December in medialand is unlike any other month. Dark weeks! Holiday bonuses (or, more interesting, a lack thereof)! Lots and lots of swag — exchanged among reporters and sources and salesmen and buyers and flacks and editors and everyone! And, most important, parties!
Yes, there'll be a series of remarkably drunken parties, all around town, this month, at which those aforementioned swag-exchangers drink heavily on their bosses' tabs, bitch about the year that's ending, bitch about the year that's coming, share not-insignificant amounts of recreational drugs in the bathrooms, and occasionally hook up with coworkers in ways sufficiently public to create embarrassing situations at the office the next day.
In fact, Media Christmas season starts tonight, with Teen Vogue's edit-staff party at La Esquina and Lucky's party at Hotel QT.
And we want to know all about it.
Get a wonderfully ridiculous holiday-gift tchotchke from your media company (or from a media company you do business with)? Let us know. Witness opulent shenanigans at a media holiday party? Let us know. Witness decandent shenanigans in wake of a media holiday party? Definitely let us know. In all cases, cameraphone pix will be greatly appreciated.
(Also, we'd appreciate a better name than "Media Christmas." Lacking a Cal State professor to invent a December holiday for us, we're looking to you. Media Christmas? Mediakkah? Magzaa? We're open to suggestions.)
Meantime, a more-or-less comprehensive list of Media Christmas holiday parties is after the jump, courtesy of Sara James in today's WWD. We'll update as we get more information. And we're sure you'll be totally welcome at any of these parties, should you chose to show up. Tell them Gawker sent you.
Tuesday, December 6
Lucky, Hotel QT
Teen Vogue (edit), La Esquina
Wednesday, December 7
The New Yorker, Pastis
Playboy, Triumph Room
Thursday, December 8
Hearst Magazines (all), Tavern on the Green
Monday, December 12
Departures (edit), Double Seven
Glamour (edit), Apen
House & Garden, Fred's at Barneys
Teen Vogue (business), Employees Only
Tuesday, December 13
Fast Company and Inc. , Blondie's
Wednesday, December 14
Gourmet (sales), The Hotel on Rivington
Thursday, December 15
Cargo, Centrico (lunch)
Gourmet (edit), EIC Ruth Reichl's apartment
Glamour (sales), Roxy
GQ, La Esquina
New York, Encore
Wenner Media (all), N/A
Monday, December 19
FHM, Gypsey Tea
Meredith shelter books (all), Via
Tuesday, December 20
No dates known
Food & Wine (business), Club Pegu
Food & Wine (edit), Spotted Pig
Departures (business), The Modern
Fitness, Otto (lunch)
Hearst (all EICs and publishers), Le Bernardin (lunch)
Modern Bride and Elegant Bride, EIC Antonia van der Meer's apartment
Travel + Leisure (business), publisher Ellen Asmodeo Giglio's apartment
Travel + Leisure (edit), 60 Thompson
Vogue, La Esquina