LILY begins as if she is already in conversation with the audience. She is leaning casually against the NATIVITY SET finishing a sandwich recalling Christmas memories from her childhood.
Oh, I have such fond memories of Christmas growing up. My parents went out of their way to make the holiday special. We made Christmas cookies, and decorated Gingerbread houses and ate those tiny little chocolates for every day of December. There were Christmas plays and concerts and light shows – not just to be busy, you know, but to be together and make memories. Every Christmas Eve there were piles and piles of presents under the tree for each of us, oh we just loved it! I mean not every gift was really expensive or anything, some of them were simple, like a coloring book, or doll clothes, (she laughs) or a pair of those horrible jingle bell earrings. My parents just wanted Christmas to be full and magical for us . . . and it was.
But you grow up, you know, and things change. It’s not as cool to hang out and decorate the tree together anymore, you want to be with your girlfriends and hang out at the mall or something (chuckles). Then you go to college and get all serious and studious and barely have time to notice it’s December before you’re into final exams and winter break. And now? (reflective) Now with a career, living on my own away from home . . . I feel like I’ve lost the connection to what Christmas was in my life . . . what it is . . . what it should be.
LILY pauses, and takes a bite of her sandwich.
I know this is going to sound crazy, but it’s like there’s still this little girl part of me that really wants there to be something more . . . for my grown-up self to believe in at Christmas.