2020 Christmas Roundtable

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We have arrived at our 5th annual BareBones Christmas Roundtable!

2020 has been an insane and difficult year for many people around the world, but we are almost through. Join BareBones Ent and some awesome bands as we spread some Christmas/holiday cheer, and let’s get ready for 2021!

BareBones Ent (for our 5th Christmas Roundtable we will finally answer the questions too!)

BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

BS: I love when the weather gets cooler, and the overall feel in the air throughout the season. Something just changes in the air when it gets close to the holidays.


BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

BS: At my grandma’s house we would always do a big family secret Santa. It was always exciting to draw names, and then surprise your person with a gift.


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

BS: Nightmare Before Christmas is my all time favorite movie, so I feel that is cheating to put here. This is a tough one Jingle All The Way, Home Alone, and Elf are up there. Probably favorite more modern Christmas movie is The Night Before.


BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

BS: The snowman from Rudolph. He seems super chill.


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

BS: “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” by The Killers

Cavo (drummer Andy Herrin)

Photo courtesy of Cavo

BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?
AH:
Maybe it’s because I’m a true 90s kid but I love the mall at Christmas time. A lot of malls aren’t what they used to be but for some reason here in Nashville, they’re bigger than ever. You go to the mall at Christmas time here and it transports you back to the mid-90s at Christmas time. It’s really rad. I also love Shine Nog and you can only buy it this time of year. It’s super strong though so drink with caution. 

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?
AH:
When I was 10 years old I wanted a drum kit so bad for Christmas. My dad couldn’t find a cheap one leading up to Christmas and on Christmas Eve he convinced a friend of his to sell him an old drum kit so Christmas morning there it was my very own kit. I still get choked up thinking about that morning. Haha. 


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
AH:
Hands down my favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation I watch it every year. There is normally a yearly party in Nashville at The Belcourt thrown by Jackalope Brewing where they show the movie and you get beer included with your ticket but this year sadly that’s not happening but I’ll be watching it at home regardless. 

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?
AH:
Kevin from Home Alone 2. The dude is 9 years old, in NYC alone, WITH his dad’s credit card, AND a Talkboy. What else do you need?

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?
AH:
“Merry Christmas Will Do” by Material Issue. They’re one of my all-time favorite bands and I’ve always been a sucker for sad Christmas songs. Lyrically the song is about realizing the person doesn’t love you back and just telling them “you don’t have to say you love me, I know that that’s not true. Merry Christmas will do” Really catchy and sad all at once. 

Joe Barksdale

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

JB: I’d say the togetherness that people seem to experience. Togetherness and acceptance. People seem a little bit more open to listening to each other and empathizing with each other and those kinds of things lead to huge changes in society and culture. 

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

JB: I’d say serving the homeless for the first time in Christmas with my Gaga (my aunt). What started as a way for me to get out of church, because Christmas was on a Sunday this particular year, turned into a yearly tradition until I graduated high school and went to college. I LOVE helping others. 

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

JB: Jingle All the Way 

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

JB: Jack Frost so that I could help with global warming, and I consider myself a lone wolf. 

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

JB: “This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway

Torii Wolf

Photo by Amanda Demme

BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

TW: I love the brisk weather here in California.  I grew up in NY so it really just feels like autumn weather here but as our bodies acclimate I get cold sometimes which I love.

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

TW: My favourite holidae memory is how my uncle used to set up a tiny little town made of porcelain sculptures like a barber shop and a delivery person and we would always add something to it each year.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

TW: My favourite Christmas movie is probably a Nightmare Before Christmas.

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

TW: If I could be any holidae character I would probably be a flying reindeer 

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?
TW:
Tough Q. I would have to say “Silent Night”.

Kissing Candice

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

Joey: Honestly growing up in NY around this time of the year the night get colder.. there’s a certain smell in the air.  You can smell the holiday. It’s weird I know haha.

Dreamer: Slowing down the pace of life and seeing friends and family.

Grip: The smell… of FRESH LEATHER JACKETS!!!

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

Joey: When I was a kid opening gifts and 95% of them being something Ghostbusters related.

Grip: Getting the gold cartridge of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for N64. I didn’t think my parents would be able to find one but they went out of their way to make sure it was the gold one and I really appreciate that from them. It was super cool. Then they probably regretted it when I played that game all day every day until I beat it over and over again. I also love thinking of who people are and finding awesome gifts for them. 

Dreamer: N64 with my boys

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Joey: That’s harddddd. It’s neck and neck Christmas Vacation/Home Alone.

