Christmas

Prepping for Christmas goes way beyond shopping for gifts. Of course, the presents are nice—but an entire month of festivities is what really makes the season so merry. Once December rolls around, it’s time to kick your shopping, decorating, and baking efforts into high gear. Get yourself in the spirit by lighting a woodsy or seasonally scented candle. The scent of the season wafting through your home is sure to inspire your creativity as you finalize those Christmas party ideas (there is, in fact, a scientific reason why the holidays smell so good). Then, pop in one of your favorite holidays movies and pick out some festive Christmas crafts to create. Don’t forget to spend some time finalizing your holiday menu a week or two ahead of the event—there are plenty of make-ahead recipes that will help you relax and enjoy the party just as much as your guests are. And, don’t worry, we have plenty of gift ideas, too, so you can cross that off your to-do list, as well.

How to Make a Moscow Mule

This 3-ingredient cocktail never fails to satisfy.

5 Genius Ways to Style a Bar Cart for Every Occasion

It’s a serving station when you’re entertaining, a display spot when you’re not. Here are five top-shelf setups.

9 Ways to Simplify Party Planning

These expert tips promise to make your gathering stress-free.

3 Unique Ways to Wrap a Gift

Add some extra details to your holiday gifts with these paper techniques. Here’s how to create pop-up, pleated, and fringe-adorned presents.

Pop-up Gift Wrap That Will Bring Your Presents to Life

This 3D technique provides some serious wow factor for both kids and adults. Take some scenic or graphic wrapping paper and use the details on it to create some cool pop-up shapes.

Glamorous Fringe Tassels to Trim Your Presents

This is the perfect way to jazz up plain gift wrap. Add some trendy, tinsel-like tassels to your presents for an ultra-festive detail.

An Impressive (but Easy!) Pleated Gift Wrap Idea

Don’t stop at just one kind of wrapping paper—add a pleated band in a complementary color for a sophisticated, layered look.

The Surprising Ways People Cope With Holiday Stress 

And three science-backed ways to beat it.

How to Actually Get Some Sleep During the Holidays

So you can make the most out of this season's celebrations.