Stick and I went to my parents’ for the traditional ham and latkes Christmas dinner, which I’d missed last year in favor of our Jenny Lou’s Christmas feast. My cousins gave us an electric kettle, with the part about “automatic shutoff” circled and underlined. Stick also got a teakettle from my aunt, with the instructions that he may let me use it, if he wants to. Because in my family? Almost burning down the house is funny.