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From top: roast pork loin with sage and onions; honey-roasted harissa carrots; buttermilk dinner rolls; and chocolate-pudding pie with candy-cane whipped cream

What you want on a Christmas table is cheer, and a homespun menu that will delight guests

Add a few candles to your table, some flowers or greenery (or even snip some from way inside the tree, where they’ll never be missed), and you’re most of the way to entertaining holiday guests.

Love Letters

I want to take the next steps now

Now, I understand that he doesn’t want to rush into marrying me, especially since we moved in together only a couple of months ago, but it kills me to wait.

Bono, a name you can trust

The largest producer of extra virgin olive oil in Sicily has won more than one prestigious award for its cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil made from olives grown in Val Di Mazara in southwest Sicily.

Linh Aven

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Linh Aven of b. good

She came to Boston from the West Coast as a student, graduating with a PhD in molecular medicine. Layoffs at her biotech startup led her to a part-time pastry chef position at Café Madeleine in the South End. She was hooked.

A taste of home, from Hapi African Gourmet

Paulette Ngachoko, a native of the West African nation Cameroon, is on a mission to showcase the foods of her homeland.

By the Glass

Revel in the variety of Cru Beaujolais

When Laura Staley began organizing a French wine tasting for her guests at Island Creek Oyster Bar in Burlington, she had Beaujolais — and the gamay grape — in mind.

Ask Amy

Loss leaves a void, revealing friendship flaws

Advice from Amy Dickinson


This Connecticut company wants to brew a better nonalcoholic beer

Athletic Brewing Co.’s founder deftly pitches his product, dropping catch phrases like “beer for the modern adult” and sounding a little like a focused Don Draper.

Jars of sprinkles and sand sugars for baking from Elmendorf Baking Supplies & Cafe in East Cambridge.

Sip and shop at Elmendorf Baking Supplies & Cafe

The place is a half cafe with pastries and sandwiches and a dozen seats and half retail shop devoted to baking supplies.

Ask Amy

Parents concerned about wayward teen

Advice from Amy Dickinson

Bird sightings across the region

Recent bird sightings from the Mass Audubon Society.

Connections | Magazine

To manage my MS, I find inspiration in my fellow patients — and my mother

At 91, my mother already knew what I have only recently learned about the power of exercising in groups.

Style Watch

Kitchen makeover allows for creation of sleek dining area and sitting room

A built-in bench puts dead space to use in the dining area of this Chestnut Hill home.

Animal from “The Muppets.”

It’s a Thing

From boring meat to boring meetings, a review of the week online

From boring meat to boring meetings, a review of the week online

“Disney on Ice” brings its cast of familiar faces to the Agganis Arena.

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‘Disney on Ice’ glides into Agganis Arena

Your favorite characters are all here, sporting skates: Elsa, Anna, and Olaf from “Frozen,” plus characters from “Aladdin,” “Finding Dory,” and “Toy Story.”


Public art gets interactive at the Prudential Center

Boston-based artist Stephanie Cardon created the installation, called “Unless,” out of 3,400-square-feet of repurposed neon orange and brilliant blue construction debris netting.

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen presents a creation by Colcci during the 2015 Summer collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Gisele Bundchen is still one of the highest-paid models in the world, according to Forbes

Even in “retirement,” the supermodel pulls in the big bucks.

Chris Pratt arrives for the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards June 2018 and Katherine Schwarzenegger in 2014 (NINA PROMMER/EPA/Shutterstock (Pratt) and Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Chris Pratt shared a heartfelt birthday message for Katherine Schwarzenegger

“Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together. Thrilled God put you in my life,” the actor wrote.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘After the calamari, I wanted to leave’

Will these sports enthusiasts team up for a knockout or a strikeout?

love letters

Fell for my boss

There was just one problem: He was my boss. Then there was a second: He was already spoken for.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, spoke with members of the media at the White House on Tuesday.

For those who swooned for Nancy Pelosi’s coat: It’s making a comeback

The Max Mara coat, which the House minority leader wore while departing the White House Tuesday, will be making a comeback.

Miss Conduct

How can I get my sister-in-law to stop playing favorites with my kids?

My husband won’t stop his sister from lavishing gifts on our son, but not our daughter. It’s become ridiculous.

At Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ brewery and taproom in Waitsfield, the menu features sophisticated light fare.

For food lovers, Vermont needs to be a getaway go-to

Four favorite spots near popular resorts for a date night that requires nothing fancier than clogs with warm socks.

Joyful Garden, inside a Watertown mini-mall, offers pork and shrimp dumplings.

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Dim sum and the RMV? A match made in heaven.

Joyful Garden, inside a Watertown mini-mall anchored by Target, Tobacco Shed, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Go for dim sum and a cocktail before smiling for that driver’s license photo.

Jamaica Plain’s Little Dipper will offer an all-day menu from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.


