How are you spending the holidays this year? I want to thank you so much for being here, whether you’ve been reading for years or are just stopping by. We are so grateful for this smart, funny, warm community (and your smart, funny, warm comments!). Over the next week, we’ll be visiting Alex’s family in Charleston — and sharing photos on Instagram — but in the meantime, here’s a look back at the past year, if you’re in a blog-reading mood…

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Style posts, including dreamy nightgowns, gingham picks, my England packing list and a slam-dunk anniversary gift. Plus, we featured different people’s weeks of outfits, such as a journalist abroad who loves color and whimsy and a New England grandmother who likes to feel “pulled together.”

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Beauty posts, like a French lipstick trick, a summer essential and 12 readers’ meaningful tattoos (that dog one!). We also loved sharing women’s beauty uniforms, including gray-haired walking enthusiast Libby DeLana, dumpling restauranteur Hannah Cheng and our Race Matters columnist Christine Pride.

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Food posts, including Jenny’s potato salad trick (our most-read post of the year!), five quick salad dressings, and an easy peasy orzo al limone. Plus, Kim’s 10 favorite Trader Joe’s picks, the secret to a great dinner with friends, and how I changed my relationship with alcohol.

Relationships posts, like this sweet beach proposal, how walking can change your life, making peace with your quarantine body and telling friends “I love you.” We also talked about the joy of befriending older women and three women’s later-in-life accomplishments. Personally, I visited my grandma in England and realized I’ve lived in NYC for 20 years!

Parenting posts, such as sex-positive parenting for prudes, how to help a stoic kid open up about feelings and 15 reader insights on parenting. Also, three transgender kids share their stories, 7 women talk about deciding NOT to have children, and Toby and Anton chat about the funniest things.

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Design posts, including 14 readers’ gorgeous gardens, eight design finds, and the best part of our apartment. Plus, we shared a bunch of home tours, like the “little gay house” in Portland, this colorful Brooklyn brownstone, and a Virginia home full of earth tones.

And, finally, culture posts, such as a juicy round-up of fall recommendations, your favorite podcasts, a darkly funny book, and how poems can change your life (no biggie). Plus, 10 things I did on a weekend ALONE.

Thank you again for reading. In case you need it, here are four games to play with kids while you’re lying down, and we’ll be back with new posts on January 3rd. Have a wonderful holiday. We love you. xoxo

(Top photo taken by eight-year-old Anton.)