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The 10 Best Modern Christmas Songs, Ranked

Now that Thanksgiving is done, it's time to saturate yourself with copious amounts of unbridled holiday cheer. String up your strands of twinkly white lights. Get your pocketbook ready for Small Business Saturday. And bombarded your eardrums with glorious Christmas music. To help, we've complied and ranked the top 10 modern holiday songs.

Why You Should Celebrate Yourself this Holiday Season

On a hectic October Tuesday, just before 7x7’s monthly race to the printer, I took it upon myself to enjoy some languorous me-time at the W Hotel. Looming deadlines had triggered my tendency to crack under pressure. I settled in at Trace for a two-hour feast of beet salad, mushroom flatbread, a lamb pastrami sandwich, and butterscotch pudding, and then waddled up to Bliss Spa for a two-hour mani-pedi chaser.

A Classic Bike Loop: Point Reyes Station and the Marin Coast

The counter-clockwise 56-mile loop up to Point Reyes Station takes in a wide variety of the roads and scenery that makes Marin such a special place to spin. There are a few challenging climbs in the 3,800 feet of elevation gain and you’ll have a number of excellent opportunities for pace-lining should you make this a group ride. Expect bucolic scenery and spectacular vistas.

The 15 Best Christmas Movies, Ranked

With Christmas just around the corner and the rain pelting the Bay Area, it's offically time to stay inside where it's warm. But what is there to do inside? Watch movies of course! We rounded up and ranked our favorite holiday films. These are sure to get you in the Holiday spririt. 

How to Catch Your Own Crab in the Bay Area

The best crab I've ever had was hand-caught in Desolation Sound, British Columbia. And by hand-caught, I mean my shipmate chased it through the shallows and grabbed it with his bare hands just off a narrow strip of beach on Cortes Island.

New Year's Eve In SF: 50 Parties

Believe it or not, 2014 is quickly coming to a close. So, we rounded up the top 50(!) events around the Bay Area to ensure you kick off 2015 in style.

Editors' Picks: J.Crew's New Balance, Christmas Birthdays, & More

Last-minute gift ideas from the exhausted 7x7 edit team. 

5 Topics Everyone Will Be Discussing Over Brunch

Cultivate conversation with these interesting topics. 

Dragons, Legos, and Human Rights at @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei

Avoiding tourists and their go-to spots is practically a precursor for San Francisco residency. But in the process of dodging out-of-towners, we often miss out on some of the beloved cultural gems that bring these tourists to our fair city. Case in point? Alcatraz. The visionaries at For-Site have given us the recently acclaimed @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatrazthe perfect excuse to hop on a ferry and head to the notorious prison of yesteryear.

East Bay Eats: Wine, Poutine, and Holiday Feasts

It's time to rev it up, East Bay—in addition to a whole lot of noteworthy openings and updates, we've got a number of delectable Christmas and New Years feasts for your dining pleasure. Ready to close out 2014 with a bang?

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