You know they don't call it the "most wonderful time of the year" for nothing! We hope that this week brings happiness and peace to you and your families. May you get a break from the blur that life can become balancing a job, your family, and all your other commitments.

Here at Kendo UI, most of us are on vacation this week with our families. Those of us that have very small children (Brandon, John, Todd, Rosen, ect..) will be watching a lot of Teletubbies , giving piggy back rides, playing with Duplo Bocks and whatever you people with tiny tots do to pass the time. Some of us that have older children (yours truly) will be playing a lot of PS3, watching episodes of Mythbusters we have already seen a thousand times and * cringe* old episodes of McGyver.  If you really want to see some bad TV, watch some of those old episodes on Netflix.  I have 3 boys and they absolutely love it.  The guys/girls in Sofia will of course also be up to their own holiday revelries, both in Bulgaria, and around Europe with family and friends.

I wanted to leave you with something fun for the holiday week, should you be reading your feeds or checking up on content this week. Even if you find yourself back at your desk or crunching through a deadline. Hopefully this post will add a bit of glimmer to your week and leave you lighthearted. This is a list of fun and interesting things that I have come across this past week. Some of these are HTML5/Web related and some are just funny.  I typically don’t do list posts as there are so many out there already, but hey – its Christmas!

So here's us wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy HTML5 Holiday season.

Christmas ASCII Art - Everyone loves ASCII art and I couldn't pass this one up. It's on GEOCITIES!!!

Unicode Snowman For You - Totally pointless, but it's an Unicode snowman. And it's for you. Sadly, it is not a valid JavaScript variable, but see Mathias Bynens post for all sorts of ridiculous Unicode characters that are legit. I'm not saying you should use them. I'm just saying.  via Digital Bush

Node XMAS Module For all you Noders out there,

npm xmas

You're welcome.  via Brandon Satrom


HTML5 Canvas Snow In 3d - You are probably going to need a WebGL capable browser for that one.

NORAD Tracks Santa With HTML5 - Every year NORAD tracks Santa and this year they are using more HTML5 to do it, including crazy stuff like WebGL, Web Workers, Typed Arrays and CORS. Mozilla has a nice write up here on what they are using and how they are doing it.

Nice Snow Creations - Some pretty neat snow creations posted by the folks over at thinkgeek .

Git Cheatsheet A nice interactive cheatsheet of git commands.  It has nothing to do with the holidays, I know.  I’m trying here.

Gagnam Style CSS - Because, lets face it. You CANNOT get enough Gangnam style.  via John Bristowe

Quick JavaScript Quiz - This was a quick quiz posted by Ryan Florence wherein you have to implement the functions to pass the tests. Give it a go and see if you can implement all 3. I gave up on the first one but implemented the second two . See if you can do better!  It's a great way to test your skills. You know: nun chuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills...

Notch Tries Out JsFiddle - If you are ready to have your mind blown, check out what the creator of Minecraft ( Notch ) did with some creative JavaScript in JsFiddle.  via Korchev

Offscreen Mag's Web Workers Christmas Wishlist - If you're looking for a creative way to spend all that Christmas money, check out their list of really unique and creative stuff.  There are some excellent items here that I’m betting you haven’t seen before.  via Vasil Yordanov

And Lastly, But Not Leastly

Handiemail - If you want to send thank you notes with that "personal" touch but lack the motivation to do handwritten notes, Handiemail will hand write your message for you for the very low price of $10. There's no better way to say "I care, but I'm incredibly lazy".  via Todd Anglin

See You All Next Year!

2013 is going to be an amazing year for Kendo UI and HTML5. We have some really exciting things on our roadmap , and a few that are still under wraps! We look forward to bringing you all the goodness that the web has to offer in 2013 while continuing on our mission to be the most complete HTML5 framework for web, mobile and wherever else web technologies will take us!

Burke Holland is the Director of Developer Relations at Telerik
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Burke Holland

Burke Holland is a web developer living in Nashville, TN and was the Director of Developer Relations at Progress. He enjoys working with and meeting developers who are building mobile apps with jQuery / HTML5 and loves to hack on social API's. Burke worked for Progress as a Developer Advocate focusing on Kendo UI.

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