Hello and happy Christmakwanzakah to all and to all a good morning! This open thread is launching on December 21st and will last all the way through Christmas, just like how the Maccabi warriors found oil that burned for eight nights in the Second Temple in Jerusalem back in the day. (However Hanukkah is over so that’s all ancient history now.) So if you need a refuge from whatever storm you’re weathering at your family holiday celebrations, here we are!
Real talk: I’ve always been obsessed with Christmas, which’s weird ’cause I’m a Jew and also generally misanthropic. Then, I had a girlfriend who ALSO loved Christmas fully and un-ironically with her whole heart. We spent a month making Christmas Cards for all our friends leading up to our first holiday together, decked out our apartment in lights and every pine-scented situation IKEA had in stock, spent literally thousands of dollars we did not have on gifts for each other. Then… well, some bad things happened that Christmas (unrelated to our relationship) and then… well, eventually we broke up! Ever since our breakup in November 2016 (a great time to break up), my Christmas enthusiasm has generally remained in hibernation.
But maybe I can start the reboot now! So many Christmas-related things to discuss.
What are your plans for Christmas? (I’m spending it with your gay Moms Robin and Carly)
What’s your favorite Christmas movie? (This is hard for me, but probably National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, or a Muppet Christmas Carol.) What’s your least favorite Christmas movie? (Love Actually is the correct answer to this question.)
How often do you think about the fact that the entire plot of Home Alone wouldn’t work now ’cause of cell phones? (I thought that was gonna be the topic of the new Google Ad but I guess not.)
Did you know that “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is my favorite song of all time besides Ave Maria? What’s your favorite Christmas song?
What are your favorite Christmas foods? (Mine are peppermint bark and Christmas cookies in general, mashed potatoes & gravy, wassail and honestly… egg-nog)
Do you remember the Christmas Movie drinking game I made a million years ago? It still holds up, FYI!
Finally: did you know that today, December 21st, is your Community Editor Vanessa Friedman‘s birthday? It is! You should let her know how much you love her and the holiday cheer with which she approaches her very own life and yours.
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