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.

3 Super-Simple and Festive Holiday Trees for Your Wall

No room for a tree? Try any one of these easy-to-create alternatives instead.

Elf-Sized Treats

It’s no secret that Santa is well-fed on Christmas Eve, thanks to the millions of cookies set out for his consumption (and, by the looks of it, he’s not starving the rest of the year either). Sadly, the hardworking Christmas elves are often overlooked, and despite the hours they spend fine-tuning and tinkering with the toys, no one thinks to leave them a tasty treat—until now.

Clever Ideas for Storing Your Christmas Decorations

With a few smart storage moves, your holiday trimmings will be leaping out of hibernation and onto your tree with ease.

4 Crafts for Extra Christmas Tree Branches

Don’t waste those extra branches—try these easy projects instead.

Christmas Tree Decorating Hacks

The Rockefeller Center Tree has just been lit in New York City and it’s got us thinking about the best (and easiest) ways to decorate our own holiday firs.

Creative Gifts for Parents

Creative picks for the moms and dads on Santa’s list.

Take a Look at the White House's Holiday Decorations

The decorations honor the importance of service, friends and family, education, and good health.

3 Genius Christmas Tree Ideas for Small Spaces

Three stunning tabletop trees fit for small spaces.

11 Adorable Ways to Dress Up Your Bed for the Holidays

Spruce up your kids’ sleeping space with these fun seasonal picks.