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If Amy Sedaris could have the perfect Southern holiday season like the ones she had growing up in North Carolina, she’d be sure to have the following things: a cheese ball, holiday punch (complete with a decorative ice ring), and a dead squirrel in the freezer, ready for a spring burial. Oh, and she’d also have a “little something” she could hand out to guests as a gift—“you know, just a little present that anyone would like.” But, as Sedaris told Vanity Fair at Michaels’ “They’re Faux and They’re Fabulous” Christmas tree event in New York City earlier this month, sometimes you just can’t have the perfect Southern holiday—and you have to make do with what you have.
Sedaris remembers one particularly challenging Thanksgiving eve, years ago, when she was living in Chicago: “I was defrosting the freezer with an ice pick and a hammer, and I blew the Freon out . . . but I lived in Chicago, so I put everything on the porch, and it was fine.”
Sedaris, whose D.I.Y. craft and cooking show At Home with Amy Sedaris, just joined truTv this fall, is a fan of a good, gaudy holiday decoration.
“I love tinfoil—anything tinfoil. You know, clothespins dipped in glitter that you can just clip onto the tree,” she said. “You know, I like colored lights; I like a lot of tinsel. I like a gaudy tree.”
These days, though, the comedic host doesn’t put up a tree; she spends Christmas with her brother David in London. So, she settles for her over-the-top holiday fix via the hokey, animated Hallmark cards she receives from friends.
“They’ve got bunnies hopping in the snow and icicles on the house,” she said. “I just go, ‘Wow, someone put that together.’ The music’s queer. Everything is picture perfect. My gosh, it makes me laugh. I can’t imagine that happening in real life.”