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Welcome to our annual celebration of this most joyous season. I’m not kidding. The holidays are a great time to lose your cynical self, even if only for a couple of days, and maybe be more empathetic, more thoughtful, more giving than normally. Local nonprofits are struggling 365 but are in even worse shape now in what should be their most rewarding time of year. Read all about it in these pages, along with some killer vegan holiday recipes, a rundown of what local taprooms are doing to be festive, a locally sourced gift guide, a lowdown on all of the great video games and local tunes that are coming out now, and so much more. It’s a gift, this issue, that we’re giving to you – in all earnestness and with just a little bit of that Weekly spice that you love so much. Enjoy.