We hope today's a day when you're eating well, getting some extra sleep, taking a hike, relaxing with friends and family...or some combination. But in case you’re checking email, check out this slideshow.

Reading on the couch, gift-swapping with the neighbors, binge-watching The Wire while the kids are home from college: Today’s lead story features a dozen well-designed and inviting places to sit down, kick back, and take some time off. Merry Christmas!