December 25 Open Thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

Max was by far my favorite part of this film. Bonus Grinch headcanon and fanart.

Everyone surviving okay? Feel free to vent, commiserate, or share how you are/have been coping with the season. We’re almost through this, hang on!

53 Responses to “December 25 Open Thread”

  1. CleverManka says:

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    I have a headache (yaaaay) and it feels like my right eye is trying to exit my face so I probably won't be commenting much but I'll be checking to approve comments for most of the day.

    Have a happy one, y'all.

  2. RoseCamelia says:

    It's not a holiday until you find glitter on the dog.

    Red sparkle in the black fur well below LittleGirlDog's right eye. Very pretty. On the Cutest Little [her breed] Ever.

    But really? On the dog? There are no children in my house. Glitter truly does get *everywhere*.

  3. Heathered says:

    Merry Shitscram! I'm listening to the Raveonettes and accomplishing nothing. 95% of my gifts were candy and I'm trying to figure out if I should keep it to ration out as writing rewards or just chuck it all because I'm kind of over sugar and would like to feel healthier in the new year. I made a pizza in the slow cooker yesterday, so my lunch of leftovers is really going to be the star of today. I hope everyone reading is keeping stress to a minimum and finding some joy in the day.

    • RoseCamelia says:

      Yay for leftover slowcooker pizza! You're a success in the kitchen. Do the Raveonettes make you sing or dance? For Giftmas I received CDs by Bruno Mars and by Pink. I tend to dance with Bruno & sing with Pink.

      • Heathered says:

        The Raveonettes first album is usually what I hang laundry to! (I switched to Tove Lo, but she just makes me blush a lot.)

    • Räven says:

      I would definitely ration out the candy, but 1, I am skilled at delayed gratification and 2, I'm not the one trying to cut out sugar. And c, I am the last person to throw anything away basically ever. So that's not very helpful I suppose…
      I hope you are having a pleasant day one way or another!

      • Heathered says:

        It has been really nice, thank you! I took a long-by-my-standards walk because it's Monday but there's almost no traffic, had cold pizza and beer for lunch, forgot I haven't been drinking in a bit and passed out for an hour & have just generally been an idle throw pillow. (And I think I'm going to hoard that candy–like you, I find it SO HARD to throw stuff away. I may bring some to the office for my last therapist appt. since they can share with clients and no single person has to go into sugar shock.)

  4. Doc_Paradise says:

    I've been watching this anime (warning auto ads) all morning: https://otakustream.tv/anime/houseki-no-kuni-tv/e

  5. Lee Thomson says:

    We're ok! Noon has come and gone, and no one is throwing up yet, although it is a mistake to rule it out too soon, and it IS a long standing holiday tradition….

    Dinner last night was excellent, I adore my children, I married the right guy and things are nice. Thank you. We have snow, about ankle deep, fluffy and lovely. The kids made stockings for the grownups, and for me they found things that made me cackle, including a string of the ugliest beads any of the three of us had ever seen. For Mr Crow, since he doesn't do well with stupid, they went for surreal, and he also was cackling as he unpacked his stocking.

    Mr Crow, as Xmess (thank you for that formulation!) Czar decreed "things to be done together that produce a thing or photographic evidence" so there are soldering and electronics projects, a book binding project, a t-shirt dyeing project, and sundry others waiting to be scheduled. The wind is howling about. The sun is shining. The younger Crow and I are reading internet while Mr Crow moves snow around outside.

    Happy Monday. As the kids ask – what do you need to have happen for it to feel like a nice XMas?

    • Lee Thomson says:

      Please hold a good thought for my beloved Red Kate who has a lump in her breast and whose mother died of breast cancer when she was young. She has some tests tomorrow, and almost certainly a biopsy later, and I'm going along to hear and take notes, and hold her hand. She is not tracking well.

      • RoseCamelia says:

        Oh dear. Holding Red Kate in the light. I've had so many breast lumps just disappear. But not before letting me discover and worry over them. My breast lumps are assholes. May Red Kate's lump be just as benign.

    • RoseCamelia says:

      Not throwing up seems a good holiday tradition.

