"I don't know what to say, but it's Christmas and we're all in misery." If this Christmas Vacation quote sums up how you feel about spending the holidays with family, then this article from the Wall Street Journal is a must-read. Even if you don't have the so-called dysfunctional family, there are smart tips to help everyone get a handle on even the smallest of squabbles.
Children have been leaving cookies and milk out for Santa Claus since the 1930s. While a napkin with a few Chips Ahoy is plenty enough to make the big man smile late at night, we think Santa deserves a little treat this year. The idea isn't to mess with tradition, but to create a new one by trying a different recipe or new project with your little ones. Here are some of our favorite ways to elevate this Christmas institution:
The holidays are one of those rare times when entire families are together, ensuring no one will be missing from great pictures and memories. However, if you often find that you are not hugely excited about about the images that come out of these wonderful days, there are a few things you can do to make more memorable images.
When I was a teenager, I was mystified by the holiday tipping guides in magazines: do all grownups have a hairdresser/dogwalker/doorman, and fret annually about how much/whether to tip them? Growing up- and 14 years in customer service- has taught me that it doesn't have to be so fraught...
I feel like I've been conditioned to despise Poinsettias. They're everywhere this time of year. And so cheap and easy to find—I guarantee you can get one for $5 right now at the grocery. I thought there was no luster left for me when it comes to the common Poinsettia, but these modern takes on the colorful flowery plant have made me reconsider. I think I'll pick one up on my way home tonight.
If your dad is anything like mine, he's awesome, loves granola, art, and science, and is still introducing you to cool stuff ("Fine, I'll give Dr. Who a try I guess, dad..."). What do you give the dude who gave you life? Here are some ideas:
My family lives in Florida. My husband's family is in Michigan. Unless somebody wants to bring back the Concorde and give us first-class tickets, it's impossible for us Atlantans to see all of our nearest and dearest on Christmas day. Instead, we spend the end of the year gathering gifts and shipping them away— to family, to friends, even to Secret Santa recipients halfway around the world. It gets... expensive.
Every day in kindergarten, my son has calendar time. The kids talk about the days of the week, months of the year, and upcoming holidays. For children getting a grasp on these concepts, a wall calendar makes an ideal gift. Here are a few that are easy to read and beautiful.
Are you hosting a special dinner this winter season? My favorite way to dress up a table is with some simple greens and plenty of candles. You can use clippings from your yard and your holiday tree; you can even use herbs from your kitchen if you have an over abundance. Here are five lovely arrangements to get you inspired.
I look at the many House Tours that are featured on this site as a treasure trove of inspiration, and the holidays are no exception. Oftentimes when we shoot around the holidays, the spaces are decked out in Christmas decor and the homeowners personal style always shine through. Here are a few of my favorite examples: