Ho, ho, ho. The Christmas holiday season has officially begun, as Councilwoman Inez Dickins hosted her traditional holiday party. Invited guests of all faiths, religions and backgrounds filled the Kennedy Center to the rafters to spread good cheer.

Connie Drayton; District Leader Earnestine Bell Temple; Assemblyman and Chairman of the State Assembly Labor Committee Keith Wright; former New York Gov. David Paterson, along with his brother, Daniel, and father, Basil; Shirley Scott; Jean West; Darryl T. Downing; photographer to the stars Karl Crutchfield; Judge Tanya Kennedy sporting a new hairdo; and oh so many elected officials, including Rep. Charles Rangel and representatives from the Bronx attended. Oh my, I’m exhausted just thinking about it. It was full of good food, good music and good friends all giving a kiss-kiss.

Not to be outdone, the Brooklyn Oldtimers gathered at Autun’s for their 41st anniversary benefit. Filled with nostalgia and dancing to the music of Dave Brown and the Versatiles’ “Everybody Get Up!” the event was so much fun. Guests didn’t mind at all that the speeches were rather lengthy, because the jokes, told by master of ceremonies and board member Lawrence Boatwright, were funny.

2013 distinguished honorees were Cecilia Deterville, chemical research coordinator, New York University Langone Medical Center; Doris Bin-Bowser, retired microbiologist, New York City Department of Health & Hospitals; and John Johnson, retired police officer and board member and treasurer of Brooklyn Oldtimers Foundation. Of course, everyone ate too much at the open buffet, and the eggnog was really a nice touch. Looking forward to the 50th.

The website of the week award goes to www.eileenfisher.com. The site is engaging, entertaining and informative. As you will see, it’s more than just about the clothes. Worthy in their own right, the clothes are designed with more than fashion in mind.

The site gives a look “behind the label,” taking the reader on an exploratory trip to Peru to visit the farms where organic cotton is grown and where the alpaca roam. After taking one look at the doe-eyed animal, how can you resist wanting to wear a garment shaven from such a beautiful animal? It makes you feel beautiful too.

Though you could stop right there, the site goes on to expound upon its core values. Protecting the environment in the manufacturing of the fabrics and employing fair trade practices to enhance the lives of the people who make clothes—that is where true beauty comes from. (As we always tell Julia, if you want to be beautiful on the outside, you have to be beautiful on the inside.) The site even shows how to sew on a button, which was news to me. I cook, I clean, I do the wash, but I do not sew, not even buttons. Now, I no longer have an excuse.

Of course, there is a glimpse of the designer herself, Eileen Fisher, and her staff. Also, be sure to watch the fashion show video. Knowing what goes into the clothes that you wear and what the company stands for takes shopping to another level; after viewing this site, you may never dress the same again.

Up next week is the 50th wedding anniversary party honoring Rubie and James Malone. The event is black-tie, and it’s a party I can hardly wait to attend. The Malones have a most romantic story, the details of which I won’t try to recite. I do remember, though, that it was love at first sight for James Malone, as Ruby Malone was a little hard to get, but not too hard. Best wishes to you two; you are an inspiration to us all.

Are you getting your Christmas list together and checking it twice? Stuck on what to get Uncle Bob or cousin Sue? How about a book? Whether a Nook, hardcover book or paperback book, reading never goes out of style. Available just in time for the holiday season is “Sunny’s Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life,” a cookbook by Sunny Anderson, Food Network’s host of “Cooking for Real” and “Home Made in America with Sunny Anderson.” For those who love to cook and those who can’t, “Sunny’s Kitchen” presents 125 simple recipes, so there is something for everyone. Yummy.

Another good read is “A Mayor’s Life,” by former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. Dinkins met with a crowd of friends and fans at a book signing, held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, where he spoke with Sam Penceal, president of the David Dinkins Tennis Club. Dinkins delighted the audience as he spoke about his inspiration for the book. The event was co-sponsored by the David Dinkins Tennis Club and the Harlem Cultural Archives, two not-for-profit organizations working to restore luster in Harlem. Among those on hand were Channel 7 newscaster Lori Stokes; Glenn Hunter, co-executive director of the Harlem Cultural Archives; and photographer Ken Sargent.

I am profoundly sorry at the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela and Harlem’s Isabell Dennis Cummings. It is so interesting to me that these two souls should pass simultaneously. Though they were worlds apart, both were of the same spirit—a spirit that celebrates humanity, justice, forgiveness and commitment to a cause built upon truth and loving kindness. While there may never be another like Mandela or Ms. Dennis (as I always called her), we can all aspire to carry the torch, and this is what will help to make a better world.

Remember, there is still time to get off Santa’s naughty list, so do the best you can.

Until next week … kisses