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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Christmas Scavenger Hunt

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Christmas scavenger hunts are typically a way to keep the kids from ripping through their presents in a flash. But in my family, the scavenger hunts began when we were much older, in high school. My brother, sister, and I kept asking for cash and gift cards for Christmas, so my mom and dad devised [...]

The Best Holiday Scents

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The sugary scent of grandma’s cookies, the brisk pine needles of evergreens, the toasty scent of crackling wood in the fire—they all make up our favorites. Nothing says Christmas quite like those iconic holiday smells. Being in the city this holiday season has presented some olfactory problems for me. My apartment doesn’t have a fireplace, [...]

Holiday Cookie Swap

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I’ll be home in Missouri for Christmas, but I’m starting my festivities early with some holiday parties in the city. First up, my neighbors are throwing a cookie-swap party! One of the pressures of being a Martha Stewart Living employee is that my friends expect something scrumptious from me. However, I’m embarrassed to admit that baking [...]

5 D.I.Y. Holiday Decorations

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There’s no better time than the holidays to craft. There are so many festive ideas out there and so many cold days best spent indoors working on a project. However, we know the holiday season can get busy, so here are a few fun decorations that make spending the time totally worth it—their over-the-top sizes [...]

A Sweet, Simple Personalized Gift

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I love gifting (and receiving) goodies that have been personalized for the recipient. There’s something so special about a gift that could only go to the person receiving it. Bonus points for the gift-giving high you feel when you find the perfect thing (like when I found my friend with the last name Miller a [...]

9 Holiday Dinner Recipes

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When my colleagues in the test kitchen happened upon my red folder titled “Holiday Recipes” they poked a little good-humored fun (it was the first week of October). Now that December has finally arrived, let’s talk Christmas! Some of my friends think it’s extreme that I plan dinner before I’ve had breakfast, so this is [...]

Our Finds: Handmade Advent Calendars

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I’ve always loved the tradition of the advent calendar and counting down the days until Christmas. Handmade ones are especially meaningful because you can personalize what each day holds (a piece of chocolate, a classic winter activity, an ornament). With December right around the corner, here are a few that caught my eye. Weekend project, [...]

How We Know It’s the Holidays

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Around here, we’ve been talking about the holiday season since Labor Day. We create new traditions every year with twists on classic dishes and  new interpretations of old favorites (like our Christmas cracker-inspired story in this month’s issue). However, the most meaningful things we do this time of year are the things we’ve always done, [...]