      Cackling is wonderful. But what will you do with the ugly beads? There's the challenge.

    • Fancy_Pants says:

      Your Christmas (and your family) sounds lovely. So glad you are having a good day 🙂

  6. Räven says:

    Merry Christmas to those who want one.
    My mother and brother slept til nine, where I am sort of a "it's six am and Santa has been here!" kind of Christmas person. Also I didn't want to wake anyone by grinding coffee. But now the day is on track. I got the Useful Gifts I asked for like an (inexpensive) optical drive for my computer, and x-acto blades. And I have library books checked out on my iPad so it should be a pleasant day and I am determined not to complain or make anyone feel bad for all the things about the family that are making me insane. Hahaha.

    • RoseCamelia says:

      You waited three hours so your family could sleep before you made coffee? That's significant sacrifice, in my book. Do they recognize the gift of your personal torture?

      Happy reading. I hope someone refills your coffee cup for you.

      • Räven says:

        I don't think they grasped that I was waiting really. Zero credit. But I am definitely grinding some coffee for tomorrow morning, tonight.

        I am practicing so hard being patient with family dynamics and it is doing me in.

    • Räven says:

      Past noon the next day and my brother is sleeping in, while I text him every ten minutes " WHERE ARE YOU" and try not to fucking bite anyone. Finally I texted "mom is making popovers and I am going to eat them all" and now he is up.

  7. Kazoogrrl says:

    I spent most of yesterday in bed or a hot bath, not sure if I had a low grade virus, food poisoning, or too much holiday foods. We had to skip a friend's gathering, which made me sad. Today I'm better, we're at my parents where my brother has already gone on a government conspiracy rant, and now we're on present opening hold as a friend of the family dropped by. I'm not feeling overly social and am having trouble keeping up my end of things.

    When we get home I'm hitting the couch and watching Bright on Netflix. I took tomorrow off so there will be more relaxing.

    • RoseCamelia says:

      Too much holiday foods. Why do I do that to myself? I'm having kale salad for lunch as an antidote.

      I hope your bed and baths make you feel better and stave off any sickness looking to hang around. It's ok to be less social. Let the rest of the fam pick up the slack this year.

  8. phantom says:

    Merry Christmas to those that want it. I have a terrible stomach ache but I also got a haul. Though more clothes even though I specified I have too much don't give me more clothes *sigh*. I got lots of nice jewelry and art supplies like fancy markers and water colour crayons (I spelled that right spell check why do I have American spell check?) so that was nice.

  9. RoseCamelia says:

    Did y'all see yesterday's Doonesbury? It's Trudeau's take on The War on Christmas. I love it. A welcome antidote to my rabidly narrow-minded extended family.
    http://doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/strip/archiv

    • phantom says:

      Oh the Doonesbury artist's last name is Trudeau, that was funny though. Oh though good luck with your extended family.

    • Heathered says:

      Nice one. Thank all Gods we are finally allowed to say the words "Merry Christmas" again after all those years of people having their lips sewn shut. :/

  10. Fancy_Pants says:

    Merry Christmas, Mankanaut community. My Christmas has been perfectly fine. I realize I'm never going to like Christmas, and that's okay. I get stressed out with high-emotional-stakes events, gift giving (and receiving) makes me uncomfortable, and I hate the general feeling of *hovering* around for several days because I feel like I should be ~present~ but don't actually have anything to do.

    I think my mom had a good Christmas though, and honestly that's what matters to me. I hope you're all surviving!

  11. meat_lord says:

    Hey, everyone! I would like to offer you all mandarins/ shortbread/ fresh baked biscuits/ other things I have eaten today. This has been the chilliest Christmas of my life; I am full and amiable and have two new novels to read.

    My partner got those headphones with light-up cat ears from their dad, who likes to buy extravagant presents, and they look adorable. CYBERPUNK KITTY DATEFRIEND.

    • Heathered says:

      First paragraph: Solid yums the whole way through, novels included. Second paragraph is probably real but I like believing its part of that kitty game some of you all are playing and that if I left my laptop unattended long enough I might end up with a cyberpunk kitty datefriend, too. 🙂 Great either way, really.

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