Forget politics, let’s talk culture today. (And lend Teri a little moral support!) Topics include the latest in Antifa fashion, a nudist-accepting restaurant, and the stressful side effects of Christmas music. Today’s interview is with author Lisa De Pasquale, whose new book, The Social Justice Warrior Handbook, makes for the perfect present for the radical in your life.

Question of the day: When is the appropriate time to start playing Christmas music?

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  1. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    I grew up in New York City. The Christmas music and decorations usually went up starting after Thanksgiving. Having grown up in that environment, I tend to think that is the appropriate time.

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    • November 9, 2017, at 3:00 PM PST
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  2. terichristoph Podcaster

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    I grew up in New York City. The Christmas music and decorations usually went up starting after Thanksgiving. Having grown up in that environment, I tend to think that is the appropriate time.

    I’ve always wanted to visit NYC during Christmas. And a bucket list item is to see the Thanksgiving Day parade (preferably from the comfort of a well-placed hotel room).

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    • November 9, 2017, at 3:46 PM PST
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  3. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    It has been many years since I have been back there, but to me Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center with the tree and the white angels leading from the rink to Fifth Avenue will always exemplify Christmas. I particularly loved Saks Fifth Avenue and FAO Schwartz as a kid. The parades never had much appeal to me, not sure why.

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    • November 10, 2017, at 7:23 AM PST
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  4. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    I like Christmas in July. It’s good music and it breaks up the Summer.

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    • November 12, 2017, at 9:49 AM PST
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  5. Mate De Inactive

    terichristoph (View Comment):

    I’ve always wanted to visit NYC during Christmas. And a bucket list item is to see the Thanksgiving Day parade (preferably from the comfort of a well-placed hotel room).

    I would advise you no NOT come to NYC at Christmas time, but I’m a jaded New Yorker who hates crowds. But Christmas in NYC isn’t what is used to be. It used to be much more festive and Christmas-y, now it’s a bit generic. Also it’s all Holiday this and Holiday that, it’s the “holiday that shall not be named”. Dear Lord It’s freakin CHRISTMAS, for God’s sake. The left ruins everything including Christmas in NYC.

    We made an agreement in my house because my husband wants to play Christmas music once Halloween is over. That we will start playing Christmas music on the car ride to my Brother in laws house on Thanksgiving and NOT BEFORE.

    Anyway, I love the new Podcast and love the SGP podcast as well. Also I love the Gen X stuff. I would love a 90’s nostalgia episode. I’m what they call a Xennial, born in the late 70’s but I identify more with X’ers.

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    • November 13, 2017, at 9:53 AM PST
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  6. Robert Dammers Thatcher
    Robert DammersJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The Rector of the parish where I grew up strongly held to the position that carols should not be sung before sunset on Christmas Eve – the proper beginning of the Christmas festival. Our decorations at home don’t go up until the 3rd Sunday in Advent.

    This year, Thanksgiving will be before Advent Sunday (3rd December), so that’s awful. The only Christmas preparation should be making the pudding, done on the Sunday next before Advent the (26th November this year). The beginning of the Collect for the Day in the BCP (“Stir up, O Lord …”), and the association with pudding-making gives the Sunday next before Advent the name “Stir-up Sunday”.

    Bah, humbug.

    (But Christmas music and decorations stay until the Epiphany, none of this down on Boxing Day nonsense)

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    • November 15, 2017, at 9:43 AM PST
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