Today is 3 Kings Day or the Epiphany, when the wise men visited the baby Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and mir. During church today, John Dobranski Jr. told us about the manger on the alter of the Greenpoint Church that his father, a Greenpoint firefighter made 50 years ago.
All this homemade gift giving in the air, so I decided to embroider a holiday message for all of you awesome readers! I’m not that good, yet, but it’s the thought that counts. Thanks for being the best and supporting the website. Have a great holiday! I hope you get to relax and have a fun and exciting New Years! There is so much to look forward to, I can’t wait to tell you all the good news!
A common conversation at the many holiday parties I’ve attended either merrily or obligingly regarded how the weeks leading up until Christmas are binge session after binge session. The stress of gift giving or holiday travel hardly came up. But I heard and shared many complaints like, “I just can’t drink anymore,” or “I’m seriously considering a dry January.”
Whether it’s peer pressure or the softening of awkward social situations with co-workers or distant relatives, holiday drinking certainly takes the edge off, and drains the wallet.
Late in December, before a holiday gathering that my boss promised to buy the first round, a co-worker complained that she’d already spent so much money and worn her liver out so much that she was considering not attending. We commiserated about the strong obligation we felt to show face. Just the very hint of “I have to go” sours the deal for me, alcohol or not.
Another coworker complained how dehydrated she felt and how her skin was so dry from all the boozing. I looked at my reflection in my laptop and saw a tired and blotchy face and just wanted go home, get on the couch and drink tea.
We agreed to go “just for one drink,” and miraculously stuck to our promise but I admit the dirty gin martini, just one, really made the experience more pleasant. Not that I dislike my co-workers, but a douchey midtown bar is just painful.
We small talked about the usual: holiday travel and last minute gifting and laughed about the strange feeling of being champagne buzzed at work after a recent midday office party. Ironically, we were surprised at how everyone seemed like they were getting sick.
I was out of it that evening. The weekend before I’d gone to a Vodka Latkes Hannukah celebration (which ruled!) and the next day I would host a Greenpointers Holiday Party for our writers in which I followed my boss’ example and bought the first round.
All that before Christmas and I’d already woken up groggy with a headache more than a few days this month. My body and my bank account will be depleted by New Year’s, so maybe an alcohol free January is the solution. Maybe an AA meeting would be a more permanent solution.
Drinking has become so deeply embedded in holiday merriment that it would seem foreign not to enjoy mulled wine, bourbon, or spiked egg nog. Moderation is definitely the key, but even when you promise the one drink, there are so many one drinks (and let’s face it more) that it amounts to a lot.
How do you “deal” with all the holiday drinking? Do you avoid work parties or say fuck it and get wasted and make a fool out of yourself? (We’ve all been there.) Will you have a dry January or do a juice cleanse? Or can you truly be moderate throughout the holidays?
Christmas trees are so dramatic and vain. Cut me down and put all these lights and ornaments on me so everyone oohs and aahs when they see me! And your stupid cats want to get up all in me, but they can’t – what losers. Adorn me with all those fancy presents and make sure you water me four times per day. When you leave – turn the lights off or I might burn down your entire house. After all that, chip me and leave me for compost! But you can’t get rid of me, because I’m going to leave sharp needles all around your house that will cut your toes all summer. Merry Christmas!
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WEDNESDAY 12/19 ♦No Wave Performance Task Force Presents “Women’s Group” @ Vaudeville Park (26 Bushwick Ave) 7:30pm, Conceptual open house, all welcome to perform or provide audience/response, purpose is to brainstorm, share work and party before Christmas! More Info •Poker Philanthropy @ T.B.D (224 Franklin St) 7:45pm, Support Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded veterans. RSVP to pokerphilanthropy (AT) gmail.com •Mexi-Christmas Movie @ La Gringa Taqueria (800 Grand St) 8pm, FREE screening of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” underneath an army tent out with wood-burning stove, large-format movie screen, free Mexican hot chocolate and cookies, RSVP: 718-640-0500
THURSDAY 12/20 •Krampus Party @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 6-10pm, More Info *Nouveaux Cinemas Film Festival @ Berry Park (4 Berry St) 6:30-8:30pm, FREE, Screening of short films and a live concert by VideoVideo, More Info *Drink for a cause @ Exley (1 Jackson St) 7-9pm, $5, Brooklyn Kickball & The Automotive Highschool bring you a night of Free Beer and Holiday Cheer benefiting the Williamsburg Automotive HS, RSVP *The No Office Holiday Party @ Littlefield (622 Degraw St, Gowanus) 8pm, $6, Wyatt Cenac Stand-up set, inappropriate photo opps in Hot Santa photobooth, dancing, spiked punch, More Info
FRIDAY 12/21 – APOCALYPSE!!! • Holiday Market + Bender @ Gowanus Print Lab (54 Second Ave) 6-11pm, Local artisans present their wares and works plus custom gift wrap, booze, music, screen printing, More Info ♫ Apocalypse Party @ 285 Kent Ave, 8pm, $8, Music by Prince Rama / Dickpic /Ami Dand, All Ages, RSVP ♫ Karaoke to the End! @ Connie O’s (158 Norman Ave) 10pm, apocalyptic holiday buddy-hang at Greenpoint’s best drive bar! RSVP ♫ End of The World Party @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 11:30pm, $10, Music by Peter Hadar & Funkbot, DJ’s, cheap drinks, Buy Tix ♫ Apocalypse Party @ Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St) 11:55pm, $15, French electro-jazz electronic experimentalist, Joakim curates a soundtrack to end all and NYC disco king, Jacques Renault takes the stage, RSVP
SATURDAY 12/22 • The Little Top Circus & Medicine Show @ Union Hall (702 Union St, Park Slope) 8:30pm-midnight, Sermons, snake oil, magic, feats of strength, burlesque, geekery and jazz so hot you’ll swear you smell brimstone. RSVP
SUNDAY 12/23 •A Christmas Story @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) noon, $11, instead of watching it on TV, see it on the big screen! More Info ♦Holiday Party + 1- Year Anniversary @ Storefront Bushwick (16 Wilson Ave) 4-6pm, curated by David Harper. RSVP ♥ Xmaslites in Dyker Heights and Dim Sum @ City Hall (131 Duane St, NYC) 12:30pm, Five Borough Bicycle Club (5BBC) combines two Christmas traditions—colorful lights and Chinese food—on this 20 mil. group ride. More Info
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ Pheremones likely ♦ Art Event
Last evening while waiting for a friend (to go canvas Xmas tree stands for Greenpointers) I popped into Enids to grab a Hot Toddy.
The bar tender served me up my yummy hot beverage plus a stack of paper and scissors. It was Enid’s Annual Snowflake Making Party! As I sat there and tried my best to be artistic (and not not cut my fingers off) I couldn’t believe how perfect a situation I was in before going to interview Xmas tree salesman. If I wasn’t in the holiday spirit before, this Christmas-y overload was gonna snap me into gear.
After living in Greenpoint for almost 4 years, I am so happy I finally (randomly) made it to an Enid’s decorating party.
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They have built a winter wonderland set for kids to interact with this Saturday, November 17th 10am-3pm (63 N 3rd St). They will have a photographer on site to capture the moment and will send parents a high-res zip file to help you get those holiday cards taken care of!
The entire event is free and their gift to the neighborhood. If I had a kid, I would totally be here!