BlogDH’s Holiday Prep Checklist


Well, Halloween’s over. As we all throw away our skeleton costumes and struggle to work the residual alcohol out of our systems, we have to remember something very important: Holiday season has just started. We have less than two months before winter break starts, and we really can’t afford to let ourselves fall behind on preparations. Why do you think they’ve already started playing Holiday music on the radio and at the mall? If we don’t get started right now, we honestly won’t be ready in time for Christmas/Hanukkah/any other wintertime tradition. That’s why BlogDH has compiled a list of Holiday preparation necessities that you need to get done in the next week. Check these out, or else your winter break will fall apart. Seriously. This is obviously so urgent.


  • Plant the seed that will become your Christmas tree. Christmas presents need a place to call home, so you better find some moist, loamy soil to plant that pine seed in or else those presents are going to be homeless.


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. If we’re making gingerbread cookies, the oven’s going to need about six business weeks to get to the right temperature. Good thing we’re starting so early. In November.

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25 practical Christmas wishes

‘Twas the night before Christmas…and your wishlist sucked. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you this year, we put together a list of the 25 most practical (?) Christmas wishes of all time. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s okay. Only one of us does anyway.

Stuff yo' stocking.

Stuff yo’ stocking.

1. Mandatory study guides for finals

Remember study guides? We don’t. The key to everyone passing high school has been stripped by many of our professors. Please bring them back. Please.

2. An actual idea of what is going on in the world

Yeah, we’re Brown students. We’re socially aware or whatever. We dabble in the New York Times. But life on College Hill can be so consuming that it’s easy to forget that the real world exists. Well, it does. Continue Reading

Snow Jamz: A wintry mix

If finals period isn’t enough of a reminder, winter is here—we’ve traded in the cornucopias, foliage, and the three sisters for inflatable Santas, candy canes, and, well, snow this sleet-y excuse for snow in Providence. Here are some of our squad’s favorite melodious slow snow jamz for any snowyish-day mood:

Jamz for cuddling: These songs will make you want to snuggle up with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate, hide under a blanket, and stare out the window as the snow comes down. Curl up under a with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, snuggle under a blanket, and enjoy watching the snow as it falls down.

  • Winter Song — Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson: The “bum bum bum bum, bum bum bum bum bum”s and the bells in this song will definitely put you in the winter mood.

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Study break of the day: Jacob tells the story of Hanukkah

As the celebration of Hanukkah came to a close last night, Jacob, Seth Meyers’ podiatrist’s son and a recent Bar Mitzvah, came on Weekend Update to share the story of Hanukkah with SNL viewers. His telling of the bravery of the Maccabees and the evil King Antiochus is done in the way any 13-year-old Jewish boy communicates with a large audience when in the spotlight: he reads so slowly that it hurts and clearly annunciates, thanks the individuals involved in helping him reach this pivotal stage in his life, tells his brother that he still loves him (even though they fight), and makes awkward jokes about his parents. Oh, and like every 13-year-old boy in New York, he likes the Yankees (Ed.- I was a Mets fan).

If you’ve ever been to a Bar Mitzvah before, you’ll know that Vanessa Bayer is so spot-on that it literally hurts. If you haven’t, you’ll realize that you really haven’t missed anything by not having attended one. Mazel Tov!

Study break of the day: Jaquann and Luis do Hanukkah

Hannuka-thug Life

Meet Jaquann and Luis, two rough and tough guys your grandmother would really not want you hanging out with. But, believe it or not, they’re Jewish! These are the stars of a new web series called “Bubala Please,” and they’re taking Hanukkah by storm. In the first episode they tackle latkes; in the second episode, there’s a search for a Hanukkah Bush (Jesse Watters would love this). What will they do next?! We don’t know, but we do know that this hilarious duo is totally worth your not getting any work done. Get in the Hanukkah spirit by checking out this not completely self-deprecating* Jewish humor at!

*For completely self-deprecating jewish humor, see the Shit Jewish Mothers Say series on YouTube. Or basically any Woody Allen movie.


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In case you were too busy to notice, tonight’s the first night of Hanukkah

While you were in your carrel in the library for days on end, it may have seemed as if time stood still. But it became the 15th of the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, which means tonight’s the first night of Hanukkah.

Eight nights of latke eating, dreidel spinning, candle lighting (but not in the dorms, obvi), and a capella singing couldn’t be more welcome during reading period and finals. To bring in the holiday, go to Brown RISD Hillel tonight at 5 p.m. for candle lighting. Continue engaging in the festivities by attending Brown RISD Hillel’s Hanukkah County Fair Carnival tomorrow night from 6:15–9:15 p.m. for carnival games, latkes and popcorn, and live entertainment by various dance and a capella groups.

TL;DR: Go to Hillel between 6:15–9:15 p.m. tomorrow for free food. Enjoy it in the true “we fought, we won, let’s eat” fashion typical of many Jewish holidays. Happy Chhhhhhhanukkah!