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Twelve Days of Christmas (Day 11)

I’ve spent every Christmas of my life in New York with family. One or two times afterwards I’ve spent the night out on the town drinking with some buddies, and what you notice is… well, the thing about Christmas in NY is that if you’re not spending it with family or friends you’re going to the bar, and if you’re going to the bar you’re walking the streets drunk and tired and cold and lonely, and there are all these drunk and lonely people together being miserable and the mood that’s set is just like the feeling you get after listening to the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York.” That’s what I’ve noticed about Christmas in NY. It’s brutal and it’s sad and it’s actually kind of beautiful.

(Watch for the appearance by Matt Dillon.)