― Boy, Christmas in Los Angeles nearly threw me for a loop. ∙ I didn't know that people outside cold climates celebrated Christmas until I saw Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Kevin McCallister's entire posse had decided to go to Florida and hang bobbles on palm trees. This idea perplexed me as I had assumed that people in Florida and Mexico, the only other hot places on the planet, went elsewhere during December. ∙ I grew up in an Episcopal household whose average beliefs rested [...].