This is about the time of year I usually return to Chicago, but this year it's not working out. Just like Thanksgiving, I'll miss about a million little traditions, but the one I'll miss the most is the annual trip to the Art Institute to see what's up, with my family and the Vaughans & Terminis, who are two families I have known since birth. The Art Institute is like another family member; I took art classes there as a kid, went at least once a week when I was in High School (it was on the way home) ... it's where I learned about anatomy, ahem.
But if I can't go with my usual companions, maybe John Hughes and Ferris Bueller will do:
I've watched this like a million times (it reminds me so much of my own time at the Art Institute). But it was only this last time that I realized it's set to a weird arrangements of one of my favorite songs, Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want, by The Smiths:
I always thought it would make a good Christmas song; what do you think? Sung by a chorus of beseeching children?