Memo Pad: Peeking Behind the Wall...Holiday Cheer — Sort of...

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HOLIDAY CHEER — SORT OF: There are certain black-letter days in the life of the average office worker, but for many it is the annual holiday party that inspires the most dread, for the forced conviviality and canned holiday cheer. The recession had wiped out this ritual throughout the media world — but now, two years later, the holiday party is back (at least for some).

So where are they heading?

Rivals Elle and Vogue have chosen The Standard’s pricy hot spots, Le Bain and The Rooftop, respectively. Le Bain is known for its hot tub, which makes the party all the more intriguing. W’s staff will gather at The Lamb’s Club; Lucky’s crew will drink at Scottish gastropub Highlands in the West Village; Allure is at the Kenmare, and GQ is taking over Don Hill’s.

The Atlantic will head uptown to “tequila library” La Biblioteca, while Glamour will gather once again at Cindi Leive’s home in Brooklyn. Details is planning a return to the “Roaring Twenties” at The Blind Barber (it seems appropriate at this point to mention that WWD is returning to the Sixties with a “Mad Men”-themed party on Friday, one floor up from its office at 750 Third Avenue). The New Yorker — way ahead of the pack — got its celebration out of the way last week, at Paris Commune.

And while the party is back for the employees at Condé Nast and Time Inc., Hearst is again skipping the big event, and individual titles such as Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and Town & Country have not planned formal celebrations, noted a spokesman. — Amy Wicks

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