Hi, y’all.

Much like Tim Minchin I enjoy the togetherness & family aspects of this holiday despite not being religious. I’ve spent the last couple days with a good friend who also didn’t have family to visit this year, and I’m going to a potluck tonight at an occupier/hippie co-op. We’ve indulged in a lot of the Christmas classics I grew up with like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Year Without a Santa Claus. And some definitely not-classics like this: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a terrible old film raked over the coals in that special Mystery Science Theatre 3000 style. It’s really an awful flick, but there’s something comforting about Joel & the bots after all these years. Hope it gives you a chuckle.

Winter is finally here, and it is finally time to tear all the tomato plants out of the garden even in Texas. Hope you’re staying warm and smiling tonight however (or if) you celebrate.

This is our latest open thread. What’s on your mind?