It's official, you guys: Christmas is coming. And even though it's only mid-November, we've all been rewarded with a super-early Christmas treat in the form of the announcement that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting the Dec. 19 episode of Saturday Night Live (squeal!). It's irrefutable that Poehler and Fey are two of the best comedians to have ever come out of SNL, and they're also easily two of the greatest all-around hosts in America. How could any of us forget their ferociously incredible turns as the hosts of the Golden Globe Awards? Their incredible dynamic as besties has a lot to do with this.
The core of Poehler and Fey's partnership can be broken down to represent the absolute essentials of what I think many of us will agree is the true spirit of Christmas. From food to friendship, booze, binge-watching, and being forthright with whatever wish your heart desires, Poehler and Fey will make for the perfect Christmas warm-up act. So let's take this opportunity to get ourselves excited for their welcome return whilst evaluating all those essential Christmas moments via the dynamic twosome themselves.
1. The Christmas Food Free-For-All
Let's just be honest about one thing here: The heart and soul of every Christmas celebration can be traced directly back to the stomach. There's no greater way to celebrate than by eating whatever you want as heartily as possible. Which is something that Poehler and Fey were extremely liberal in celebrating in their TV Shows (Parks And Recreation and 30 Rock, respectively).
2. The Perfect Time To Bring Out Your Best Dance Moves
Be honest with yourself: In all likelihood, you're going to be headed to at least one Christmas party this year. And whether you're totally shy or totally out there, you're probably going to be dancing. It's Christmas! You can't help yourself! It's also the least judgmental time of the year, and you know what that means: Grab a buddy, hit the dance floor, and bring out all of those big moves that you've been hiding away for most of the year. Make like Fey and Poehler and jam it out.
3. The Most Wonderful Binge-Watching Time Of The Year
Whether you're tapping up all of the "Best Of" back catalogue of SNL, gorging on the greatest festive films in one day, or simply snuggling up to some Netflix specials, Christmas is the best time to kick back, turn on, and switch off. Like, seriously, all you have to do is wake up, gather as much leftover food and gifted candy as possible, and make yourself super comfortable, and then you barely have to move for the rest of the day. If that's not perfection, I don't know what is.
4. Drink Yourself Festive
Christmas is perhaps one of the few times of the year when it's considered perfectly normal to enjoy a cheeky dram of whatever alcoholic beverage makes you feel festive before it's even midday. It's also one of the few times of the year that your family may actually completely support or even encourage such behavior! Go with the flow, kids. If Fey and Poehler never let the responsibilities of an award show stop them from tipping into tipsy, then you shouldn't let the responsibilities of a Christmas dinner interfere with your drink count either. Bottoms up!
5. Survive Social Minefields
OK, so Christmas is awesome, but not everyone has perfect Christmas dinners with their families or enjoys terrific parties with their co-workers. In fact, Christmas can force you to interact with people whom you might not get along so well with. But take heart from Poehler and Fey, who survived the social minefields of many hosting gigs and came out with their heads held high. If there's one time of year you can survive such unpleasantness, it's Christmas. Which brings me to my next point ...
6. Forgive, Forget, And Start Again
Maybe you've had a tough year. Maybe you've fallen out with family members, gone through a painful breakup, or had a fight with your bestie that you don't know how to come back from. Take Christmas as the opportunity to build some bridges, mend some squabbles, and move on. If Fey can forgive for such an ungodly atrocity as a purse fart, then you can surely get past whatever awfulness is holding back your relationship and enjoy the festive season with someone whom you actually care enough about to win back.
7. Bring Back The Old Squad
There's nothing better at Christmas than being able to reunite with old pals. Whether you're heading back home or are looking forward to old friends returning to your home town, it's time to reassemble all of your besties for a long-overdue catch-up. Watch in amazement as everyone instantly turns back into their old teenage selves the second that you're all back together. Astonishing.
8. Get Ready For The Obligatory Christmas Family Portrait
Ever year I have the same pose: awkward, red-cheeked, slightly tipsy, and full of food. This year will be no different.
9. Be Clear With Your Christmas Wishes
If you don't make a list, then how can anyone know what you want? There's nothing wrong with pointing out precisely what it is that you want. (Although I have some bad news: I'm not sure that any of us can simply point at Benedict Cumberbatch and find him gift-wrapped beneath the tree on Christmas morning. It doesn't matter how good you've been all year.) And remember: You're never too old to wish upon a star.
10. Party On!
I'm just going to leave this here (#XmasPartyGoals).
11. But Most Importantly, Don't Forget To Show Some Love
It's what Christmas is all about. Fey knows it, Poehler knows it, and you know it. Whether you're choosing to spend this Christmas with family, friends, or your partner, or you're simply having a quiet one on your own (or with your army of cats), this is the perfect time to be generous with your affections.
Basically, I can't wait for Christmas (can you tell?). And with Fey and Poehler leading our merry march into festivities on Dec. 19 with their SNL hosting gig, Christmas cannot come quickly enough this year.
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