So This Is Christmas.

I'm Jewish. I don't celebrate Christmas. But, until I was 11 or so, Santa Claus used to visit my house every Christmas Eve, regardless.

Without fail, each year, he'd fill the stockings my mother would hang above our family's fireplace with Junior Mints. Sometimes he brought socks, too — assuming my parents had forgotten to gift me any of those during the eight nights of Hanukkah.

I guess the takeaway here is that this Santa fellow's a pretty thoughtful dude. So here's hoping, in addition to whatever it is you wished for this season, he also remembered to bring you something you needed. Like socks. And maybe some Junior Mints. (I hear they go well with ham.)

Should Santa fail to bring you your annual supply of Junior Mints and/or socks, don't fret too much. There are at least two events going on today that you can check out to help get that Christmas disappointment off your mind.

Riverboat Gamblers, Hagfish and The Re-Mos at Trees
Some people go to church on Christmas. Other, less pious folk go to Trees, which each year hosts this homecoming show featuring local icons the Riverboat Gamblers and Hagfish. This year, the headliners are joined by area punk outfit The Re-Mo's. It's like a local music family reunion! Come out and see who gained the most weight!

Scaraoke with Mr. Rid at the Single Wide
Sometimes, you just need to sing. Let Mr. Rid help you if that urge so strikes you on this holiest of holy days.

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