Hello and welcome to a snow-globe of a month called HOW IS IT DECEMBER?

November was all about families — untraditional ones, child favorites within them, speaking of: how to avoid family drama. We talked about pregnancy (Leandra’s, specifically), surrogacy, high-risk pregnancy, maternity fashion. We explored friends-as-family (and how to make them), and interviewed one very cool grandmother. We also re-shared stories that fit into November’s fam, like this one about adoption.

There’s so much to say about families that there were a few inevitable leftovers. But just as we all know there’s nothing better than a cold turkey, stuffing and cranberry midnight sandwich, or last night’s apple pie for breakfast, these stories work magically for December.

The theme is “All of the Lights,” not like the annoying internet phrase “all the _[feels/food/memes],” but instead like the Kanye West song, title wise, and way more importantly, like all of the lights IN December, such as…

+Festive holiday lights strung around your home, on the streets, in the sky. It’s a pretty-ass month. Get ready to have your eyes tickled.
+Refracting lights on sequins,  on sparkles, on rock candy jewelry, on fake snow. It’s a magpie month, and we’re in disco ball beauty, planning for parties, gift-giving mode.
+ Lights that light up from within and make you feel warm. It’s a cozy month. Prepare for your fair share of warm and fuzzies.
+Lights that shine on topics that deserve a spotlight. It’s going to be an illuminating month on Man Repeller.

As always, we want to see what you’d like to read in accordance with the theme — or in general. Leave your snowflakes down below and let me know if you’re a coal-for-eyes kind of snowman builder or like to use earrings as peepers instead.

Photo by Louisiana Mei Gelpi; Creative Direction by Emily Zirimis. 

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  • Anne Dyer

    We clearly all need to see Leandra’s baby bump styled in sequins.

  • Olivia Lauren Hawk Moore

    so. many. holiday party dressing ideas please

  • Just did my nails with Kure Bazaar’s confetti polish, so all sparkly and set for this!

  • Amelia Diamond

    HOLY SHIT LOUISIANA AND EMILY THIS GIF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS GONNA GIF ON THE HOMEPAGE WHEN I PREVIEWED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Amy Brumbpo Tungus

    TURN UP THE LIGHTS IN HERE BAYYYBAYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • EXTRA BRIGHT, I WANT YA’LL TO SEE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Patrizia Chiarenza

    Most importantly Amelia, when can we expect December horoscopes?? 😀

    • Amelia Diamond

      UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

      • Catherine

        pls feed my sagittarius needs thx

        • Leandra Medine

          Saturn is getting the fuck out of our sign on the 20th, so we have that to look forward to!!!!

  • Kristen J

    For everything cozy, someone should try a week of Danish hygge.

    Also, I wouldn’t mind some styling tips for looking awesome and staying warm while doing winter outdoor physical activities- skiing, snowshoeing, winter running, etc.

  • I’m into this!!

  • Sophie Khanna

    How people we love become lights in our life and stay lighting us and what happens when the lights go out

    • Amelia Diamond

      oof this pitch hurt my heart it’s a good one

  • Aggie

    A history of the cult of scented candles and where I find great cheap ones?

  • Kinsey W

    I need christmas tree inspo that doesn’t look basic, bland and what every blogger on Instagram has posted. Also, I need a lengthy debate on white lights vs. colored lights.

    • jen

      yesssss white lights vs. colored lights – such a constant battle

  • Delaney

    a piece on beautifully ugly and corny retro houses decked up in holiday garb would be much appreciated

  • Chris

    LOTS OF IDEAS!!
    1. Light therapies… the beauty kind! If they work or not. The ones for acne, the ones where people shut themselves into a sort of box for a while, and any other ones you have come across.
    2. Best christmas window decorations in New York… NYT did a piece on it today, but with the MR spin and quirky in-depth analysis!
    3. How to work on keeping your little person-flame (believing in yourself) always burning steadily without flickering, but also not outshining others.
    4. How people in countries where the sun doesn’t go down in the winter experience life.
    This is such a good theme — can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

    • Fat Tony

      I would also love stories about 1 & 2, great ideas!

    • YES to NYC window decorations – I cannot afford to fly there, but can in my mind :’)

    • Amelia Diamond

      noted! we also have like #2 in the works!!!!

  • Isabelle McLeod

    best gifts for multiple friends on a small budget

  • Sarah

    All things glitter and bright 🙂