(Tablet Magazine)

Writer and performer Janice Erlbaum had agreed to work the Christmas Eve shift at the homeless shelter for teens where she was a volunteer. She’d figured she’d celebrate with the girls the way she would at home: with a few video rentals and some takeout Chinese. This plan was met with pleasure on the part of some, but suspicion on the part of others, who wanted answers to a few tough questions before placing their order. Here’s her story, from our archive. (You can listen to another one of our favorite Janice stories here.) [Running time: 6:53.]