Rue Horoscopes: December

We may not be experts on astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Admit it: you love being needed (okay, who doesn’t?), and this month you’re serving as a real-life hero to everyone around you. Think about  it – you saved your best girlfriend from a near-disaster fashion emergency (sequins aren’t for everyone), scored huge on Cyber Monday, and looked layered to perfection while doing it. All you need now is a (stylish) face mask.

We’ll just call you Little Miss Popular. From work functions to holiday and dinner parties, your social calendar is as packed as your closets are stuffed with presents. How will you survive? Easy. Just stock up on at-home spa products (or make some yourself), light at least five candles, turn off the cell, and give yourself a bona fide spa day – right at home.

During this crazy time of year, everyone could use an extra hand. From the neighbor who helped you rig up the lights to the coworker who finished your last project, they all deserve a perfectly personal thank-you. Enter: the mason jar. Whether filled with cookie ingredients, hot chocolate mix, or a floating votive with holly and berries, this DIY says it all for you.

Like it or not, rumors happen. Counteract any negative energy floating around with some serious holiday spirit. Deck the halls (literally – the whole house, even the halls), make a batch of cookies for your coworkers, and O.D. on holiday music. With so much merriment surrounding you, there’s no room for Grinches.

Ready. Set. Relax. Work may seem crazy now, but there are much more important things that should take precedence this time of year. First: Shopping – seriously, it’s the one time of year when even your significant other wants you to. Second: Feasting – from appetizers to desserts (with wine in between) there is so much deliciousness to get into. Third… who needs a third?

Lucky for you (and your gift recipients), you’ve been feeling creative recently. So it’s looking like everyone will get something of the homemade variety this year. Start with Pinterest, then go nuts. Hand-paint ornaments. Knit a scarf. Turn your favorite photos into a calendar. Just know that everyone’s expectations will forever be raised.

A matter of fact: unexpressed emotions will always come back to haunt you. So save yourself a visit from the ghosts of past, present, and future by laying it all out on the table this season. Thank your sister for her constant support with a cashmere throw. Let Dad know you appreciate him with a timeless ticker. And gift your sweetheart with a weekend away – just the two of you.

With visiting-relative season looming, make sure you take care of a couple of necessities beforehand to ensure a peaceful holiday. Translation? Stock the fridge with a few of everyone’s favorite items, add extra touches to the guest bathroom for a hotel-like feel, and make sure the in-laws know they’ll be sleeping on an air mattress.

This time of year, there are a lot of big decisions to make (does Mom want a cashmere sweater or an iPod dock?). Here to help you through it all? Gift lists galore. It’s an old trick, but they save you from making spur-of-the-moment decisions that are non-returnable. Another coping strategy? Chocolate – lots of it.

You know exactly what you want: a sleek leather briefcase for Dad, a delicate crystal ornament for the kindly neighbor, and homemade cupcakes for the book club. But what about you? With all the upcoming party hosting, you’ll need the best yes-my-home-is-always-this-immaculate outfit. A perfect-fit, A-line dress and a little (okay, a lot of) sparkle should do the trick.

Forward-thinking isn’t your strong point (as evidenced by your incomplete gift list), but there’s a fix for such a condition. Instead of gifting things, opt for experiences instead. A manicure at her favorite salon, tickets to an upcoming show, a night out at their favorite restaurant. ‘Tis the season for giving, and these are the kinds of presents that send you to the gifting Hall of Fame (even if they’re last minute).

Temptation isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Remember that I-must-have-this-immediately feeling you had about that fur hat? You’ve worn it once. So this year, make sure that dress you’re lusting over for the holiday party is totally worth it. Flattering, corset bodice? Check. Made for sky-high heels? Check. Jewel-tone hue that makes your eyes pop? Bought, bagged, and already in the closet.

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