Food & Home

VINCE Seed-Stitch Wool and Cashmere Pillow, Vince, $295; VINCE Seed-Stitch Wool and Cashmere Blanket, Vince, $695; VINCE Fringed Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Blanket, Vince, $595; VINCE Raglan Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Crew, Vince, $345; KHAITE Alissa Boyfriend Jean, goop, $290

Christmas Day Dim Sum, a Log Cabin
Escape, and More Ways to
Spend the Holidays


Following the frenetic pace of the last few months of the year, we look forward to closing our laptops, hiding our phones, and indulging in some holiday downtime. Here, we’ve tapped a few goop staffers for their favorite ways to enjoy the season—an eclectic mix that includes respites in the sun and snow, indulgent home-cooked meals, and simply cuddling up on the couch.

  • “I split my time between LA, NYC, and Columbus, Ohio. While the coasts are exciting, the Midwest is where I retreat and re-energize—this means keeping things very simple. I’m not one for traditional holiday decorations—instead I introduce color. Bright flowers and pink radishes add a little (unfussy) holiday pop.” -Ashley Sargent Price, creative director

    5.75QT Oval
    Cocotte goop, $325

    “My favorite holiday meals to enjoy with family involve anything slow-cooked, from the perfect brisket to roast chicken.” -Amy Wilbraham, fashion assistant

    Seed-Stitch Wool
    and Cashmere Pillow Vince, $295

    “I just moved into a new apartment in Santa Monica, and I’ve been decorating with the holidays in mind. I love that this pillow can be tossed from couch to chair—and the textured cashmere brings just the right amount of cozy to any room.” -Christine Waters, home buyer

    Fringed Ribbed Wool
    and Cashmere Blanket Vince, $595

    “Having just moved from NYC, this is our first holiday in LA, so adding items that make our new home feel instantly comfortable is key. My son Beau loves snuggling up on the couch with this throw.” -Wendy Lauria, vice president of marketing

  • “Spending the last days of the year at my mother and stepfather’s ranch in Darby, Montana is both humbling and inspiring. Stoking the fire in the cabin and watching the elk trot by serve as beautiful reminders to take nothing for granted.” -Stacey Lindsay, editor

  • RBT
    Decanter goop, $100

    “Come winter break, there’s nothing I love more than curling up on the couch with a glass of wine to watch one of my favorite holiday movies, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. I got this gorgeous decanter from the Host Gift Guide to enhance these little experiences.” -Megan Converse, graphic designer

  • “I’m always trying to add a fun side to our very traditional family meals. These shaved brussel sprouts with pine nuts and olives are the perfect mix of salty and nutty. With a simple lemon dressing, this dish provides unexpected brightness.” -Heaven Saunders, assistant style merchandiser.

    Raglan Ribbed
    Wool and
    Cashmere Crew Vince, $345
    Slouch Wool
    and Cashmere
    Jogger Vince, $325

    “Comfortable and relaxed, these pieces can be worn together or separate. I love to pair the cashmere sweater with a festive midi skirt and heel for a family dinner, or with my favorite jeans for hanging around the house.” -Eileen Hayes, fashion and market editor

  • “I grew up in Southern California, and after braving many New York winters (twelve, to be exact) it’s always a treat to spend Christmas walking along the main drag in Laguna Beach, near where I grew up. We start our mornings with iced coffee on the beach, and finish with a tour of the gingerbread houses on display at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, followed by sunset cocktails on the terrace.” —Nandita Khanna, editorial director

  • “It’s not the holidays without Darlene Love’s “Baby, Please Come Home.” It’s equal parts sad and joyful and how can you not belt it out right along with her for that finale?!” -Caitlin O’Malley, associate food editor

  • “This year we’ll be spending the holidays in Detroit visiting family. We rented a loft downtown so I’ll cook my husband’s favorite Christmas meal, Tequila Lime Chicken. And we always watch A Christmas Story.” -Tina Lovingood, senior director of sourcing

  • “My wife, Ellie, and I usually take turns with our parents for the holidays. This year we’ll be visiting my family in Oakland, where we usually open presents early Christmas morning and then get together with the extended family for Dim Sum.” -Kevin Huynh, front-end developer