And then I met the ladyfriend. We started dating in spring, and by the time Thanksgiving rolled around I was sunk, full on in love, too late to check out when she started playing Christmas music in November and let me know that she wouldn’t tolerate listening to anything else until the new year. This was nowhere on her OkCupid profile, and I was stuck. At first I assumed she was kidding, and then I tried the old “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” strategy, picking up a wide array of classic Christmas on vinyl from Normal’s up in Waverly. Could Gladys Knight and the Pips make me love Christmas? Nope, but it was worth a try. And here we are, a second Christmas together, and here I am, begrudgingly making a list of the Top 10 Spirit of the Season Holiday field trips, in no particular order. Maybe “joining ’em” is a long game.