Design

Happy Holidays!

Relationships posts

How are you celebrating the holidays this year? We are staying in Brooklyn and taking lots of snowy walks. In the meantime, I want to thank you so much for being here, whether you’re a long-term reader or are just stopping by. This community of smart, funny, thoughtful people (and your incredible comments) means so much to us — this year more than ever. Here’s a look back at the past twelve months, if you’re in a blog-reading mood…

Style Posts

Style posts, including finding a reader a wedding gown, a star-worthy black dress, Caroline’s favorite petite clothing, 10 readers’ go-to date outfits and 11 readers’ work-from-home looks. Plus, weeks of outfits, from wonderful women like Joyce, Juliana and Ayana.

Beauty Posts

Beauty posts, including how to cut your own hair, the power of shaving your head, three short-hair tutorials and a splurge-worthy beauty product. Plus, our beauty uniform series, featuring lovely women like Deb Perelman from Smitten Kitchen, comedy writer Samantha Irby, and Instagram poet Kate Baer.

Food posts

Food posts, like 10 quick and easy dinners, incredible fish sandwiches, the cooking steps you can feel free to skip, and nine exciting new cookbooks. Plus, taste tests, including the best pancake mix and the best supermarket salsa. We also discussed secret family recipes (which, it turns out, are often kept very under wraps).

Relationships posts

Posts about relationships, like Alex and my very first emails to each other, things that make you secretly swoon, the mentor myth, getting a rescue dog, an anxiety trick, and a story about getting engaged (or not) on your own terms. Plus, wedding posts, like an at-home wedding, a tiny park wedding, one couple’s first look and Gemma’s anniversary photos.

Parenting Posts

Parenting posts, including the sweetest moment that made my heart burst, how to raise gracious children, 16 surprising parenting tips and favorite baby names. Plus, what it’s like when all your friends have kids (and you don’t) and what to do when your child has a favorite parent.

Home posts

Design posts, including a book lover’s dream home, 12 readers’ cozy corners, a Maine house with a view and a family house with a beautiful blue kitchen.

Culture posts, like the ULTIMATE tv guide, my three favorite books, not-so-guilty pleasure shows, Julie Blackmon’s incredible photography and dream movie houses. Plus, winter rituals and dorky new hobbies.

Coronavirus Posts

And of course, there were many posts about life this year, including moving from a big city to a small town, what it’s like to have a baby during COVID or being a new parent. We discussed race with our new Race Matters column and essays like ‘five things I want to tell my white friends‘ and Kim’s expressions of Blackness. We also shared stories about navigating a changed world, such as small ways to help, new relationships during quarantine, and the strange places we’re taking Zoom calls.

Parenting Posts

Thank you so much, as always, for being here. We’ll be back with new posts on January 4th. Have a wonderful holiday. Sending you lots of love. xoxo

  1. Yulia says...

    Thank you for creating such a special space where we can all gather together. So many posts from last year (and from years past) spoke to me and subtly or substantially opened my mind or altered the course of my life. What a gift you are. Happy new year!

  2. Cynthia Miller says...

    I love this quote from the Mrozinskis: “On moving to a tiny island: We had entered our seventies and felt that we had to rethink our lives. Paul fell in love with a wonderful building on Main Street in Vinalhaven. So, we moved there in 2017 and opened our new antiques shop, Marston House.”
    It give me so much hope as I round the corner into the end of my 50th year and feel like there is so much left for me to do in my life.

    • Anna says...

      As a 30 somthing year old mom to little ones this quote lifted my spirits as well.

  3. Happy holiday CoJ and thank you for a year or thought-provoking, fun, useful and interesting content ❤

  4. Christina says...

    Thank you so much for your wonderful content! I also love to see those cute smiles on your boys’ faces!

  5. Charlie says...

    THANK YOU for a wonderful year of posts!

    ONE REQUEST: Can you have a makeup artist teach us how to pick the right lipstick and blush color? I’ve tried everywhere on youtube to get guidance and haven’t found anything that works. Even when I follow their advice (go with warm, orange tones for olive skin) I still come out with the wrong color. My mom never wore makeup, so I don’t know what I’m doing: As a newbie, I’d love your help!

  6. CS says...

    All the best to you and yours, COJ team. Thanks for all you do!

  7. L says...

    Just want to chime in and add to the chorus of thanks to you all – I have been a daily reader and lover of this blog for such a long time but wasn’t usually much of a commenter. But man this year really made me want to jump in and participate and send love to the amazing crew of people that works on this space and shows up to it! I always valued it but this year showed just how beautiful and important this community of sane and warm-hearted people is. Thank you Jo for leading the way with such grace and thank you everybody for this lovely community in such dark times. Love to you all!

  8. Moonlight says...

    Just wanted to leave a comment to say thank you for keeping us company, for creating a community with brilliant people, for keeping us entertained, all while maintaining good content quality! Happy holidays!

  9. Sage says...

    Hope everyone has a wonderful new year. Stay safe & can’t wait to make it through the home stretch of this nightmare together.

  10. Emie says...

    The comments section of your blog is my favorite part. I find it’s good to read them all as it opens me up to different view points and also some of them are very funny. Always a treat I allow myself. So, Thank You for a safe place to talk about hard things. I’ve learned a lot this year from your blog.

