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Let’s face it you can’t take Christmas photos with a drone. Plus, Santa is giving out candy and FREE GUMMY BEAR TOYS!!!
• Grand Street Holiday Window Display Competition @ Grand St (btwn Lorimer & Humboldt) SATURDAY (12/15) – 1-4pm, FREE, vote for your favorite window display created by local high school students, and enjoy santa visits, free face painting, and a scavenger hunt for the kids, and enter to win $100 local gift certificates, More Info
WEDNESDAY 12/11 •Hoodoo + Conjure 101: American Folk Magick Series @ Catland (987 Flushing Ave, Bushwick) 7-9pm, $10, learn about the history of hoodoo in this lecture from Khi Armand, a neo-traditional shaman and hoodoo “rootdoctor”, RSVP ♥ Love Actually Trivia @ Trash Bar (256 Grand St) 7:30-10pm, FREE, I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toesssss, winner gets a $20 bar tab and a romantic dinner with Hugh Grant (one of these is not a real prize), RSVP • The Experiment Was This @ 155 Freeman St, 7:30pm, $5 suggested donation, a reading and conversation with poet Ada Smailbegovic and photographer Sylv Hardy, investigating the material qualities of natural substances, written language, and the photograph itself, More Info, RSVP * Bad Movie Brooklyn Presents: Jingle All the Way @ Berry Park (4 Berry St) 8pm, FREE, Watch a pregnant Schwarzenegger punch a reindeer in the face, and then remind yourself that he was actually the governor of California, RSVP ♫ Bashdown @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, $8, December birthday celebration, featuring performances from The Planes / Onesie / Golden Bloom / Orca Age, RSVP Continue reading →
If you were able to pay us a visit at the Holiday Market yesterday, maybe you noticed our lovely Illustrator Libby (who made the amazing poster for the market!) – who was manning our table shaking guests down for $1 raffle tickets. Our Writer’s Fund is very healthy thanks to her skills of persuasion! Continue reading →
Let’s share the love of this holiday giving season by donating toys to children who don’t get elaborate visits from Mr. Claus on Christmas. Donate an unwrapped toy for infants to teenagers at Greenpoint Church (126 Milton St) starting on Wednesdays from 4-7pm and Thursdays from 8am-noon through 12/12.
Mark your calendars and start making your holiday goodies!
We are booked for Sunday, December 8, 2013 for our Annual Greenpointers Holiday Market from 1-7pm at The Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl)
Note:our venue has changed, but it is not far (same building) and it is bigger and better with 360 degree views of Brooklyn and the NYC Skyline and the space itself is flooded with light. Because we had to seek a new venue, the spacerental price has gone up significantly. In turnour table prices have also increased. That being said, we have done our research and our rates are competitive with other markets. As always it will be the BEST local shopping market around town!
Included is a FREE Featured Vendor Post on Greenpointers.com (worth $125) for all vendors who are accepted and submit information about their business in a timely manner.
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!