Christmas Trees and Santas in the News, Galleries, and LOLCats

With the exception of Michael Jackson’s miraculous recovery/impromptu world tour announcement, Apple’s bizarre ban on certain eBooks, and Lauren and Heidi’s tearful reunion on last night’s season finale of The Hills, all of today’s cultural news seems to be put on hold for the impending holiday. So we’ve decided to stop fighting off the merriment, drop the Scrooge routine and go with the flow instead: We’ll be secretly watching all five parts of Aimee Mann’s “Christmas Carol” online now (Michael Cera! John Krasinski! John C. Reilly!) and counting down the hours until we head off to the airport.

After the jump find ten of our favorite holiday-related links; leave any seasonal awesomeness that we’ve missed in the comments area.

1. Bike-Powered Christmas Tree in Barcelona: It’s red and green [Wired]

2. Cat vs. Santa: Christmas eve edition [I Can Has Cheezburger]

3. Christmas tree destroyed, in protest [Buzzfeed]

4. Really cool DIY Wreaths [Listicles]

5. Juergen Teller creeps us out with his artistic re-imagining of Santa [Guardian]

6. Comedian Arthur Smith makes us laugh with his [Guardian]

7. And Moby just makes us go, WTF [Guardian]

8. Nerdy and politically correct “Holiday Tree” made out of GE’s advanced OLED technology [Wired]

9. Zaha Hadid designs a post-modern Christmas tree, it sells for 46,000 Euros [IHT]

10. Santa Claus genealogy (his family suggests origins in the “Winterman tribe”) [Boing Boing]