For me Christmas means taking time to visit family and friends and…you know, strolling around Manhattan and Crown Heights in nippy weather and the fun of wearing scarves and gloves and overcoats and sipping hot chocolate in cafes while snow flurries fall. It means not buying a tree or decorating it or any of that jazz, but definitely watching my Bluray of the 1951 Alistair Sim version of A Christmas Carol and attending a New York Oratorio performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Carnegie Hall. And roaming around lower Broadway (West 4th to Canal) and poking around stores and whatnot. And that’s about it. A nice two-week detour (starting with my flight to NYC on 12.17) before it all starts again with the Golden Globes on 1.10.16, and followed by the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (1.21 through 1.31).