I love this season. It's all about glitter and giving. The food is starchy, the booze is flowing, the cashmere is the creamiest, the cozy is coziest. It is also potentially so depressing that you could hurl yourself in front of a subway at any moment, but I digress.
The best thing about Christmas is the endless flow of parties, unless there are no (or not enough) parties on your calendar which could make you depressed and lonely and headed straight down to that subway. I love a full-throttle Christmas party done all-out and right, and that was Bryant Gumbel's annual Christmas Shindig on Friday night. I took Liza, who has not only met every celebrity under the sun, she's dined with them and produced them for appearances on "Rosie." But that lady will still gasp with shock and awe when walking into a room featuring Al Roker, Matt Lauer, and Jane Pauley. And that's one of the reasons I brought her; she keeps everything fresh, that Liza! (I was not too jaded to intrigue at Gayle King and Howard Stern jabbering like bff's.)
There were icicles on the insides of the windows, various forms of tartar, and plenty of gingerbread. And there was Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, with whom Liza and I promptly fell in love, which is most likely something that Jackie Stallone could've predicted, even in her recent state. The food was as bite-sized and nibbly as the Consuelos' themselves, and I indulged.
It's ok to eat as much bite-sized food as you want at Christmas, see, because it is SMALL. So the calories rarely even register because they are so hard to detect, even if you eat a ton of it. I further tested the small food theory at a Sunday afternoon tree-trimming at producer Dan Taberski's. In what other season are there daytime party options with glazed hams and freshly baked frosted cookies? I ate half-cookies all day and lots of meats on teeny crackers.
Holiday nibbles are further acceptable due to endless holiday trekking. I try to keep my shopping online and local, which is why I was thrilled to combine both when I heard from Amy Sedaris that she was having an apartment sale over the weekend. I took that as an opportunity to run to the Biography Bookstore and buy up a bunch of copies of her book, I LIKE YOU: HOSPITALITY UNDER THE INFLUENCE, which I marched to her house and she promptly signed and personally gift wrapped. This book is a great gift and for anyone who lives in NYC and wants one signed, Amy just yesterday signed a ton of them at Barnes and Noble on 6th Ave in the Village. She had a ton of items -- each for five dollars -- and many of which you can learn to make in her book. I bought some of those "eye burritos" she made on Conan (the video is up on YouTube) and several other random curios.