I hear the Christmas train a comin'! It's rolling ‘round the bend!

Tue, 12/30/2014

Front of House Manager/ Administrative Assistant, James Haro on his plans for the holidays!

This year is going to be a unique holiday for me, as it will be my first Christmas away from my family. You see, I’m from the sunny land of Los Angeles where my kinfolk break out their winter coats and scarves when the temperature dips below 60 degrees. The idea that I’ve been out in Philadelphia for the last 6 years, braving the same winters you all have, seems pretty crazy to my family. But here I am. And in the past I’ve been able to go home for the holidays, but this year I was not able to make it work.

HOWEVER, I am still incredibly excited and eager to celebrate the season! Why, you may ask? Because my lovely girlfriend and I will both be here for Christmas and thus we have decided to combine forces and do the Holidays our way! What does this entail?

Well, for starters, we’ve gotten ourselves a mini-tree from the Acme which we’ve named Berta. We have decorated her with a grand total of 20 stringed lights and 12 mini-ornaments. Believe me, kids, Berta is mini. The Christmas tree my family has at home is fake so this is literally the first real tree I’ve had since I was a child. This is a very big deal for me, no matter how mini the tree.

There are also multitudes of Christmas themed movies and specials and TV episodes to watch and get cheerful (drunk) to. This will probably involve staying in our PJ’s, snacking, napping, and maybe even an unfinished game or two of Monopoly.

We are also pretty big fans of food. By combining our family traditions we have decided to make a Manicotti and Tamale feast for ourselves. That’s right, I will be playing the role of my grandma and making tamales for the first time ever. Is it daunting? Yes. But ultimately the task is invigorating and reminds me that the holidays are really what you make of them (ie. Full of carbs).

If I can borrow some wisdom from the Christmas episode of my favorite television show Community, Christmas is the “crazy notion that the longest, coldest, darkest nights can be the warmest and brightest… and when we all agree to support each other in that insanity, something even crazier happens… It becomes true.”

“That’s What Christmas is For”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soO5BJBNdMc

I will miss my family this season, but this year I’m being given the opportunity to create something new for myself and someone I love and sustain that crazy notion we all call Christmas in my own way. I’m incredibly lucky to have loved ones in Philadelphia to drink spiked hot chocolate by the TV with, cook tamales for, and to share in the annual insanity with.

After all, that’s what Christmas is for.

Happy Holidays!