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Holiday-themed stories/cliches that should be retired

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by DanOregon, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Every year we read about and hear the same Christmas stories that only seem to be news because they happen at this time of year, supposedly heightening the poignancy/urgency. These are the holiday junk stories. How many is your outfit guilty of running. My biggest beef with these is that there is typically nothing "new" about any of them. A big exception is toy safety.

    Christmas decorations/nativity scene vandalized
    Family has Christmas presents stolen
    travelers stranded
    gift card explainers
    the "hot" present
    Black Friday
    will we have a white Christmas?
    urgent need for food boxes
    Mall parking/car break-ins
    Charities needing urgent help because demand is higher than ever and supplies are shorter than ever
    how not to gain weight during the holidays
    how not to get to drunk at the Christmas party
    giving pets as presents dos and don'ts
    Christmas lights and safety
    Have I forgotten any? Feel free to jack this thread with other hated practices, such as use of the terms "Grinch" "white stuff" "tis the season"
  2. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Columns on Christmas Day about what gifts people in the sporting world got/should have gotten/given.

  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    hanukah menorah hot wax on the nipples ledes are always boring ...
  4. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    My roommates are wondering why I can't stop chuckling. :)
  5. hankschu

    hankschu Member

    Can we retire this one?

    "On the 11th day of Christmas, Roger Clemens took it in the butt."

    I'm tired of that old chestnut.
  6. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    thank you.

    add "what New Year's Resolutions sports figures will or should make"
  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I forgot "Christmas came early for..."
  8. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    All of them.
  9. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Seconded. And to all who write a Christmasy lede ... ugh.
  10. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    I think some of those are legitimate news stories.

    The food bank issue *is* far worse this year than it has been, thefts are usually reported, even if they are not present-related, etc.

    I agree on things like:

    gift card explainers
    the "hot" present
    will we have a white Christmas?
    how not to gain weight during the holidays
    how not to get to drunk at the Christmas party
    giving pets as presents dos and don'ts

    Also how to/how not to act at the company Christmas party.

    On the other hand, you'd assume people would read some of those.

    I am more tired of the cliche lines in stories, where writers use [insert nearby holiday here] cliches.

    And total agreement on the "Presents for sports figures" stuff.
  11. Rex Harrison

    Rex Harrison Member

    Teams/players doing charity work. Big fucking deal.
    Day after Christmas gift returns, etc. Big fucking deal.

    What about Kwanza themes?

    Also, 'Santa massacres mall patrons' should make the front page.
  12. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Don't forget the 10,000 pictures of the local holiday parade!
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