'merry christmas!' photo (c) 2006, Clara T - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

As regular readers know, I have an enormous The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa list.

I thought people might enjoy seeing a much shorter list of my favorite fun ones:

To start off with, here are some easy tools to send neat and unique holiday greetings through the Web:

Chatty Santa is one of my students’ favorite ways to use English and send holiday e-greetings.

It’s A Message lets you send a personal holiday message, along with images of snow falling on the address of your choices.

Create a Gingerbread Man at TheoWorlds.

Send a Merry Message at Better Homes and Gardens.

Compose a Christmas Carol at ZeFrank.

Gatuno in Christmas is an online video game that offers the challenge of helping Gatuno find a gift for a child. Here’s the walkthrough.

8 Spectacular Christmas Light Shows on YouTube is a fun video collection.

The 5 Best Toys of All Time is a must-read article from Wired by Jonathan Liu. “Stick” is ranked as number one. I’d also suggest you read his follow-up piece, Get a Kid the 6th Best Toy of All Time.