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Sprint to the nearest Starbucks and grab yourself a peppermint mocha because The Holiday Season is here, motherfuckers. The Holiday Season, roughly defined, is that jolly time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (some may say it ends after Christmas—they are wrong) and can be exhibited by the following signs: wearing a scarf, even if it’s not particularly cold; saying that this is finally going to be the year you check out ZooLights at the National Zoo, but once again failing to; and, most importantly, annual viewings of holiday films like A Christmas Story, Die Hard, Gremlins, or Home Alone. Luckily, the Kennedy Center has you covered on that last one: They’ll host two screenings of Chris Columbus’ crafty-kid-takes-on-bumbling-burglars classic in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, with the NSO Pops playing John Williams’ iconic score. It’s the perfect way to kick off your Holiday Season, ya filthy animal. The NSO Pops perform at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $54–$114. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.