December 18, 2011 Best of the New - We are not publishing a Globe Magazine on December 25. We will return January 1 with our annual Bostonian of the Year issue.

Best Boston diversions of 2011

Not-your-average workouts, a Lego heaven, and the cutest babies at the zoo.

Boston’s best new restaurants of 2011

Retro burgers, a giant grocery store, and the cookie that could change your life.

Coupling


Gifts that mean something

Why a piece of sporting equipment rates as the most romantic present I’ve received. By Nancy Heiser

Dinner With Cupid


Blind date and all that jazz

Will these UMass alums find their rhythm at a late-night club?

Cooking

HAVING A BALLWith family and friends around for the holidays, cooks can recruit help with rolling the Monkey Bread dough in butter and spiced sugar – make it a tradition. Recipes for monkey bread

Traditional, overnight, and quick versions of the breakfast treat. By Adam Ried

Kitchen Aide

Recipe for glaze

By Adam Reid

Miss Conduct


How to deflect parenting interference

Dealing with sisterly meddling, plus permission to skip the family get-together. By Robin Abrahams

Style Watch

Retro party dressing

For fresh holiday looks, try rolling back the decades. By Tina Sutton

Behind the Scene

Boston Ballet's Robert Kretz performs a grand-jete during a Nutcracker dress rehearsal at the Opera House on November 25, 2011. Boston Ballet’s dancing bear

Globe photographer Essdras M Suarez got this shot of Robert Kretz’s impressive jump in full bear costume during a dress rehearsal for The Nutcracker.Boston Ballet’s dancing bear

On the Block

Single-family homes for sale in Upton

Three single-families for sale in the state’s fastest-growing community. By Vanessa Parks

Tales From the City

Santa, leave the toys and go . . .

Christmas chutzpah, and a kid who knows how to plan.

Boston Globe Magazine letters to the editor

Boston Globe Magazine’s 2012 calendar