Make Things Up Again.

Says Raymond Loewy, aka the industrial designer responsible for the Exxon logo, the Greyhound bus, Coca-Cola vending machines and the Lucky Strike package among other things, the secret to selling anything in the world is MAYA, which stands for “Most Advanced Yet Acceptable.” To further explain, he says, “to sell something surprising, make it familiar; and to sell something familiar, make it surprising.”

It’s an interesting way to think about design and marketing, and a useful approach we can all try to apply to our jobs this week. But we probably don’t have to sell you too hard on the fact that there’s many ways to make merry around town this Christmas week. May your days be merry and bright and, most of all, acceptable.

Monday (12.19)
Irish Whiskey Tasting at The Skellig
Get good and knackered.

Sudie, War Party, The Cush at Barcadia (Fort Worth) (Free)
Fun and games.

Tuesday (12.20)
Book of Mormon at Winspear Opera House
Tomorrow is a latter day.

Mistletoe Magic at Dallas City Performance Hall
Featuring choreography from Bruce Wood, Kimi Nikaidoh, Joy Bollinger and Albert Drake.

Holiday Inn at The Magnolia
Dream of a white Christmas.

All ‘90s Everything at RBC
With Spinderella.

Wednesday (12.21)
A Very Kacey Christmas at Billy Bob’s
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas extravaganza.

A Drag Queen Christmas at House of Blues
The dance of the sugar plum fairy.

Holiday Pop-Up w/ Mixologist Leann Berry at Kitchen LTO
For a limited time only.

Thursday (12.22)
It’s a Wonderful Life at Majestic Theatre
Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at American Airlines Center
The wizards of winter.

The Little Jack Melody Christmas Show at Dan’s Silverleaf
Jingle them bells.

The Prekindle/Do214 Holiday Party at Dada
With -topic, Siamese, Different Strokes, Sean Russell, DJ Fishr Pryce and Santa.

Friday (12.23)
Drowning Pool’s Toys For Tots Concert at Trees
Let the toys hit the floor.

Danny Diamonds, Daniel Markham, Dan Locator, Chris Welch & the Killer Dans at Dan’s Silverleaf
It’s beginning to look a lot like Dans-mas.

William Clark Green’s Christmas Circus at Billy Bob’s
The greatest show on earth.

The Christmas Lights Bike Ride at Red Star Bicycle Shop
Light up the night.

Merry Tuba Christmas at Thanksgiving Square
It’s all about that bass.

Ro2ooth Gift Grab at Ro2 Art
Affordable art with which to deck your halls.

Saturday (12.24)
Locked & Loaded at Armoury, D.E. (Free)
With Sub-Sahara, Vegan Shark, Bliss.

Hanukkah Harry Saves Christmas at Three Links (Free)
On, Schlomo!

Twas the Breaks Before Christmas at The Nines
And to all a good night.

Die Hard Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse (Cedars)
Yipee ki-yay mother fuckers.

Sunday (12.25)
XMAS Xxtherapy at Three Links (Free)
With Tstwmtc, Little Beards, Deflowered Electric Flesh Bride.

To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our event directory.

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