Top Ten: Reasons to love the holiday seasonWednesday, December 10, 2008 By Grace Scrivo
1. 103rd and Metcalf Light Show I’ve spent many a bored evening at this wondrous creation that combines lights, music, and fun on the perfect backdrop of a, uh, medical research building? Oh well...Also, this year they have added a modern song montage for those out there who have no idea who the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is. 2. Fashion Takes a Tailspin In winter laziness, most everybody abandons their wardrobe in favor of more comfy, warm clothes. Which means frumpy, misshapen, bulky layers stuffed underneath a stylish coat with three pairs of thermals under jeans stuffed into boots--the height of winter couture. 3. FUDGE! When I’m bored and trapped inside with a jar of marshmallow cream and large amounts of sugar and butter, it’s the perfect excuse to make some fudge, “for Christmas gifts”--half of which will be down my gullet before it even cools. 4. Santa’s Watching You! If you’re dealing with a bratty little sister/brother/cousin/nephew/niece over the holidays, just tell them that if they don’t do everything you tell them to do, Santha will deliver a nice, fat lump of coal in their stockings. Enjoy a couple weeks of pampering on their part...but watch out once the presents have been opened. 5. Sledding Oh, how I love careening down hills and getting snow in bodily crevices I didn’t even know existed... at least I’ll be so numb from the snow that I won’t be able to feel the bruises covering my body until tomorrow! But take note: everyone should enjoy the first real snowstorm of the season, because afterwards, you’re going to be dreaming of summer already. 6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is on repeat What a classic. The epitome of dysfuntional families, it will make everyone thankful for their quiet, serene grandparents and fake Christmas tree. If you have never seen this before, what is wrong with you? 7. Angry Shoppers Soccer moms are on the hunt...not for blood, but for toys. The Oak Park Mall on a Saturday is a war zone. Walmart tramplings in New York and shootings in California? What has this world come to?I don’t know. All I know is that it’s really entertaining to watch a couple of grown women fight over the last Guitar Hero: World Tour. 8. Over 50 Days of Christmas Music Look at the driver next to you at a stop light. Is he banging his head on the steering wheel with an excruciating look on his face? It could be that his girlfriend broke his heart or his dog died, but most likely it’s because every radio station he turns to is playing “Feliz Navidad” on repeat. 9. Ice Skating Even if you’re not a big fan of ice skating, try bumbling around the ice rink for an hour or two. If only to watch overly-peppy girlfriends halfway dragging their unenthusiastic-looking boyfriends across the ice while he is trying to wrap his scarf around his head so that no one will recognize him. 10. No Skirts/Shorts/Dresses/Swimming Suits Rather unfortunate to those of the male sex, but to us girls, it means we don’t have to take a sharp dangerous blade to our legs nearly as often. Heck to the yes!