Liz Galvao‘s I’m Down for the Holidays advent calendar continues its reign of mordant holiday terror-wit with Part II of a Frenemy Gift Guide. Last year’s suggestions included professional-strength Whitestrips and Chicken Soup for the Grandmother’s Soul (“Oh my gosh, I didn’t realize it’s for grandmothers! I just glanced at the cover and it seemed perfect for you”); this year’s includes a ferret sweatshirt (“I thought you had a ferret or one of those weird pets?”), a nice copy of Slow Cooking Just For Yourself, the pictured Skinnygirl gift box, and the 10th anniversary edition of Give Up (“The key is purchasing this album at Starbucks, from whence all thoughtless gifts come”). A frenemy in need brings shade, indeed.
Speaking of advent calendars, I know that many of us have been/will be getting hours of enjoyment out of Noah Veltman’s advent calendar of Wikipedia lists, which includes “List of monarchs by nickname,” “List of idioms of improbability,” “List of unexplained sounds,” “List of sexually active popes,” etc.