Holiday memories (& Friday Links)


Edward Pfizenmaier, Wollman Rink, Central Park, New York City, 1954

It’s the last weekend before the Christmas holiday. We’ve been enjoying multiple viewings of the Grinch—and multiple placed emphases on how the holiday will always be “just as long as we have we”—and plenty of peppermint Jo-Jos and other treats. Last weekend we took the kids up to the snow and we’re thinking we’ll make a return trip to the Sierras tomorrow as well. It’s interesting to think that at any moment Hudson could be forming a memory that will actually last. Most people I talk to can recount their first memory from around the age of 3-1/2 or 4. I wonder if any of this will be a part of it. What’s yours?

Is one of them ice skating? Here are five tips for getting on the ice if you are trying it for the first time (or taking someone for theirs).

Do you make form cookies? We’ll be making some this weekend. These would be the perfect cookies for wannabe Jedi knights.

Minted shared one of my tips for saving holiday cards on their blog, Julep.

Are you a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies? I think Magnolia is my favorite, but this oral history of Boogie Nights reminded me how brilliant it is, too. (He also behind There Will be Blood and The Master.)

How to smuggle booze and make a mixed drink anywhere. Hilarious. (Thanks, Harmony.)

I rounded up some amazing destination toy stores for Condé Nast Traveler.

I followed a link to this Q&A for its support of watching The Sopranos, but ended up loving its hilarious description of a wandering mind (while watching The Affair).

Now that Serial has wrapped, we’ll need a new form of pop-culture to binge. Any suggestions? (Related: Downton Abbey resumes in the U.S. in a couple of weeks!)

And finally:

Solid advice from the editors of Cherry Bombe: Steer clear of any gift “that reflects a desire on your part for that person to change.”

And this year’s gift guides for him, for her, for the kiddo (plus the best for preschoolers lists), and for everyone else.

Have a great weekend!

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