Give your sweat a break! Purchase 30 dazzling Christmas items to get your self into the spirit


The holidays certainly feel a little different this year, with no office vacation parties and large family gatherings. I certainly don't huddle with tourists and locals on Fifth Avenue shopping for gifts and taking Christmas window shopping. I won't go to Lincoln Center to see it The Nutcracker this year. But when I was walking down the street in my neighborhood and saw my neighbors' harsh Christmas lights – it really does seem like a red and green flash – they made me smile and reminded me, "Hello!" Season!"

This is the time of year I would look for an obscene amount of plaid in my closet or buy myself a sequined top for Miami on New Years Eve. Dressing up for vacation is a great pleasure, and while I'm going nowhere this year, I'm still here and that's cause for celebration! I take a break for loungewear and sweatpants and take off the red military-style jacket that can keep up with a nutcracker. I make hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps and watch Debbie Allen's Netflix documentary Dance dreams: hot chocolate nutcracker. I put on a sparkling top and FaceTiming a friend!

Staying in doesn't mean we can't add a little sparkle to the holidays. With huge sales happening in Banana Republic (peak prices start under $ 30), now is a good time to make sure they get there in time for you to dress for the holiday season you want.


Melinda Martin