Story: Sometimes, Your Family Chooses You A young actress mails a holiday card to Wisconsin: I won’t be able to make it home this year. She forlornly makes her way back to her empty Brooklyn apartment. Then, she hears a guitar playing holiday music and a knock at her door. Friends enter and share gifts, holiday decorations, and food from their diverse family traditions. Her best friend unveils a six-pack of Leinenkugel’s. “Leinie’s -- just like home!” An impromptu “family,” they all laugh, drink beer, sing, and celebrate together.