Very nice article by Nate Jones at Vulture, but I would argue, that while Metropolitan is a Christmas vacation film, (it has a title card for that) it’s also very much a Christmas film as well. So it’s both a Christmas and “after Christmas” film. Metropolitan even has the distinction of being in Criterion’s 12 Days of Criterion Christmas. The 12 Days of Christmas being celebrated 12/25 to 1/5. Stillman has also stated in past interviews (including one with The Awl, by Sharan Shetty) that the film represents the 1969 deb season:
There also seems to be a change in tone before and after Christmas. Before, the film is mostly intellectual conversation. After, it’s drug-taking, candor games, and fistfights. Was that a conscious decision?
Definitely. That’s supposed to represent 60s going into the 70s. The whole transition between the cultures of those respective decades.
— Whit Stillman (@WhitStillman) December 27, 2016