No, not Christmas. Cricket. I get the impression a lot of Americans don't quit "get" cricket. Think it's actually a sport where you sit, beer in hand, and watch every second of.
It's not. That's what football is for.
No, cricket is a grand form of social adhesive, confined to the warmer, lighter, summer months. It's something that draws groups of men together - in tonight's instance, to my house - after which beers are distributed, meat is cooked, and the cricket is put on the TV.
It's rarely watched. It's just...on, in the background. It becomes an occasional topic of conversation. When something important happens - say, a wicket - men drift towards the action again, watch replays, share a chuckle/insight, then return again to the previous topic of conversation. Wife, kids, video games, whatever.
It's fascinating. Somebody should write a book about it one day...
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