There are a few things that signal the beginning of the holiday season: Red cups at Starbucks, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and of course, the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center. And as much fun as it looks to actually be there, surrounded by people who are in all types of the Christmas spirit, I'm pretty happy to be watching from my couch, especially since the 2016 edition included a few of my favorite celebrities. This year, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin lit the Rockefeller Center tree, and it was everything my Saturday Night Live loving heart ever could have hoped for.
Being that McKinnon and Baldwin's takes on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the only thing that kept me laughing through the election, I thought they seemed like the perfect choice for the gig, and they didn't let me down. Right after a performance by the Radio City Rockettes — because duh, you can't have a tree lighting without the Rockettes — the SNL actors appeared for their big moment, compete with Baldwin's adorable daughter. With a few words about how excited they were to be there and the push of a button, the tree was lit, and it was just as gorgeous as it always is.
My one regret? That McKinnon and Baldwin didn't get more screen time, or that they didn't appear in character. But that probably wouldn't have been appropriate for such a time-honored tradition, and it was perfect even without their political alter egos. Even though it was pouring rain, the tree looked just as magical as it always does, even though I don't even want to think about what that electric bill must look like.
You know what this means, right? The holidays are here, so it's officially acceptable to start listening to Christmas music again. And if McKinnon and Baldwin want to give us a Christmas-themed SNL skit, I'll be waiting. I think it's just what America needs right now.