Tealuxe, Rani Indian Bistro to close; Giacomo’s heads west

Little Dipper expands its scope, plus more restaurant news you can use.

The 5,000-year-old standing stones at Callanish on the Isle of Lewis.

A musical journey through the Hebrides

The four-day Hebridean Celtic Festival, a sensory cornucopia of nonstop performances, casts a warm, incandescent glow to these islands each summer.

Shark-attack survivor Colin Cook and Keoni Bowthorpe who rescued Cook.

Colin Cook lost his leg — and nearly his life — in a 2015 shark attack. But his journey was just beginning

How a Rhode Island native survived the attack, got back on his board, and became an “inspiration” to his girlfriend, Boston Marathon survivor Sydney Corcoran.

At the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center in Maine, there are more than 55 kilometers of groomed and backcountry trails, most catering to beginner and intermediate skiers.

Want to cross-country ski? Here are some of our favorite spots.

Fun fact: New England has more cross-country skiers than any other region in the country. It makes sense to us. It’s a fun way to enjoy our long winters, and play in our gorgeous backyard.

The neo-gothic spires of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel are the focal point of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico


Is this small Mexican city the best in the world?

San Miguel de Allende has been named the best city in the world two years in a row. Does it live up to the title?

The best books of 2018

Our critics share their favorites in fiction, general nonfiction, mystery, sports, and graphic novels.


Greater Boston author readings Dec. 16-22

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Love Letters

Came home one day and my boyfriend had moved out!

He never said a word about his plan to leave, but get this — he thinks we can keep dating.

Love Letters

I got the cheek

She tried to give me a hug and I asked if I could kiss her.

Ask Amy

Husband wants more intimacy than hugs, hand-holding

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Marijuana plants sit under LED lights inside the Veg Room, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Eastlake. One of Ohio's large-scale medical marijuana cultivators expects to sell the state's first legal pot to licensed dispensaries sometime in December. Buckeye Relief LLC, planted its first seeds July 31 after the state granted the company permission to begin growing pot for Ohio's fledgling medical marijuana industry. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Connecticut approves 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries

Connecticut has approved 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries, doubling the number of facilities in the state.

To inspire a new generation of volunteers, start young.


How to get kids into the giving spirit

It’s possible that the best gift you can give your child is to show them that they have the power to give, too.

Businesses in the Grand Central District in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Make a stop in Grand Central (Florida, that is)

Not that long ago, this neighborhood was a string of empty storefronts, and a place you avoided walking through at night. Today, the pedestrian-friendly area is filled with people who quit their day jobs to pursue their passion.

On social media, airlines have discovered the block

Understanding why airlines do it can help you avoid getting on a blacklist and ensure that your next complaint is heard.

Nancy Carell, left, and Steve Carell arrive at the premiere of

Steve Carell remembers his Massachusetts wedding day perfectly 23 years later

It’s been more than 23 years since Acton native Steve Carell and his wife, Nancy Carell, exchanged vows back in August 1995. But the actor remembers their wedding like it was yesterday.

Joan Osborne will perform at the Tilden Arts Center in West Barnstable on Dec. 22.

The VIP Lounge | Joan Osborne

The VIP Lounge with Joan Osborne

We caught up with the singer, who will perform at the Tilden Arts Center in West Barnstable on Dec. 22, to talk about all things travel.

Boston, MA., 12/101/2018, Five year old Jaelani Taromino, a cardiac patient at Boston Children's Hospital, conducts the Boston Pops. Keith Lockhart along with musicians from the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus spread holiday cheer to patients at Boston Children's Hospital. Four New England Patriots players attended. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff


Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops ring in the holidays at Children’s Hospital

Tanglewood Festival Chorus singers, along with brass and rhythm section musicians, sailed through a medley of holiday favorites for the young patients and their parents.

Travel Troubleshooter

Flixbus canceled three trips. I want a refund — and then some

After Flixbus canceled three of his rides, Martin Yeung wanted the company to cover his expenses. But does the contract allow that?

One of seven newly commissioned large-scale sculptures in “Air Sea Land” in the Seaport.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.


The best cookbooks of 2018 — for giving or for keeping

This year’s offerings were personal, evocative, and focused on the joy of everyday cooking.

Buds of marijuana.

New Zealand passes law to make medical marijuana widely available

New Zealand’s government on Tuesday passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time.

A December 10, 2018 photo shows the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. - The US Supreme Court declined to hear appeal cases by Kansas and Louisiana to end public funding through Medicaid to Planned Parenthood. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Supreme Court won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

The court’s order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that his colleagues seemed to be ducking the case for political reasons.

Special report

//[1].jpg Bitten by Uncertainty: A Globe report on Lyme disease in the Northeast

In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.


// The Love Letters podcast: Ditch the ex’s T-shirt, or wear it?

After a breakup, is it better to hold onto relics from the relationship, or to dump them?

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic


Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

// Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Design New England

// Second Life

An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.