Not only is this seasonal grid refreshingly different and difficult to compose, it is linked to a theme that was good enough to stand on its own. It was fun to solve even for a non-reader of cartoons, including "Peanuts." And the list goes on, briefly
DASHER [I was thinking gods, not reindeer]NFL snappers
CTRS [not lobsters, linemen]Prevents littering?
SPAYSYes or no emphasizer
SIREEBeing shown, in a way
Stanley Cup org. THE
It was good to learn that NYASHA is the former name of Lake Malawi, and it would have been still better had I ever heard of Lake Malawi.