomatoes) was the subject of Bill Maher's final New Rule on the season finale of Real Time

In the segment, Bill lays out his own plan to "save Christmas" - explaining that to him, the holiday has always been about families and memories (and the looks on the carolers faces when he sets the dogs on them). 

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Gay Saint Nick Jim Stevenson Melts Hearts In 'I Am Santa Claus' Documentary: VIDEO

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I Am Santa Claus, the new documentary starring the WWE's Mick Foley, chronicles the day-to-day lives of four professional Santa Clauses with the aim of solving a Christmas riddle: "Whose lap is your child sitting on?"

In the case of Jim Stevenson (above left, with partner Alex), the short answer is as follows, according to the flim's KickStarter page

Santa Jim resides in Ft. Worth, TX and is the proud winner of "Mr. Texas Bear Round-Up," the largest gathering of hairy, overweight, homosexual men in the country. Although retired, he has seasonal work as a Santa. He is in a relationship with a Denver Colorado man 30 years his junior whom he calls "his special elf."

StevensonAccording to Fort Worth Weekly, Stevenson — who won Mr. Polar Bear at the Texas Bear Round-Up in 2001— also models bear erotica and does naked photo shoots for adult film companies when he's not entertaining kids as Santa. (Stevenson is shown at right in a photo from his Facebook page.)

"When I finally found out that there was any such thing as men who liked men, I knew that's what I had been all along," the 73-year-old Stevenson says in the film's trailer, which shows him kissing his partner on a merry-go-round. 

Whether intentional or not, I Am Santa Claus sounds like a recipe for serious anti-gay backlash (cue the pedophilia attacks), and The Mary Sue reports that there has already been some: 

Posts featuring homophobic messages spread to the film’s various social network sites. Some comments threatened Mick [Foley], some threatened Jim, and many used slurs that will not be repeated. The blowback got so bad that Mick announced a break from his personal Facebook page, the space where three-fourths of his friends are other Santas who have been incredibly supportive of the film.

WWE's Foley, an aspring Santa Claus who is the star of the film and has been supportive of the LGBT community, comes to Stevenson's defense against anti-gay critics: 

“I am a guy who used to go out of my way to make people dislike me for a career. But this is what puts people over the edge?” Foley said. “I hope people will watch the movie before judging and see the struggle to live up to the spirit and legacy of the red suit, to spread joy to others. They will feel the warmth from Jim.”

If there's ongoing or organized anti-gay backlash over Santa Jim, I couldn't find it online. In fact, the reaction among reviewers has been glowingly postiive. 

Iann Robinson at CraveOnline writes: 

The conservative crowd might bristle at a gay man involved in a film about Santa, but that’s their problem. Jim is incredibly likeable, a sweet soul with a delightful southern twang, and an affable demeanor.

StevensonposterThe site My Broken Fiat: A Catholic Mom's Journey includes a disclamer about potentially offensive content at the top of its review, but goes on to say this:  

Now I actually felt my readership cringe at the word "homosexual." Let me make very clear that Santa Jim, the rainbow-suspendered Santa who proudly displays his "Mr. Texas Bear Round-up" medals while parading through a homosexual dance-off, is not a horrible man hell-bent on infecting children with ideas of man-on-man love.  

In truth, he's actually my favorite Santa (after Foley) because you cannot help but feel the supreme and all-encompassing joy he gets from making others happy as Santa Claus. His personality is so genuine, loving and humble that you can't help but want to reach through the screen and hug him close.  

And Larry Gallagher writes at This Is Infamous

Jim comes off in the film as one of the sweetest human beings you could ever meet and it is impossible to not be touched by the sentiment he shows towards being able to mean something in people’s lives by dressing up as Santa Claus.

I Am Santa Claus, produced by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame, had a limited theatrical release this month and is now available on DVD and iTunes. It will be available on Netflix on Nov. 25.  

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