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Dec 6, 2023·edited Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard, Kaitlyn Teer

@Katie, my neighbor invites about a dozen or so women over every December, and not all of us know each other (some are baseball moms, some are neighbors, some are coworkers). She dubs it a "wine and wrap" party, and we have drinks and finger foods and bring some or all of our holiday presents to wrap together. The hostess puts out scissors, tape, ribbons, and lots of wrap, and sets up tables in her basement. It gives us something to do together, and the gifts we've bought for our families start conversation. It's an event I look forward to each year!

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Hi! I can’t speak for everyone but if you’re seeing sheer looking tights on the ladies of my generation in NYC (late 20s/early 30s) we’re *not*! wearing sheer tights. We’re wearing the viral flesh colored fleece leggings, and yes, we all have them. Starting last winter, every girlfriend of mine independently bought them. There’s hundreds of options online like these, unfortunately mostly one-size-fits-all: https://www.amazon.com/pepdhuk-Fleece-Translucent-Pantyhose-Leggings/dp/B0CGHQM35B

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard, Kaitlyn Teer

Shiv and Tom's would not be *fun* per se but it would give you the most to talk about afterward and I be one of those parties that makes you and your spouse be like "Well! At least we're not like *them*."

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Dec 6, 2023·edited Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard, Kaitlyn Teer

@Emilie, I'm also in Montreal and I wanted so badly for it to be otherwise, but the puffy sleeping bags are the only thing warm enough (unless you grew up somewhere cold, but your question suggests you did not - neither did I). I have a gorgeous heavy wool + thinsulate J Crew coat that lives in the closet that I can't bring myself to give it away. I'd go Kanuk if I were you; the shop on Rachel has an outlet section that usually has half-off. I feel like people move their coats into stylish with cheery bright scarves, hats, and gloves. Good luck!!

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard, Kaitlyn Teer

@kaitlynteercoj - I, too, sat with tears in my eyes holding The North Woods when I finished it. I think I will reread that last chapter every year of my life. I have such a book hangover from reading that book - nothing else is good enough! I added The Vaster Wilds to my "for later times" list, thanks for the recommendations. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard

Sharon & Rob would have the best party with the worst hangover the next day.

Issa & Molly are far too hip for me and I would spend the evening trying to follow the pop culture references and slang.

Shiv & Tom would be amazing for people-watching during the party and trash-talking with your SO on the drive home.

Harry & Sally would be amazing sweaters, party games and sauces on the side.

Mabel & Charles & Oliver would be all about dips and so much fun, but come with the highest chance of being murdered if it took place in their building.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard

Oh a podcast with Gemma coming...cannot wait!!

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard

To @Katie re: holiday gathering awkwardness, I cannot overstate the sheer value of *introducing* people to each other. Not a broad, sweeping, "everyone, meet everyone" but as an individual/pair arrive, go around and introduce them one. by. one. to whoever's already there, and/or pull them into a conversation. Share a little commonality nugget if there is one, and if not, that's fine! Literally the hardest part of breaking the ice is the mutual eye contact + attention + and introduction. In my experience as an introvert and party-anxious person, my favorite parties are the ones with these types of proactive hosts, especially at the beginning of the event! And as a host, I would think this is the fun part! "Person 1 who I love, meet person 2 who I also love!"

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard, Kaitlyn Teer

I didn’t know Chanel Miller had a podcast! So excited to listen to all the episodes of Makes Sense that are out!!

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard, Kaitlyn Teer

What a treasure trove of cozy, beautiful, and fun holiday/winter suggestions! Thank you!

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@Katie, the most genius tip I just learned/remembered: a neighborhood family I grew up with hosted social events regularly and they always had an introverts' puzzle corner. Then the folks who needed to ease into being social/needed a break had a quiet place to go with an activity. Usually they'd eventually be joined by an extrovert who would adopt them and be their party buddy. Once the puzzle corner even resulted in a marriage. :)

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard

I am really good at managing awkward people interactions. I love to host acquaintances (that I want to have deeper bonds with) and new neighbors for gatherings at my house, either for monthly coffee chats or for food and drinks... i also love to have Walks and Talks with people that I would like to meet and know more about. So really the full gamut.

My advise: make sure you have good opening questions as I make a lil moment when everyone has arrived and give the people the chance to talk about them. For example: what is your fave breakfast food or what topics do you want to talk about today? I also introduce my “solo guests” to another one of my friends, with a piece of what they have in common (that I personally know about them).

Also... having in the RSVP list the topics people want to talk about (submitted by them) or brief-intros (created by me) really helps people know who is who and how they can connect.

Things I need help with? Well... personally need help with cooking easy apps or NA cute drinks. The food flow is a lil clunky for me so I welcome any advise on that front 👩🏻‍🍳🙈

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard, Kaitlyn Teer

If you don't want to unwrap the Hershey's kisses, do what my mom does and just buy 'chocolate stars'! https://www.kroger.com/p/brach-s-milk-chocolate-stars/0004142003694

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I'm seeing bows everywhere, too! I don't have the right hair for one, but I'm thinking about getting these bows to pin on candlesticks - I've never seen this before and it seems like such an easy way to decorate! https://matildagoad.com/products/mini-brass-bow-candle-pin

Can someone give me permission to buy this gift for myself?!

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard

For gatherings - I’ve been so inspired by Priya Parker lately! https://www.priyaparker.com/art-of-gathering-newsletter/first-five-minutes

She talks about being intentional in the purpose of the gathering. Yes, it’s a holiday party, but what’s the real purpose? What does this group of people need?

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Joanna Goddard

@Emilie, I love my JCrew Daphne topcoat in Italian wool (I have it in black). It is unlined, but I stay pretty warm in it throughout most of winter when layered over sweaters (I live in Michigan). It is classic, fits well (I’m 5’3”), and imo basically looks new despite having had it for a few years now after buying it second hand. While I do wear my puffy sleeping bag coat when I’m outside for longer periods of time or on below zero days, I wear this one most days for work and play.

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