Dreamer: Krampus

Grip: Someone’s gotta say it to spur the debate…DIE HARD!

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

Joey: The creeper from Jeepers Creepers.  I can eat everyone every 23 years!

Dreamer: Goldberg from Silent Night, Deadly Night. Because wrestling.

Grip: Going off my controversial answer to question 3… BRUCE WILLIS in DIE HARD!

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

Joey: “Grandma got run over by a reindeer” 

Dreamer: King Diamond – “No Presents for Christmas”

Grip: Damn, you’re putting me on a roll here… TRACK 3 OF THE DIE HARD CD SOUNDTRACK! (Or anything August Burns Red has done along with a soft spot for the Trans Siberian Orchestra)

Austin Archer

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

AA: I know that for a lot of people the holidays are special and full of warmth and good memories, but I also know that for many the holidays are a difficult time where tensions were high in their home growing up due to financial strain or familial issues. I think my favorite thing about the holiday season is the attempt to take a period that has the potential to be a dark, cold, lonely time of year and inject it with a little more love, thoughtfulness, and compassion. Also hot cocoa or whatever. 

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have? 

AA: Christmas Eve at my grandma Ellie’s house each year. It was the beginning of the wave of presents I was about to have foisted upon me, and a chance to see my cousins and extended family. I was a very spoiled kid. 


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

AA: The Family Man with Nicholas Cage and Teia Leone. If you’ve never seen it, watch it. Great message, great vibes. 


BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would you be and why? 

AA: I suppose I’d be Santa. It’s kind of like picking a super hero to be. Most people wouldn’t pick Superman because it’s just too obvious or cliché but let’s face it, he’s the best. In the holiday character catalogue you can’t really beat the omnipotent gift giver with all the magic and gizmos who runs the show. 


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song? 

AA: A gorgeous and terribly under appreciated song by Tim Minchin called “White Wine in the Sun”. It’s a holiday song for secular families who don’t identify with any of the religious iconography associated with the season, but who still get meaning from being together. If you haven’t ever heard of this song, go look it up on YouTube and watch the version where he plays it live and cry your eyes out and then thank me in your heart for the recommendation! 

Kalen Chase

Photo courtesy of Kalen Chase

BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

KC: My favorite thing about the holiday season is watching the thin wall of passive aggressive family dynamic shatter under the pressures of enforced togetherness. And the songs are pretty. 

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

KC: The best holiday memory I have is blacking out on boxing day

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

KC: My favorite Christmas movie is Lethal Weapon!

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

KC: If I could be any holiday character, I would be Krampus because he possesses all the magical power of Christmas without the burden of millions of Cheeto-fingered brats sitting on my lap. (Drops mic)

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

KC: My favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night”. All kidding aside, it’s an absolutely beautiful piece of music. This is followed closely by “Red Water (Christmas Mourning)” by the incredible Type O Negative.

Carly Tefft

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?
CT: Cooking/baking with my family; looking forward to trying to make a Yulelog this year! The occasional & ever special white snowy Christmas morning! Giving others something special. Celebrating what this day is all about, the birth of Jesus Christ!


BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?
CT: It’s a toss up between when I found out we were going to Disney World the next day at 7 years old OR….getting my first acoustic guitar at age 13.


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

CT: The Santa Claus original!! Can’t beat the humor & magic, however every Christmas Eve I watch It’s A Wonderful Life as a tradition.

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?
CT: Ohhh..if John McClain counts, could I be the female version of him? Because he’s a badass. Otherwise I’ll go with Zooey Deschanel’s character in Elf, because she’s caught singing in the bathroom, which is a regular occurrence in my life.


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?
CT: “Last Christmas” by WHAM! or Donnie Hathaway’s “This Christmas”!

Beauty Is Betrayal (Bri Cowgill)

Photo courtesy of Beauty Is Betrayal

BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

BRi: Egg Nog 

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

BRi: The belief in Santa. 

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

BRi: Christmas Vacation

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

BRi: Bad Santa he just gets it. 

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

BRi: “Jingle Bell Metal” – Psychostick

Vanessa Silberman

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

VS: I love the lights and decorations as well as the quiet time people usually take to spend with each other or on things they don’t normally do in the year. I think its such a nice thing to step away from work to connect with family, friend or loved ones.

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

VS: Probably when I was younger growing up partly in Hawaii, though it wasn’t cold there I remember my dad going into the woods a couple times & cutting down a small tree & my mom decorating it to help make it more of a holiday or helping by putting lights in my room.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

VS: I have a few…The last couple years I’ve watched It’s A Wonderful Life, and that movie has such a beautiful message. I also love Claymation and there are some films from the 60’s & 70’s ones out there like Jack Frost & Little Drummer Boy. I always loved it’s A Christmas Story too & really enjoy old Mickey Mouse cartoons that has the charters running around through the Christmas Trees. Its just fun!

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

VS: I’d be Santa Claus because Santa’s here to help make people happy & give them gifts of joy!

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

VS: “Silent Night” & probably “Little Drummer Boy”…me & my old band Diamonds Under Fire once covered it and it was super fun. We were inspired by the Joan Jett Version.

VYB

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

Tom: My favorite thing about the Holidays, besides all of the usual obvious stuff like seeing family and gift giving, would definitely be the snow. I’ve lived the Majority of my life in Chicago, so I’ve always associated the Holiday season with snow. Now that I’ve been in Georgia for a few years, it’s only made me more appreciative when the snow finally falls.

Ryan: Time with family and friends for sure! Especially lately in life and being busy with work and other things so it’s nice just to be able to spend quality time and enjoying all the things that come with the holidays.

Noah: My favorite part of the holiday season is the food. Any other time of the year, it feels weird to eat a big turkey or ham, but during the holidays you can loosen your belt a notch or two and really dig into some awesome homemade food with family.

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

Tom: My fondest Holiday memories are of Thanksgiving. It’s the only time of the year when everyone on my moms side of the family is together. There’s always between 15-20 people sitting at a collection of like 4 tables. I often think of it like a scene out of a Hobbit movie where the dwarves are gluttonously stuffing their faces in a room they can all barely fit in.

Ryan: It’s the little moments that I remember the most. Like the time I got my dad a golf club he had been wanting for years. I played a little trick on him like I didn’t get him anything and later on, told him to look behind the couch to grab something that “fell” behind it and he saw the club and his eyes lit up with shock and joy. Never really seen my dad get emotional like that but what can I say, the man loves his golf 😂

Noah: When I was around 15, my grandparents surprised me with an Epiphone Les Paul, and for years I wanted to get an LP and was never able to pull it off. So when they gifted me that, it made me start crying from happiness, which in turn made my grandma cry that she could make me so happy.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Tom: Home Alone, hands down. I would watch it every year at my cousins house and it also hits home a little harder for me since it was filmed in Chicago.

Ryan: A Christmas Story has to be at the top of my list because it’s on tv literally on a loop at my parents house every year. We can all probably quote the entire movie and it never gets old.

Noah: Elf. I could watch that movie every day all year long, and it never loses its touch. I think it’s Will Ferrell’s best movie.

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

Tom: Easily Santa. You get to live in the North Pole where it’s snowy all year round. Also, I’m sure the amount of swagger that Santa has is unmatched.

Ryan: Rudolph for sure! Who wouldn’t want to be leading the pack of reindeer as they fill everyone’s chimneys with everything they asked for? Plus it’d be pretty fucking cool to fly.

Noah: I want to say Santa, but Tom already took that, so I’ll go with end-of-movie Grinch. At the end of the movie, he becomes all about Christmas and enjoys it.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

Tom: It’s not a traditional Christmas song, but “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay is my favorite by far. Highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t heard it before.

Ryan: “Last Christmas”, Both by Wham! And Taylor swift. I love the lyrics and the melody hits just right. I would actually love if as a band we covered this one day and put our own little spin on it.

Noah: “Carol of the Bells” by Manheim Steamroller. That song goes so hard, the drums and guitar are incredible, it’s just an insanely hyped song that I always look forward to hearing when Christmas time comes around.

Griffin Holtby

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

GH: Family get togethers are my favorite part of the holidays.  I have two brothers and we are all pretty busy.   We don’t have family in Texas because both of my parents are from the East Coast, so we have family friends at our house at our long dinner table.  Our little parties and the dinners are the best part.


BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?
GH: A brilliant memory was when I was in first grade and I got a drum kit AND a guitar for Christmas.  They were from Toys R’ Us but I was on top of the world.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
GH: My favorite Christmas movie is the Futurama Christmas Special.  Love horror movies.

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?
GH: If I could be any holiday character I’d be the young drummer guy from Love Actually.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

GH: My favorite Christmas song is “Christmas Time Pretty Baby.”  by Elvis

Welsh Avenue (Mark DeLillo)

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

MD: The general change in pace from everyday life is a great part of the holiday season, as well as the chance to see loved ones you haven’t spent time with in awhile. The damper on travel during this year will unfortunately affect the latter, so be sure to take time to call those people. 


BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

MD: Some of the best holiday memories I have are going out to the East Texas pines with my Dad and brother to hunt. you really get and overwhelming sense of peace as the forest engulfs you.


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

MD: Home Alone is probably my favorite Christmas movie. It is  all around entertaining and Macaulay Culkin really makes you feel young at heart. 


BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why? 

MD: This probably goes with my previous answer, but my favorite would be Kevin from Home Alone. Just to feel that youthful independence and the lone guard of the house, all while experiencing the looming loneliness of being away from family. It shows the importance of courageousness while at the same time the knowledge that we can’t go through life alone. 


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

MD: That’s a tough call between “Carol of the Bells” and “O Holy Night”. They are both very dramatic in their musicality, and simply draw the most emotion out of me.

Feudale (Bryan Feudale)

Photo courtesy of Feudale

BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season? 

BF: The holiday season just feels different. Everyone is nicer, you have the beautiful lights all around. I would say most of all spending that much needed time with our loved ones is definitely our favorite thing.

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have? 

BF: We definitely have a huge family I am the youngest of 5. My favorite memory is how on Christmas morning none of us were allowed to go downstairs until we all got up brushed our teeth and were ready to start the day.  As a kid it was maddening but looking back those were great times, the line for the bathroom looked like a packed club it was hilarious. 


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie? 

BF: Wow, way too many! Rudolph, The Grinch, a family favorite for sure is The Christmas Toy.

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why? 

BF: Bad Santa! Haha it is a tradition of mine to watch it on Christmas eve. And why? Because he is hilarious!

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song? 

BF: Nat King Cole “The Christmas Song”. To me that is the perfect Christmas song!

Floyd

Photo courtesy of Floyd

BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?
Floyd: Pumpkin spice lattes, eggnog, lights, parties, and that everyone seems to be in a good mood for no apparent reason!

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?  

Floyd: When I was 10, my family had just finished opening gifts when my dad said, “I think there might be something else in the tree” – I looked up and there was a small envelope with my name on it.  When I opened it, it was a note that said I had a brand new violin to pick up at the music store.  That was a big deal, because up until then, we had just been renting my violins.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Floyd: Jim Carrey’s The Grinch That Stole Christmas.  I can’t get enough of both (Jim Carrey and that movie).

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

Floyd: I would probably be a head elf.  A chief Elf.  Because…I am organized and like to run a tight ship.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

Floyd: “Carol Of The Bells”, by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych.  It’s so mysterious and dramatic – I always get excited when I hear it.

Matt Boroff

Photo by Martin Biegger

BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

MB: I used to be bothered by what I saw as the unnecessary stress that comes with the holiday season, especially all that last-minute shopping. But that was before I realized that stress and last-minute shopping are exactly what Christ would’ve wanted people to be thinking about on his birthday. So now they’re my favorite things. 

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

MB: It would have to be Christmas eve 1988 when my Uncle Ralph fell asleep on the sofa with a lit cigarette and woke up with his legs on fire. As we frantically rolled him back and forth over the carpet, he broke out into a spontaneous falsetto version of “Getting to Know You.” It still warms my heart to this day whenever I think about it.  

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

MB: Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

MB: I’d be Jingle Dell from David Lynch’s Wild at Heart because, like Dell, I’ve also had the feeling that I was being followed by men wearing black rubber gloves.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

MB: Iggy Pop’s rendition of ‘White Christmas.’

De3ra

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?
De3ra:
It has become a DE3RA tradition to get together at least a couple of times in December
solely to drink copious amounts of eggnog and sing sea shanties by a roaring fire. We find this
quite enjoyable.

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?
De3ra: This is tough because we all have specific anecdotes that could turn into multiple
pages. A common theme among every story, however, is sharing food and drink with friends
and family. This is a generic answer, sure, but each of us had a story that focused on this
central idea.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
De3ra: Gremlins (we don’t care what anybody says, it is a Christmas movie)

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?
De3ra: Krampus because it seems like he gets to have more fun than Santa.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?
De3ra: “Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer”

Byland

Photo by Katie Lively Photo

BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

Byland: My favorite thing is my Auntie Georgia’s Christmas Biscochitos that she makes every year. She taught me to make them when I was younger and they are literally 90% lard and sugar. VERY delicious – good thing we only eat them on Christmas, because I would never be able to move if we had them all year. Also – I’ll miss enjoying them with my cousins and extended family this year, but I guess I’m gonna have to make my own. Haha

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

Byland: Any Christmas when my dad was alive and with us. A week before Christmas, he would give each of my siblings a hundred dollars to spend, but we weren’t allowed to spend it on ourselves. On Christmas morning we would give each other gifts and whoever spent the hundred bucks the best won. 

