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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the holiday: Do you have rituals or traditions for the day after Christmas, or the week between Christmas and New Year’s?

Happy Boxing Day! If you live somewhere where people actually say that to one another, you might have find yourself under a customary or prescribed pattern of behavior for today: places to go, people to see, pubs to sit in, and so on. In much of Europe and the rest of the civilized world, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is recognized as a sort of time out of time, and so offices are closed and no one expects any real work to get done. In the uncivilized United States, this is not the case, and many people find themselves shuffling off to workplaces where no one is concentrating on anything, anyone lucky enough to have vacation days left is taking them, and no real work gets done anyway.

Wherever you live, the days after Christmas and before New Year’s aren’t like any other time over the course of the rest of the year. How do you take advantage of them?

Do you have rituals or traditions for the day after Christmas, or the week between Christmas and New Year’s?

In the last few years, I’ve spent this time catching up on the final films of the year, racing through screeners or out to the multiplex to see as many extra films as possible, particularly the ones that have started to show up on critics’ awards list, and in especially in the nominations lists of those critics’ groups I’m a member of, and for which I will have to vote, or not, on our final ballots.

You?

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