Holiday Traditions and Connections
Inspiring holiday tales and recipes, plus tips for keeping in touch with loved ones this season.
Inspiring Holiday Traditions
Thanksgiving Is a Beast
The trifecta of family, overcrowded rooms, and excesses of food and drink can bring out the insanity in anybody. But as Karen Russell attests, even the craziest holiday—when spent with loved ones—is something to be grateful for.
What Is Your Most Unique Holiday Tradition?
Real Simple readers share the uncostumary customs they celebrate year after year.
If you want to navigate the season’s mailing frenzy with less stress, follow these tips to make sure your holiday cards are bought, stamped, and shipped on time.
- Update your address list. Go through your address book and update any information that’s changed since last year. Fill in any missing information and make sure zip codes are accurate (omitting a zip code is better than including the wrong one). Find ZIP codes or ZIP +4’s at usps.com.
- Write a list of the people to whom you will be sending cards. Send them ideas for what kind you’d like to send (photo cards, e-cards, good-old-fashioned paper), where you will purchase them, and the estimated amount each card will cost.
- Shop for cards. Some stores put holiday goods out by Halloween. You’ll get the best selection if you start early. And if you’re ordering cards
online, you’ll want to have plenty of time for them to arrive. You can skip a mailing step later by ordering from a site like
finestationery.com, which gives you the option of ordering coordinating return-address labels.
Related: 36 Festive Holiday Cards