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The 12 Beers of Christmas

The 12 Beers of Christmas

Although we celebrate holidays throughout the year, we reserve the term "holiday season" for that belt-busting period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when we channel the time and energy normally given to work into the rewarding pursuits of eating and drinking with family and friends. And with Hanukkah just ending, the next milestone on this year’s calendar is Christmas Eve. For beer lovers, this is a prime opportunity to enjoy the dark and hearty ales that traditionally mark this occasion.

Tahoe Village Holiday Celebrations

The Village at Squaw

The three ski villages in Lake Tahoe are now decked out for the holidays: Squaw Valley, Northstar and Heavenly will be having a full two weeks of celebrations for the holiday season and scheduled events will include skiing with celebrities, fireworks, parties, and of course, Santa and Shaun White on the slopes.

Luxe Stocking Stuffers From Bay Area Beauty Brands

This holiday, shop local for life's little luxuries. Bay-based beauty brands continue to do their part creating both effective and innovative skincare products. And, most of these products are organic and use natural ingredients wherever possible. Here are four luxurious gift ideas from some of the Bay's best beauty brands.

There's More to December Than Christmas: Seven Nontraditional To-Dos

Edward Scissorhands

Want to kick your usual Christmas traditions to the curb? Use our ideas to get it done.

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe This Christmas

Santa Dog Portrait

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on 7x7.com. Dr. Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB is a board certified veterinary behaviorist who counsels guardians whose pets’ issues are beyond the scope of training. Think of her as a pet shrink…at your service. Ask your own questions in the comments!

Epic Christmas Dinners at Restaurants Around Town

This Christmas, you've finally let go of the silver tongs, the last minute Bon Appetit recipe break-downs, and any aspirations of making your own buche de Noel. You're going out. Now, where can a Yuletide-loving fool snag a holiday feast in this town? Here are five tried-and-tested hotel restaurants serving a variety of holiday appetites, from voracious children to adults seeking a private meal under the mistletoe. 

How Wine Country's Getting Decked Out for the Holidays

Ehler Estates

Wine Country is known as a great place to celebrate, so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that wineries know how to get into the holiday spirit. Already impressive estates and vineyards are even more striking when dripping in twinkling lights and garlands. But not all of the holiday displays are electric; many are powered by molasses and sugar.

Three Happening Holiday Ice Rinks in LA

Believe it or not, it does get chilly in the winter in LA–at least at night. And LA makes a respectable winter wonderland effort with holiday themed events and decorated neighborhoods. If you haven't reached holiday bliss yet, a visit to one of the local pop up ice rinks will make you feel like a kid at Christmas again.

Holiday Light Extravaganzas in the North Bay

Weavers Winter Wonderland

The last round of rain may have slowed down some fine tuning, but the drenching hasn’t put a damper on holiday decorations in the North Bay.  Folks were out in full force this weekend hunting for neighborhoods decked out in their season’s best, and they were not disappointed.

Favorite Holiday Cookies from Tartine, Miette, Batter Bakery, and More

Sprinkles, peppermint, icing, sugar and spice are the heartbeat of December baking—the most cookie-centric month of the year, no doubt. Pro bakers around town are churning out extra festive creations in the coming weeks. We asked a handful of our favorites what's new on their cookie trays for the holidays, and here's what they came back with. 

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