Reading While Eating for December 16: Smells Like Christmas Spirit

Friday's links can't help but get into the holiday frenzy.

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A student attaches her glasses to a Peking opera facial mask during an event promoting Peking opera at a university in Liaocheng, Shandong province on December 15, 2011.

Oh Yes He Did: As the literary world remembers contrarian writer Christopher Hitchens, take a look at his scathing takedown of (yes!) Mother Teresa. (Slate)

Racial Row: A Wisconsin school removed a Hindu song from a holiday pageant after parents complained. But Hanukkah and Kwanzaa songs remained untouched. (Divanee)

Sweet Smell of Success: The scent of cinnamon makes you spend more money in stores. No, seriously. (TIME Ideas)

Say What: Hey, they said it, not you. Check out the year’s craziest quotations. (LIFE)

Gift Guide: In need of last-second holiday presents? These are guaranteed to be affordable, fun and most certainly not fugly. (Go Fug Yourself)

Security Slip: A traveler claims he got his bags of marijuana through a security checkpoint untouched — but with a chiding note from the TSA. (The Daily What)

Viral Video: Forget traveling carolers. This Christmas choir is made of 64 iPhones. Warning: It gets annoying pretty quickly. (Gizmodo)