You're reading this because:
1. Someone has a boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife you knew nothing about until today and they are showing up at the holiday celebration in 4 hours.
2. Your boss got you a gift. You did not get your boss a gift.
3. Your boyfriend got you a gift. You did not get your boyfriend a gift.
4. What's the big deal, you ask? You always shop on Christmas Eve!
5. It's 80 degrees in the metroplex. WTH? Christmas shopping??
6. You got paid today.
7. You're an adrenaline junkie. You thrive on this last minute stuff, you nut.
8. You bought every gift for everyone plus a few for unexpected surprises and you completed that task in July. You came here to make fun of the rest of us.
I'm not judging. Okay, number 8, I'm sorta judging you but otherwise, I'm with you people! I've been every one of those! And for the last 18 years, give or take a holiday or 2, I've been rescued, with the added benefit of liquor and live music, by the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.
The Bazaar, now in its 40th year, holds a special place in my heart. Upon my first Christmas in Austin, when I was a little homesick for the place and people I'd left behind, a new friend introduced me to the wonder of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, then held at the Austin Music Hall where I would also see Pantera (because I would do ANYTHING to get out of the house), Ratdog, Lenny Kravitz, and more just that year. But I digress.
The Bazaar! For only a few bucks and a little patience with a crowd, you could listen to LIVE MUSIC, SHOP, SNACK and IMBIBE, all in one safe, festive place. It was a darn Christmas miracle, I tell you! The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar was a bright spot in my first Christmas in Austin, and it saved my holiday spirit, the same as it's gone and done this year. Thank you, Armadillo.
Uncle Lucius. They were fantastic-- set the perfect mood for a truly Austin-like Christmas. With elements of rock, folk, blues, and country, and 4 massively talented members, Uncle Lucius' strongest suit is writing lyrics that touch the common experience of all. Another example of sitting in an intimate set in Austin, listening to musicians you know might have/will be playing to crowds 50 times that size. They just wrapped up a residency at the Continental Club, and I highly recommend searching them out for a live show. Today you'll hear local favorites Albert and Gage at 11, (Ernie)Durawa at 3, and Bill Kirchen at 7pm. Not too shabby, huh?
Merry Christmas, y'all.