We don’t know what we’re looking forward to most: the holidays, the holiday parties, or the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ve brought them all together here, with seasonal sweets, crafty cocktails, and an inside scoop on that galaxy far, far away. We’re also celebrating the end of 2015 with a look at the best in entertainment, business and wines. So grab a Christmas cookie, turn up that playlist, and raise a glass to your favorite Wookie!

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Editors' Picks

Ronda Rousey: The First Interview Since Her Stunning Loss

ESPN The Magazine

Ronda Rousey talks about her anger and sadness, and what it means to be a female athlete in both victory and defeat.

Pete Hamill's New New York

National Geographic

With a mix of wonder and regret, the renowned writer reflects on 72 years of transformation in his hometown, New York City.

A Navy Seal in Transition

GQ

In his 20-year career, Chris Beck served in Iraq, Africa, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now Chris is Kristin, and she is finally at home.

Person of the Year: Angela Merkel

TIME

She’s only the fourth woman to become TIME‘s Person of the Year since 1927. How did a humble scientist from East Germany become chancellor of the free world?

Star Wars: The Empire Is Back

Lucky VII

Wired

How J.J. Abrams went from awestruck superfan to Jedi master in his quest to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

An Empire Reboots

Vanity Fair

The new heroes! The old heroes! The high stakes! What to expect from the latest episode of the Star Wars saga.

How Star Wars Is Changing Hollywood

The Hollywood Reporter

With the movie’s release, Disney will learn the true value of its $4 billion investment in Lucasfilm.

The Awakening Begins

Entertainment Weekly

Behind the making of the most anticipated movie of the decade, with 32 pages of on-set secrets, a bigger and badder Death Star, and the disappearance of Luke Skywalker.

Holiday Entertaining

How to Master 5 Holiday Classics

Cooking Light

You don’t need to be a trained chef to pull off a celebratory feast! Expert tips and step-by-step guidance make these recipes practically foolproof.

Less Stress, Less Mess

HGTV Magazine

A rogue non-twinkling bulb. Shattered glass ornaments in your rug. Avoid such seasonal bummers with safe and clever holiday hacks!

Cookies & Cocktails

Coastal Living

Fun pairings of sweet treats and festive sips will take your holiday open house to the next level of delicious.

DIY Gourmet Gifts for Food Lovers

Ricardo

Gifts worthy of the foodie (or Fido) on your list. What could be better than homemade goodies from your kitchen?

2015 Hits and Highlights

Best Albums, Singles and TV Shows of 2015

Rolling Stone

From Adele to Mr. Robot to The Weeknd: See who made Rolling Stone‘s list of the year’s best music and TV.

Slack: Company of the Year

Inc. Magazine

If your business isn’t already using Slack, it will be soon. Get ready to kiss email goodbye.

Top 100 Wines of 2015

Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast editors tested nearly 20,000 wines to narrow the list down to 100. Take it with you next time you hit the wine shop!

Our Favorite Books of 2015

O, The Oprah Magazine

Patti Smith’s not-to-be-missed new memoir, Gloria Steinem’s life of activism and the next installment in the Dragon Tattoo series. These are reads to be savored.

New Issues

Men's Journal

Family Circle

Sports Illustrated

Elle