This is extremely important. Will you please tell [Santa] that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back? No toys. Nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?

As much as we might get caught up in cool new toys around this time of year — believe me, I like new toys as much as the next kid — we mustn’t lose sight of what’s really important. I’ve talked about this from the perspective of a hairy green hermit. I’ve highlighted the thoughts of an overweight cat. And now we’ve got a dangerously prank-happy child left home alone on Christmas too.

Turns out Kevin McCallister isn’t such a bad kid after all. He’s just defending his home. (Apparently now with some help from Google too, in case you missed it. The nostalgia is strong with this one.)

Hug your loved ones a little tighter and spread a little more holiday cheer. Maybe watch an unconventional Christmas movie too. Whatever you choose to celebrate (or not), whether you’re home alone or not, have yourself a joyous festive season. And stay safe out there, ya filthy animal.