DO-GOODERS
Cookies from Santa by Tate's Bake Shop

Tate's Bakeshop is taking the Christmas tradition of leaving cookies out for Santa and giving it a charitiable spin! On Tuesday, December 17, owner Kathleen King will team up with Santa Clause to donate over 12,000 chocolate chip cookies, as well as 17,000 meals, to children and families all over America!

Cookies will be brought to the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, in partnership with the Food Bank for NYC, in order to ignite holiday merriment in the children of thier after school program. The remaining donations will be given to the Community Kitchen in West Harlem.

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GET THE PARTY STARTED
SantaCon is upon us!

SantaCon is more than just dressing up in Christmas attire and getting wasted (even though that's the best part of it). In most cities, like New York, SantaCon is affiliated with charitable good works and donations. In 2011, Santacon New York raised $10,000 for Toys for Tots and donated over 6,000 pounds of food to Manhattan and Brooklyn food banks. SantaCon reminds us to have a good time and celebrate the season, but also to spread cheer and goodwill.

LIFESTYLE
SantaCon Invades NYC This Friday

SantaCon is back.

The nation's largest "non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason" is set to take place this weekend, when thousands of Santa-clad men and women will take to the streets, looking to distribute holiday cheer.

The public party (also commonly referred to as a "pub crawl," "bizarre spectacle," and "excuse for public drunkeness") will take place on Saturday. The location, which always remains secret until the night before, will be announced on the group's website on Friday evening. You can also subscribe to Santa's Twitter feed (@SantaCon) for updates.

THE SCENE
What Would You Do For Lanvin?


This past Saturday in San Francisco, at the break of dawn, was the day to get your booty up, grab your morning ritual Starbucks latte and be the first 320 people to wait for the exclusive collection of Lanvin at H&M. It was hard to believe, but a much-anticipated wait for all the Lanvin goodies was worth it. The row of umbrellas, igloo sized tents and Lanvin-obsessed fashion machines waited outside patiently for their must haves. Being the first and only 320 people would get you a complimentary H&M scarf, a step in the door, two feet past the ropes and into the Lanvin section, which felt like the VIP event of the year.

AMERICAN IDOL
"I'm Gettin' Twisted For Christmas!"

I, like many of you, tend to find little joy in the banality of holiday music that streams endlessly through the speakers of department stores during this time of year. Having had the displeasure of working during this season at one of these customer service establishments, I found it difficult to smile through a full days work while listening to the same Josh Groban and Bing Crosby songs played over and over until I feel an uncontrollable urge to bash-in my skull with a metal Christmas tree stand. During a certain season, I discovered a lonely CD sitting unnoticed at the back of a friend’s collection. I immediately brought it into work and demanded the management play it repeatedly over the store speaker-system. I gained legendary status amongst my coworkers as we found ourselves privy to the sweet, melodic sounds of A Twisted Christmas.