  11. Anna says...

    Happy holidays! Thank you, COJ team, for providing a touchstone through this entire year. Truly a bright spot each day. Thank you.

  12. Lyn says...

    Merry Christmas! As is our custom, we are celebrating all twelve days of Christmas with gift-giving, music, lighting candles, Christmas movies, baking, meditating on scripture, quiet time, and time together.

  13. K says...

    This post was perfect for me – I was a regular reader until the beginning of this year, when a change in work meant my daily computer rhythms were disrupted. I managed to lose touch with you all for months at a time, and then would come back and find it such a welcome reminder. My work life has shifted again, and so my rhythms will bring me back on a more regular basis, which is so wonderfully filling to think about. Thank you for the highlight reel of everything I missed, and I’m so glad to be surrounded by all these lovely voices again. Happy Holidays everyone!

  14. Beth says...

    One of the most life changing posts was the pancake mix taste test! We now only use Crusteaz Buttermilk complete and it is the best! And my 10 year old can make it himself. It’s the little things that have gotten us through 2020!

    • Anna says...

      Also from CoJ this year was the recommendation from a reader to add malted powder to pancakes!

  15. amy says...

    Happy holidays. So grateful for this space. Hope you all have some time to relax. Look forward to more wonderful content in 2021! This is the BEST blog IMO and I treasure the space.

  16. Alana says...

    Okay that last photo of Toby and Anton is like looking at Alex and Joanna. :)

  17. OM says...

    Happy Holidays Cup of Jo team! As always this blog has been such an enlightening and comforting space!

    • Ceridwen says...

      Totally agree! Thank you x

  18. Justine says...

    Thank you to the Cup of Jo team and all the marvelous readers whose posts and comments have spoken deeply to me, made me think, caused me to check my perceptions of others, and sent me down many rabbit holes during the past few years. This blog has often been the highlight of my day during the “Covid times”.

  19. Sarah says...

    This site and community is a daily bright spot for me. I love you all and thank you for your writing and for creating a community that makes our world seem smaller and kinder…and help me less alone.

  20. L says...

    Your post about finding a reader a wedding gown helped me find my own!! Used Needle & Thread which was suggested in the comments :)

  21. Jessica says...

    Did anyone else realize they had read EVERY SINGLE POST and then started going thru the comments again, from like back in March, and remember them??? I’m not suggesting this is a bad thing at all, more like revisiting nostalgically with old friends.

    • Kamaile says...

      Me! I’ve read all of these posts but it’s fun to go back and read the comments. The comments are my favorite! 💜

    • Amanda H says...

      Me too!! Rereading the style posts are like seeing old friends again! CoJ and the commenting community are so life-affirming!

    • Amy says...

      That’s me too!! I’m remembering where I was when I read the original posts. This is such a great community of readers.

  22. Rachel says...

    Thank you so much to the COJ team for creating this magical space for us, this year and always! Thank you for your always-great content and high-quality writing and next-level thoughtfulness. This year I have especially appreciated your willingness to engage with readers in comments and consider feedback. I feel like we all grew together this year even though we are a community spread far and wide! Happy holidays to all xoxo

  23. Amrita says...

    Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, Cup of Jo team. Thank you for creating a space that has been a source of joy and comfort this year. Hope you all get some rest and see you in Jan!

  24. Nigerian Girl says...

    Happy Holidays to you and your family, Joanna. Thank you for creating this safe space. May 2021 be kind to us all.

  25. Alice says...

    Reading A Cup of Jo posts this year especially has been a huge comfort and good me-time. Wishing a lovely holiday period to everyone at COJ!

  26. Laura S says...

    we all love to read cup of jo
    it gives us a warm, fuzzy glow
    she recommended a candle
    FIFTY BUCKS?! Some couldn’t handle.
    in the comments, we almost came to blows!

    Love you Joanna and all the ladies!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahaha love it!

    • alison says...

      LOLOL THIS IS SO GOOD!

    • Charlotte says...

      Haha this is great Laura, thanks!

  27. Marie says...

    Cup of Joe team, thank you for all you do! It has always been such a joy to have this community but this year, it’s meant so much more. You were a bright spot this year, a warm place to turn to.

    Wishing you and all your readers health and happiness, always.

    • Marie says...

      So sorry! Jo** (no sleep with the baby) 🤦🏼‍♀️

  28. Happy Holidays to you Joanna. My Christmas holiday will be spent with my mother watching our favorite Christmas movies. We decided to not trade gifts this year as it has been a tough year for so many due to the pandemic. We just didn’t feel like material things would do the trick. Instead, we are just thankful to be alive and spending time together as we know so many families can’t spend the holidays together this year. It will just be a simple, beautiful day spent blissfully watching movies that brought so much joy to us in the previous years.

  29. Lorraine says...

    Happy holidays to the Cup of Jo team! Thanks for making a cozy space for us all to convene and guide each other, especially this year. I’m grateful for this site and its community. xoxo

  30. maywyn says...

    Happy Holidays
    Thank y’all for the wonderful blogging

  31. Visiting this comment section to soak up the witty, reliable, honest wisdom and stories from the COJ community has been the highlight of many quarantined days. This final post is filled with so many goodies, just what I need to coast through the holidays. I’m grateful. Thanks so much to everyone at COJ (and to the kindest readers on the internet). Happy Holidays ♥️