I think it’s politically okay to celebrate Christmas in public again. Remember when we couldn’t even say the word and the kids had “Holiday” pageants and had to sing “Woot Woot Kwanzaa” sung to the tune of he Fifth Dimension’s “Stoned Soul Picnic?” In class, they made dreidels out of polymer clay with wire hooks so we could hang them on the tree as an ornament, killing the J-bird and the C-bird with one stone. Smart hockey, teacher, keep everyone happy. Just make no mention of the sweet baby Jesus, Virgin Mary, mangers, wise men (they don’t really exist anyway), and from now on Santa has no denomination. But sitting on his lap and giving him your list of wants and desires while he drunkenly calls you a “ho ho ho” has never really gone out of style, thank Gods (plural).
I love Christmas and I will say it loud and proud. It’s all about the build up: The lights, the decorations, the shortbread, the Brie wheels, the booze, and best of all the bombardment of made-for-tv movies on the W Network. There’s a bunch of them, all filmed in Toronto, all starring Hollywood D-list “ageing” actresses with Can-con leading men, that they replay over and over again. A typical plot: A woman, once married to an evil rat bastard who leaves her for his sex-atary, becomes homeless. She gets a job at a diner and starts baking cookies that sell like hotcakes. The man (whose name is always Nick) that runs the diner is a nice but seemingly hapless hunk that she is sexually attracted to but she has no time for because she has to get back on her feet for the sake of her hipster daughter who is away at college and doesn’t yet know she is broke. The story-line arcs when there is a misunderstanding involving false pride (hers) and blue balls (his) and she falls into the depth of despair. But! It turns out he is actually super wealthy. Her cookies become a multi-million dollar industry and she and Nick fall in love just in time for Christmas and her daughter comes home to her happy mom and new daddy and a house full of prezzies. The end.
And speaking of baking cookies, I gave that chore up for Lent 4 years ago and never really got back to it. I used to get invited to various “cookie exchange” parties…I know, right? Bake a dozen million cookies, put them in a trunkload of cookie tins and take them to covenant of estrogen-based ho-bags and sit around and drink wine and talk. That’s not really party *per se,* Not without bone and mistletoe! Bitch, please. What is with all these grown women wanting to go out on “girls’ night?” A couple of weeks ago, one of my friends e-mailed me: “We’re going out on a girls’ night, want to come?” I e-mailed: “Can I bring my nephew?” To which the reply: “Ladies only!” Ugh, to that! Seriously, I can’t handle being in a mass of women, or a “snatch of beavers,” plural form. I need man energy to drive me to take the next breath. This is why I don’t mind when my teenage son has a room full of boys sleep over in the tv room. The sweat and Axe Body Spray all condense in one spot over night so that when you open the door in the early afternoon to see if they are still alive, you are bombarded with a pheromone bomb so potent, you have to wear panty liners for a week.
But I’m looking forward to this cookie party. My friend who invited me has called this the “rebel cookie exchange where anything goes!” I asked: “Do you mean there will be man-whores and bourbon?” “Oh, goodness, no,” she laughed, “You can actually bring squares, before they were sticky about that rule and it was cookies only. Lindsay is making fudge!” Fudge! I love fudge. And cookies. Nothing says Christmas more than a chunk of extra ass-flab made out of butter. Ho ho ho!
And with that I leave you with some Can-con, my mother’s favourite Christmas carol, Little Drummer Boy, done by Sean Quigley of Winnipeg. This is cool and love his teenage ‘stache: