For many, Christmas Day is all about the big man upstair's son—or, more to the point, it's all about this nightmare—but for a chosen few, it's just another day off from work. If you're not taking part in the time-honored tradition of gaudy holiday hysteria and early AM gifting under the tree, here are a few choice ways to spend that day in San Francisco.
If you don't have a Mexican grandmother/mother of your own, here's where to get the best tamales in the Bay Area to unwrap on Christmas Eve.
Now that Thanksgiving is done, it's time to saturate yourself with copious amounts of unbridled holiday cheer. String up your strands of twinkly white lights. Get your pocketbook ready for Small Business Saturday. And bombarded your eardrums with glorious Christmas music. To help, we've complied and ranked the top 10 modern holiday songs.
The holidays are coming fast and furious. While some stores have been decorated for months, last weekend was the official, albeit wet, kickoff for homes and neighborhoods around the Bay Area to flip the switch on their holiday spirit. I went hunting during my weekend trip to in the South Bay and found some standouts.
Spending half your rent on a pair of shoes? I know, I know -- fuggeddaboutit! But really, if there's one thing to splurge on this winter, it's a pair of delicious designer booties. Dress them up or down, and wear them all year round. We found 12 envy-ensuing booties to add to your wish list, or better yet -- go ahead and gift yourself!
On November 20th, in partnership with the San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program, Broadway Showgirls helped launch a month-long charitable event running from Thanksgiving through Christmas that gathered toys and money for families in need. Patrons earned entry by donating an unwrapped new toy instead of paying a cover charge. Over 11 clubs throughout San Francisco participated in the program by offering nightly benefit dances at prime business hours as well as providing toy donation receptacles for patrons and employees. The month-long promotion concluded with a check and toy presentation on Tuesday December 21st at San Francisco Fire Station #1, just in time for Christmas!
Tamales, love to eat them, pain in the arse to make them.
My favorite place in town to get a tamale remains the unlikely little Sutter Cafe (330 Sutter St.) in the Sutter Stockton garage across from the elevators. Nice and small, stuffed with chicken, green olives and chilies, they're made there by a Chinese woman who lived in Mexico.
But if you're looking to buy more than one or two, Mijita—at both locations—is taking orders now for their homemade tamales. I've never had them but by the looks of this photo above, they look mighty fine.
San Francisco has a Christmas tradition that you may not know about, but if you love The Golden Girls, drag shows, or both, you've been missing out. What apparently started as a parlor performance has earned itself a legitimate performance space at the Mission's CounterPULSE. Of note, the lovely Pollo del Mar fills Betty White's shoes as Rose Nylund, as the 4-person drag queen cast takes on two Christmas episodes of the 80s sitcom—dare I call it a cult classic—at each performance: “Twas The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Marinara.” The show runs Thursday through Saturday, tomorrow through December 23rd. Tickets are $25 a piece, available through Ticketfly.
Okay, there might not be a lot of snow right now in the Bay Area (Seattle is another story), but post-Thanksgiving marks the time to bundle up, grab some bungee cords and head out to find your perfect Christmas tree. Here are some places to chop a dandy.
WallinFarm 840 Ferguson Road, Sebastopol, (707) 823-6973
Opening on Black Friday, avoid the city chaos and head to this cozy, 6-acre mom-and-pop farm in rural Sebastopol. It's a peaceful setting, perfect for spotting a picturesque Douglas fir for your living room. And you won't have to sacrifice a few Christmas presents to be able to afford one of their trees. For a tree about 9 feet tall, you won't have to pay more than $70. Their last day of chopping is on the 22nd of December.