- They all but worship the Home Alone movies.
- They all wring their hands about spending Christmas "solo," or without a paramour. As noted before, Christmas is much more of a couples' day than a family day here, and the kids feel the pain of singledom. I have to hold back my laughter when I hear 13 year old boys talk about not having girlfriends because they feel like they're failures. The poor kids...I didn't have a girlfriend at 13 either, but that's neither here nor there. The kids will get their paramours eventually.