Merry Christmas, Happy Festivus!

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       Sooooo festive. | Nancy Stiles

Hello loyal Gut Checkers. We just wanted to let y'all know that we will be taking a break today, December 24, and tomorrow, December 25 for the holiday. But since we love you so much, we're going to give you a GIF recap of what we'll be doing. Don't miss us too much.

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St. Louis Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve

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       Steak and spinach salad with feta at Mathew's Kitchen. | Jennifer Silverberg

Christmas is already stressful enough. Several fantastic restaurants will be open, offering delicious dinners. Pick from prix fixe or a full menu. Before you criticize us for "promoting" restaurants being open on Christmas Eve, keep in mind that it's a tradition for many people. If you're looking for a great dinner to get the in-laws out of the house, look no further.

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The 7 Best Eggnog-Flavored Treats to Brighten Your Holiday

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       Hey, it's OK if you don't like the liquid stuff. | Issac Wedin

Sometimes eggnog gets a bad rap. It may be an acquired taste, but there's more to enjoy besides those huge jugs of the pre-made stuff. Even if it's not your drink, plenty of bakeries and restaurants are offering eggnog-flavored treats to get you in the holiday spirit. It's basically the pumpkin spice of December. Check out our favorites after the jump.

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Local Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie

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       'Tis the season for peppermint bark. | George Larcher

Thanksgiving may be the holiday focused on food, but Christmas is a close second. There are so many treats to be had: baked goods, chocolates, peppermint, coffee. We know how y'all love to buy local, so we rounded up some great holiday gifts from local restaurants, shops and cafes. Your friends will thank you when they unwrap a delicious, hand-made goodie instead of a Starbucks gift card.

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