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December 01, 2016

The stretch from Thanksgiving to the New Year is my favorite time of year. The most wonderful, as they say! I love to entertain, so I see more of my friends and family, and the spike in parties means a spike in fun (and good food — I’ll leave the gym to Blake Lively!).

My single must-do: always set a table with candles—it exudes coziness and festivity. (Another tip: MMMMM pralines.) When the party’s over and your clothes and hair smell like your cooking, you can fix it with a few household ingredients. And I’m fortunate to have amazing in-laws, but if yours are tricky, well, there’s a recipe for that too.

But that's the superficial stuff. The holidays are also a time when generosity and fairness, and the complexities of the human spirit, are front of mind. No matter what your beliefs are, and maybe you're not religious at all, the flipping of the calendar is a good time to reflect, and to challenge yourself to be kind to fellow humans.

Drop me a line and let me know how you recognize this season, whether it's setting a table or setting a personal agenda for 2017. I especially want to hear about your resolutions, which I'll get to in an upcoming newsletter.

Party on,

Claire

Claire.Howorth@time.com

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