“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless, unrestrained, and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” Harlan Miller
'Tis the season to double book your calendar. Three events in one night? No problem.

"We really need to make a date before the holidays!" we say. And squeeze in another drink, or lunch, or tree-trimming or cookie decorating party. "I can only drop by for an hour – I hope that's OK!"

And let's not forget the Rockefeller tree. And the window displays. And the ice skating. Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Have you even started?

Damn! The holidays are exhausting, right? All that excess. All those people. Everywhere. Getting in your way and buying that last pair of size 6.5 black Comme de Garcons Converse high-tops your daughter-in-law had her eye on. Jeez! Give me a freaking break!

So this Friday's love letter comes with a reminder that it's OK to not kill yourself this week. Seriously, what's the worst that would happen if you saw some friends in January instead of squeezing them all into the last two weeks of December? What would happen if you didn't buy gifts this year, but gave surprise, meaningful, in-the-moment presents throughout 2020 instead? What if you gifted people with your true, undistracted, authentic self? What would that even look like?
Behold! A man so strong he juggles trees! An acrobat so light she floats on air! With a blur of sequined stilts, feathered frocks, and flashing circus stripes, Las Vegas’ Cirque Mechanics comes to the New York Stage with its show 42FT. And I have family tickets to give away. Just email before noon on Monday and I’ll choose the winners at random, while juggling kittens.

See Isaac Mizrahi narrate Peter and the Wolf

It’s only half an hour, but it’s a sweet, magical, family-friendly delight. If you can’t go tonight, there are performances all weekend. Find out more.

Immerse yourself in James Casabere’s art
On The Water’s Edge, the artist’s eighth solo exhibition at Sean Kelly, explores form at the intersection of architecture, sculpture, and photography. Find out more.

Celebrate the magic of morning that follows the night
The gorgeous Empire City Men’s Chorus brings its annual holiday concert to Chelsea and, on Sunday, Brooklyn, with choral pieces by diverse composers such as Handel, Byron Adams, Cyndi Lauper, and Jason Robert Brown. Find out more.

Enjoy art, dancing, and wine!
Artists Dan Romer and Dane LaChiusa show their work at The Artist Coop, 6.30pm-9.30pm, with DJ Paddy Boom (formerly of the Scissor Sisters) and burlesque from Olive TuPartie. Find out more.

Fill out our survey
If you haven’t done it already, spend five minutes this weekend to fill out our reader survey (there’s a big banner link at As a thank you, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of the following:

*An exclusive hard hat tour behind the scenes at Intrepid for two people.
*An eight pack of classes at Mark Fisher Fitness.
*A wine preference profile evening at Kilo with sommelier LJ Hollins.
*A three-show subscription package for two at MCC Theatre.
*One sustainable Keap candle.
*Tickets to see any New Victory season 2019/20 show for four people.
*Tickets to the premier of Redwood at Ensemble Studio Theatre for two people.
*A five-day juice pass from Fresh From Hell.
*A festive magnum of wine from Veritas Studio Wines.
*A three-month membership of Mercedes Club (new members only)

Avoid Santa Con
Consider this a warning. The annual piss-up happens this weekend. Stay away from Midtown bars, and anyone wearing red and white.

Make a selfie cookie
… and then eat it! There’s card making workshops and more at Hudson Yards this weekend. Find out more.

Celebrate the paw-lidays
Apologies for the appawlling pun. But it’s Pet Con this weekend, an opportunity to meet famous dogs of Instagram in the fur. Find out more.

Don’t be lonely this Christmas
Isaac Oliver comes to Ars Nova for one night only. We’re promised special guests, seasonal eczema, and holly-jolly-melancholy. Find out more.

Brave the cold
And get in a morning workout in Central Park to help counteract all those bad decisions you’ll be making over the next couple of weeks. Just me? It’s free! Find out more.

Subscribe to W42ST
Holla! Did you know you can get every W42ST delivered to your door? You’ll never have to search your local coffee shop for the latest issue again. Just go to to subscribe, then take it easy for the rest of the year. (Oh, and it also makes a great gift for any New York-loving friends.)

Count seven swans a-swimming
The annual Central Park bird count is upon us. It’s free to take part. Find out more.

Sing fa-la-la-la-la
Monday marks the first day of daily carol singing in Herald. Find out more.

Marvel at Monty

The jazz great Monty Alexander begins a five-night residency at Birdland. Find out more.

Shop til you drop
Domus, on W44th St - 9th/10th Ave, will be open until midnight for holiday shopping, and a special reception with the artist of their current exhibition, Pulitzer Prize-winning Librado (Lee) Romero, former chief photographer of the New York Times, and now an accomplished painter.

LOL at an NPR Holiday Extravaganza

The Upright Citizens Brigade welcomes NPR darlings and America’s Jewish sweethearts Terry Gross and Ira Glass in a one-night only, live holiday show. Help them discover the true meaning of Christmas. Find out more.

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