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The Holiday Survival Guide

Oh, the holidays! The fun! The food! The family feuds and stressful traveling and blown budgets and. . . food. Here’s how to ride it all out.

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6 Ways to Have Healthy Holidays
The holidays bring their own set of challenges: too much food, too many parties, too much stress, too little time. Stay on the healthy track with these tips.

17 Holiday Health Tips
Follow this advice to enjoy a little holiday indulgence without sacrificing your health goals.

9 Healthy Holiday-Eating Strategies
Fend off holiday weight gain with these easy eating tricks.

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9 Holiday Pet Hazards

The holidays are a festive time, but the season brings added dangers for pets. Keep your furry friends away from these items to ensure a merry holiday for all.
Photo: Norah Levine Photography/Getty Images

10 Holiday Beauty Survival Tips

Holidays can take their toll on skin and hair, but you can lift your looks in minutes with these strategies and techniques.
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10 Easy Appetizer Ideas

The surest way to quiet hungry houseguests? These irresistibly delicious (and simple) party appetizers.
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5 Easy Holiday Party Outfits

Sparkle just as brightly as the holiday lights in festive pieces made for celebrating the season.
Photo: Photo: Manfred Koh; Styling: Julie Morrison at Mark Edward Inc.
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Gifts Gone Wrong

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Holiday Return Policy Guide
Before you head out to the store or mail back that unwanted gift, use this guide to navigate popular retailers’ return policies.

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Holiday Open-House Party Checklist

A candy cane-to-nuts schedule for a free-flowing get-together that leaves you plenty of time to enjoy your guests.

  • Send the invitations. Make it clear whether children are welcome. Include a definite ending time—4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is ideal—so guests don’t arrive while you’re mopping up.
  • Plan a stress-free menu. Serve foods that can be prepared ahead of time. Limiting beverages to sparkling water, juices, and red and white wine should satisfy everyone and makes a bartender unnecessary. Create a schedule of when each dish can be made, as well as a shopping list.
  • Reserve any needed rental items. The rule of thumb is two plates, forks, and glasses per guest. (Rental glasses—tumblers are more worry-free than stemware—are a time-saver, since you just rinse and return them.) Alternatively, approach friends about borrowing items.

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