It is Christmas week and so the Great Links is bringing together examples of Star Trek holiday cheer from across the web. We have Star Trek Christmas songs, Vulcan Giving, Klingon Christmas, Trek trees, Enterprise in Gingerbread, Santa Spock and more. Ho Ho Make it So.
Star Trek Holiday 2009 Links
Here are some intersections of Star Trek and the holiday season of 2009.
Merry Trekmas – the Free Star Trek Christmas CD
Musician Rick Moyer has put together a collection of original Star Trek Christmas songs and made them available online for free, including CD artwork. You can download them all off his website christrocks.com/merrytrekmas. Here is a promo video for the project.
Star Trek Tree
Hallmark Star Trek ornaments have been a staple of Trekkie Christmas for decades and this year there are lots of Star Trek Christmas Tree videos on YouTube, but this one from Vicky of Texas is a favorite because the tree is made of aluminum, and even comes with a Star Trek tree blanket.
Star Trek Menorah
Of course Star Trek embraces all faiths. Last week, the eight day Jewish holiday of Hanukah ended on the 19th. Each day of Hanukah is traditionally counted down with a menorah, with a candle or light for each night. But the folks at at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories helped a couple turn the Star Trek Pez into a speical Star Trek menorah.
Spock inspires giving
The new Star Trek movie has a scene with young Spock being quizzed, and it is this scene that has inspired a non profit fund raiser who wrote an editorial for the Florida Sun Sentinel titled Generosity is Best When Given Freely. Here is an excerpt:
In the latest Star Trek movie, a prequel to the television series, a young, proto-logical Spock contemplates the idea, "morally praiseworthy but not morally obligatory."
Although swiftly spoken, the phrase catches attention. As a nonprofit executive whose role mainly involves motivating private, voluntary financial contributions (that are praiseworthy) to complement government funds earmarked to address specifically defined, community-centered needs (obligatory), I found the idea worth investigating, especially at this time, in a season of giving. [read the rest]
The Lost Star Trek Holiday Episode?
The Whatever Blog has put together their list of 10 Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time, which includes the following:
The Lost Star Trek Christmas Episode: “A Most Illogical Holiday” (1968)
Mr. Spock, with his pointy ears, is hailed as a messiah on a wintry world where elves toil for a mysterious master, revealed to be Santa just prior to the first commercial break. Santa, enraged, kills Ensign Jones and attacks the Enterprise in his sleigh. As Scotty works to keep the power flowing to the shields, Kirk and Bones infiltrate Santa’s headquarters. With the help of the comely and lonely Mrs. Claus, Kirk is led to the heart of the workshop, where he learns the truth [read the rest]
Klingon Christmas Carol
Earlier this month the Commedia Beauregard in Minneapolis, MN once again showed their Klingon interpretation of the Dicken’s classic "A Christmas Carol". Here is a news report about the live show from a couple years ago.
Photo of the week: Santa Spock
Karracaz from Deviant Art has created this Christmas Spock. (Click image to enlarge).
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