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The UO Nice List: Tavi Gevinson

We spoke with UO Nice List participant Tavi Gevinson, founder of Rookie Mag and accomplisher of the wildest of teenage dreams, to get her take on the holiday season, what she's asking for (seriously, LOL), and her proudest moments of the year 2012.

Introduce yourself!
I'm Tavi Gevinson, I edit and founded the online site Rookie Mag, and I edited and art directed our first annual print edition, Rookie Yearbook One.

What do you love and loathe most about the holidays?
I love all the decorations people put up and how a Starbucks run suddenly feels like some holy occurrence and wrapping presents and seeing my sisters. I loathe how quickly the snow gets depressing basically as soon as the holidays are over.

What’s your gift-giving style? Personalized presents, or a Starbucks card for everyone?
Personalized, of course! It'd be no fun anonymously giving threatening ransom notes if I wasn't cutting out all the little magazine clippings myself.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
I got an electric guitar for a birthday/middle school graduation present.

What’s the worst gift you’ve ever received?
I can't think of one, but once my mom got my sister a broom for Christmas.

If you could ask for anything this year (and money is no object) what would you ask for?
Blue Ivy, the child.

What is your favorite holiday tradition that you share with friends or family?
My mom is from Norway, so we do Jul, which is basically Norwegian Christmas, only instead of a nice jolly man who brings you presents, this little troll guy just delivers the ones your family was already giving you, and instead of putting out milk and cookies, you put out this really nasty porridge. There's one tradition where a single almond (OOOOH, AN ALMOND) gets mixed into the porridge pot before it is served, and whoever gets the almond in their bowl gets an extra present, which in our home means something vaguely Judaism-related because we feel bad for neglecting Hanukkah.

What’s your favorite holiday snack or food?
That disgusting porridge, because as much as it disagrees with my taste buds, it's the ultimate signifier of Jul, holding a very special place in my heart. 

Without looking it up, what are the ingredients in eggnog? 
I've never had eggnog!

Any idea how you will spend New Year’s Eve this year?
Not yet! I'll probably just watch movies about the apocalypse with my friends.

If you could be any character from a holiday movie, who would you be and why?
The little girl from Love, Actually because she gets to sing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and that cute kid crushes on her. Or Kevin from Home Alone cuz duh.

If you could plant a New Year’s kiss on your dream crush, who would that be and why?
Anders from Workaholics.

What was your proudest moment from this past year?
Publishing Rookie Yearbook One was a lot of work, reaching Rookie's one-year anniversary was a lot of work, and getting to hold events with our readers and meet these people in real life and talk with them about all the stuff we normally just type about online was really, really rewarding and special. I kind of feel like the luckiest person ever.

What are you looking forward to most about 2013?
Starting my senior year of high school.

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