Thursday, December 27th

The tourists are safely tucked away inside Bloomingdales by now, so why not venture timidly to the Met, where they’re still lighting their 20-foot 18th-century Italian Seraphim-adorned Christmas tree (but hey, balls from Duane Reade are nice too!) over and over again all week in an effort to take us back to the days in mid-December when we hadn’t yet wasted half our vacation watching Six Feet Under DVDs! Naturally, this is no ordinary spruce, but one with “diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above.” (Who needs marijuana when we have the Met?) And while you’re up there getting cultured, may as well check out the Rembrandt exhibit, a timely reminder that most people who have ever lived on this earth have had it harder than we do.

[Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., 212-535-7710]