My husband and I are not traveling east to see family until NYE and my 5 year old is with his dad for the holiday this year. Any ideas for Xmas eve and day activities to keep our spirits up? Where do all the orphans go? Is there an amazing midnight mass we could enjoy or a bar with a good vibe? Or both? We like to be out and about, and I'm trying to avoid hibernating! All of our friends have family obligations.
More proof Ned doesn't actually read anything before posting...
As far as specific advice wish I had something good but my xmas's generally involve 4 family events in 24 hours. I understand movie theaters are generally open for Xmas. You may find a few bars opening late on Xmas day. I know the Vintage was open one year late on Xgiving night. Maybe the Jade Monkey.
Heh. Devildogs are also a delicious baked treat... for the record.
I like the idea of the Monkey as that's one of our go-to drink places - I shall investigate as to whether or not they are actually open.
A movie would work but also seems kind of lonely. I was sort of hoping someone would post "Oh, you haven't heard? All the fun Madison Xmas orphans gather for sledding, followed by cocktails and food at <insert awesome place here>". I suspect that was wishful thinking. Sigh.
Told a friend I was thinking of going this year for old times' sake, and she asked if she asked if I'd take her so she could experience a full dose of Catholic ritual. I wonder how it'll measure up to her expectations and my memories. I'm about as ex as a Catholic can be, but my heart swells with papish pride when I look back on all the gorgeous midnight masses I attended over the decades.
Pretty sure St Patrick's has the only midnight mass on the isthmus, so I may do recon this Sunday to find out how early we'll have to show up.