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Holidays 242 Stories

With an overblown, all-out, retail-fueled holiday frenzy at one extreme and an all-natural, homemade Christmas worthy of Little House on the Prairie at the other, I’m guessing most of us have a holiday that lies somewhere in the middle. If you find yourself struggling to balance a desire for simplicity and sharing...
A Celebration of Design at Holiday House NYC 2014
Sophisticated lounges, relaxing retreats, crystal-filled tablescapes, art from around the world and imaginative rethinking of holidays and celebrations define the displays done by designers in this year’s Holiday...
3 Recipes for Foraged Holiday Table Decor
These three simple table settings emphasize the beauty of the season without adding to the holiday load. They feature ingredients that could be snipped from your garden, picked up off the sidewalk or easily found at the local market. And if you can’t...
Make Your Own Mini Advent Village
As the big day approaches, what could be sweeter than opening up a little treat-filled Advent house each morning? Follow this step-by-step guide to create a unique village that will keep the little ones — and not-so-little ones — entertained on the...
A Fresh and Fun Hanukkah Dessert Table and Wrapping Station
Beginning December 16, friends and family will come together for eight days to celebrate Hanukkah. How about giving your celebrations a fresh spin this year with a dressed-up dessert table and gift wrapping table? Each table features easy-to-arrange decor...
Celebrating Kwanzaa: Honor African Heritage All Over the Home
If you feel like extending your holiday festivities beyond Christmas, then consider embracing Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration honoring African heritage in African...
Sweeten Your Days With a DIY Advent Calendar
Using an Advent calendar is a fun way for children and adults to count down the days until Christmas. Every day during December, you discover a small gift or sweet to make your day a little brighter. Why not craft one yourself? Here’s a DIY Advent calendar...
Make a Traditional Fresh Holiday Wreath the Easy Way
Whether on a front door or above a mantel, few things convey the holidays better than a fresh wreath. Tracy Goldman of Sabellico’s Florist breaks down the process of making a wreath of mixed greenery into eight...
Find Your Christmas Tree Personality
Every Christmas tree reflects its owner’s personal taste, whether it’s modern rustic, bohemian glam, steadfastly traditional...
8 Creative Accents to Set Your Holiday Table Apart
It's that time of year again, when dried leaves crunch under the soles of your boots, the evening air is crisp and it's time to gather with family and friends for food and drink. I recently asked some experts — including...
Gift Giving the Simple-ish Way
Every year in the weeks preceding Christmas, I say, “This year we’re keeping things simple!” and every year there are places where I do that. Also, every year, as anyone who has seen my tree covered with hundreds of ornaments could tell...
Make a Long-Lasting Eucalyptus Holiday Wreath
Fragrant and textured, this wild eucalyptus and juniper wreath can be a pleasant addition to a front door or a wall above a fireplace mantel. Tracy Goldman of Sabellico’s Florist breaks down the steps.
A Contractor's Secrets to Hanging Holiday Decor
Whether you're looking for a spot to put up your Christmas wreath for a week or need something more permanent, hanging decor on the exterior or interior of your home can be tricky sometimes. Where you're hanging it makes all the difference. Here are a...
Sweeten Your Hanukkah With a Dessert Table for All Ages
Brooke Pratt wants her family's dessert table to shout the arrival of the holidays this year. "I like things to be larger than life. It's just how I work," says Pratt, the crafter and maker behind Sucre...
One Table, Two Holiday Settings
Make setting your holiday table fun, simple and inexpensive by transforming one set of basic centerpiece items for both fall and winter feasts. The trick is to keep things natural, using fresh herbs, branches, seasonal fruits and other pretty items you...
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