Telstra recently conducted a survey about the kinds of considerations Australians have when choosing a holiday.
Almost half (42 per cent) of those surveyed based their overall destination choice on its "social media sharing potential".
Sure, opting for a real Christmas tree fills your home with the wonderful smell of pine needles during the holidays. But getting its dried husk out of your home and onto the curb after New Year's can be a logistical nightmare: unless you have the brilliant foresight to mount your Christmas tree to a drone.
If you're looking for a quick hit of internet fame around the holidays, consider baking up some gingerbread and making anything but a house. So far we've seen crashed Enterprises and Death Stars, but a gingerbread Apple II computer, complete with edible circuitboards inside, easily wins Christmas this year.
A Christmas Story? Christmas Vacation? Scrooged? All memorable holiday films, but none of them can hold a candle, or a Zippo lighter, to the greatest Christmas movie of all time: Die Hard. Which means that by default, this handmade ornament featuring John McClane crawling through a heating duct is also the best possible way to decorate your tree.
There's an infinite number of ways the internet has improved our lives, but at the top of the list is the fact we all have easy access to videos of things getting crushed by a hydraulic press. And what better way is there to celebrate the holidays than by crushing a mountain of glitter and a CO2 cartridge? Can you think of a faster way to deck the halls?
Back in 2013, I took on the unsavoury, festive world of Hallmark ornaments. What I found, of course, rocked our nation to its core, but Hallmark's onslaught of holiday WTF-ery did not end there. As such, I have updated our exposé of the company's most unfortunate and upsetting ornaments.
Video: From shopping to decorating a Christmas tree, you have enough to deal with this time of year without having to send friends and family a card reminding them of all their holiday responsibilities. So why not dig out your LEGO bin and build this Mindstorms assistant that can churn out all your Christmas cards for you?
'Tis the season for Christmas parties, leaving many homes empty and prime targets for burglars while revellers are away visiting family and friends. But there's nothing to worry about if you've decorated your home with these festive, motion-activated Christmas lights that crank to 12,000 lumens of brightness to scare off intruders.
This weekend, fancy hotel Claridges revealed the Christmas tree that will grace its famed lobby this year. Designed by a different fancy person each year, 2016's tree was was thought up by Apple impresario Jony Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson. Ah, so this is what it felt like when humans discovered fire.
Even if you're not the Michelangelo of pumpkin carving, you can still make a memorable jack-o'-lantern using a bit of grade school science. All you need is water, dish soap, baking soda, food colouring, and vinegar. The same ingredients used in a science fair volcano can make your pumpkin appear to puke or ooze disgusting slime from its orifices.
Everyone in your neighbourhood is going to have a pumpkin carved with a goofy face sitting on their porches. Booooring. If you want to decorate for Halloween with something a little more original, why not turn your jack-o'-lantern into a working animated zoetrope and really wow all the kids stopping by to beg for free candy.
Ever since Halloween, horror movies and holidays (and special occasions, like Graduation Day) have gone together like razor blades and candy bars. Now there's an anthology film that takes its cue from that, or at the very least from Eli Roth's fake Thanksgiving trailer for Grindhouse. It's titled, of course, Holidays.
Before you buy a bunch of discounted LED lights for next year's Christmas tree, you might want to consider putting that money towards a projector instead — one that will guarantee that your living room holiday decor will far outshine your neighbour's.