Holiday rewind

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

Funny, how we spend all our childhoods waiting to grow up, only to find out that life never really gets more magical than the moments when you actually believed an obese man broke into your house one night a year to give you presents, or that your extended family really enjoys spending time together.

Anyway. Now that you’re grown, why not take the holidays to at least try and recapture as much of that sense of childhood wonder and happiness as you can? Behold the following activities specifically designed to take you back to that place when you weren’t stressed about filing all your expense reports before December 31:

Kick it off with a cocktail, natch, but also some crafts at the popular annual Holiday Crafts & Cocktails event at the Crocker Art Museum (216 O Street) on Thursday, December 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can make a last-minute gift or decorations or just immerse yourself in the experience of using a hot-glue gun while drinking. Registration is $18-$25 and can be found at

Keep your buzz going while moving on to some comics with Graphics and Growlers at the New Helvetia Brewing Co. (1730 Broadway) on Saturday, December 17, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees will join B-Squad creator Eben Burgoon in discussion of the comics while sippin’ on some brewskis. Admission to the event is free; visit for more details.

On Tuesday, December 20, at 6 p.m., Crayola the eff out of holiday tensions at Stress Buster Coloring for Adults at the Valley Hi-North Laguna Library (7400 Imagination Parkway). Admission is free and materials will be provided for what is being described as “challenging coloring pages.” They’re serious about the adults-only bit; you must be over 18, but you can bring the young’uns to a screening of the all-ages classic The Muppet Christmas Carol at the Crest Theatre (1013 K Street) on the same evening at 7 p.m. Fozzie, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Kermit and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge will all be up on the big screen. Tickets are $8-$10; visit for more information.