I was once told by an older gentleman that it is not a true family gathering unless one person leaves crying and another leaves in a huff.
There is a lot of truth in this humorous remark.
Family, by definition, are the people who you have to be with this time of year. When you put too many divergent personalities together in a room, there is bound to be friction. Now that the opening act of Thanksgiving is over and all of the relatives have safely returned home, it is time to gear up yet again for the main event: Christmas week. How does one adequately prepare for even more quality time as children, spouses, in-laws — and the occasional stray dog that always seems to end up as part of the scene — arrive? If that is not enough, this time you might even get snowed in with them.
Just when you thought ugly Christmas sweaters were limited to attached jingle bells and fuzzy candy canes, there’s this: A sweater by Digital Dudz that has an inner pocket for a smartphone, which—once you download a free app—will actually animate the sweater (the options are surprisingly vast: there’s a caroling kitty, a crackling fireplace, a snowglobe). Watch the video and prepare to dominate your Ugly Christmas Sweater parties.
Bette Midler (The Divine Miss M, if you’re nasty)’s peppy holiday classic “Cool Yule” is the inspiration behind Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus’s 2013 holiday concert, called, wouldn’t you know, “Cool Yule.” For the event, Artistic Director Joseph J. Buches has hired a Big Band that will guide his 140-strong group of songbirds through a catalogue of little-known holiday tunes from the swing era. I ran into PGMC member — and occasional Philly Mag writer — Sandy Smith last night at KNOCK, where he hilariously regaled me with a sampling of two or three of the songs on the agenda, like “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” which he crooned to me in his best “eight-year-old voice.”
Screenshot from NBC 10, which ran with the initial ‘toy thief’ story.
Turns out it’s not just internet news, fueled by social media, that jumps to conclusions without verifying stories. A built-for-TV news story that ever-so-briefly flooded Philadelphia airwaves turns out well, to be completely wrong.
Jake Gyllenhaal makes Santa sexy in a scene from Jarhead.
Today I gave myself the difficult task of scouring the web and Instagram for sexy male Santa photos. It all started when I was out shopping over the weekend and saw a rack of Santa hats for sale. Suddenly, my mind went zooming to its naughtier regions, where I was reminded of that oh-so-hot scene in Jarhead when Jake Gyllenhaal dances around in his army tent wearing nothing but two Santa hats, one on his head and one on his you-know-what. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about: here. You’re welcome.)
So in honor of a holiday fantasy that, I’m sure, will forever live on in the minds of gay men (and some of you ladies) across the world, I give to you a slideshow of 25 of the sexiest Santas I could find. Happy holigays!
From Monday, December 9 through Monday, December 23, chef Jeremy Nolen will offer a Classic German Christmas Dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz.
Nolen’s modern take on the German tradition will feature a ten-pound roasted goose served family style for eight or more guests. The goose is filled with pretzel, apple and sage stuffing. The goose is just one of the courses of the $60, three-course dinner. The dinner also includes a glass of Glühwein, a mulled red wine that is poured warm and accented with German spices.
Kill two birds with one stone this year by cutting down your own Christmas tree. Not only will you get to haul home a beautiful, fresh, delicious smelling pine, fir or spruce, you’ll also get a killer arm workout! Just be sure to rehydrate with some steaming hot cocoa afterwards.
Excited to get chopping? Here are 18 farms in our Pennsylvania and New Jersey where you can chop, chop, chop to your heart’s content.