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Byland: THE FAMILY MAN. Watch it every year. I’m a big fan of Nicolas Cage FOREVER. 

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

Byland: Tea Leoni in The Family Man, because she gets to kiss Nicolas Cage…

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

Byland: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”….my husband and I have family in both Seattle and Albuquerque and every year it’s nice to think about going to one of our homes for Christmas…

Valerie Orth

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

VO: I get to finally see my entire family around the holidays. Like so many others, we’re usually spread out across the country. This season is different, of course: I’ve actually been isolating with my family since mid-March! 

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

VO: When I was a little kid, on so many Christmas Eves I would try to stay up all night so I could hear Santa’s bells, and imagine him flying over the rooftops with a bunch of reindeer. And also singing and performing pantomime shows with my Grandpop, Guido. 

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

VO: A Christmas Story. Hands down. I must have seen that movie 20 times. I’ve got most of the script memorized.

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

VO: Snoopy. Does he count as a holiday character? Growing up, Snoopy was my favorite stuffed animal. Dragged that guy around everywhere with me. And now I live with my mom’s dogs, one who looks just like Snoopy! He (Ernesto) has been a lifeline in this lockdown.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

VO: In my Italian-run household, I grew up with Frank Sinatra on the record player non-stop. Everything he sings is gold (if you don’t think so, you’re pretty much excommunicated from the family). Any Christmas song sung by Frank is therefore my favorite.

A Primitive Evolution (Brett Carruthers)

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

BC: Sales on guitar pedals! hahahaha. Every year I make my family record Christmas songs with me. It’s a good time. We’ve done 6 years now! It gets better each year so that’s been really great.

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?

BC: When I was a young boy, I was hoping for a Sega Genesis, but my parents tricked me into thinking that we just didn’t have enough money this year for that. I was super surprised when on Xmas day I opened up a Genesis! It was probably the first time I had someone hype and trick me into a gift like that. It has always stuck around in my head. It’s a classic consumerism Christmas dream right there. haha.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

BC: Gremlins

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

BC: Jack Skellington, he’s torn between holidays. Needs something new, he’s bored of his empire of ghouls and ghosts and longs for something more exciting only to realize that his crazy world is just as beautiful a gift.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?

BC: I don’t have a favorite Christmas song, I like a bunch of them!  As long as it’s not Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.” I F$#&cking can’t stand that song. HAHAHAHA. HO HO HO!

Selfdrou9ht

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BBE: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?
Selfdou9ht: Typically it would be seeing all of my friends and family that I don’t get to see regularly, but sans that due to covid I would have to say just the general feeling of Humanity. It feels like around this time each year we are all a little more in touch with our spirits and selves, with the year coming to an end allowing us a moment to process our experiences and feelings and reflect on how far we’ve come or fallen- I find the winter on the East Coast has an inherent meditative quality to it that I love deeply.

BBE: What is the best holiday memory you have?
Selfdrou9ht: The first Christmas I could actually afford to buy quality gifts for my friends and family. I always chalked up the idea of “the joy of giving” to being consumerist nonsense but that year, being able to give back to the people I love who helped me get to the point I was finally at in life with a tangible token of my appreciation, I learned that the conditioning isn’t the real force behind the season, it’s the love and exchanging of good will.

BBE: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Selfdrou9ht: If we can qualify Die Hard as one then Die Hard, but if not then I’d have to say Christmas Vacation without a doubt!

BBE: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?
Selfdrou9ht:
Probably the Grinch? I love a good redemption arc, and my life goal is to carve the Roast Beast at least once. Or Buddy the Elf so I can experience New York City for the first time again, ignorant to how I’d grow to hate being there hahaha


BBE: What is your favorite Christmas song?
Selfdrou9ht:
I really REALLY despise Holiday music, honestly.  I feel like that’s the crux where consumerism and commercialization of art meet in an estuary of vapidity, but on the occasions where I step down from my dweeby snobby high horse, I adore Last Christmas by Wham! 

We have went through the data and have found the Top 5 All Time Christmas songs according to all of the bands we have had these roundtable discussions with! Take a look!

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