Watch this: The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. If you cruise on over to metacritic, you’ll get mixed reviews. But, seriously, this movie is authentic at its core with a story worth telling (that’s actually well-told). If that isn’t enough for you, then let me also say that Connie Britton (Hello, Tammy Taylor!) is in it. Go watch it.
Listen to this: Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel (featuring Leah Segal whose performance is stunning), P.T. Walkley. I heard this version of one of my favorite Christmas songs while watching the above movie (did I mention it’s amazing soundtrack?!). I am now obsessed. I am listening to it right now. And, you should be too.
Read this: Me Before You, Jojo Moyers. I read many many books this year and this was my favorite. I now recommend it to everyone. Don’t read any reviews. Just begin. Jump in blind. You will be put through an emotional ringer, but you will come out better for it.
Make this (or, better yet, have someone make it for you): Kale Salad with pecorino and walnuts. I realize that I’m recommending Kale. Call me pretentious if you will, but this salad is delicious (and even better left over!). Try it.
Locals, go here: GoodWood, DC. This well-curated space on U Street is filled with curiosities big and small (mirrors, furniture items, books, magnifying glasses, clothing items) and will always leave you coming back for more.
And, finally, check this out: TIME’s Best Portraits of 2013. One of the things I love about the end of a year are all the “Best Of” features. TIME’s Best Portraits (along with their Best Photojournalism and Most Surprising Photos) is worth checking out. My favorite Portraits on the list: those of Sally Field, Harry Belafonte and Michael Bloomberg.
There they are – a bunch of recommendations you didn’t ask me for!