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.

Be Merry and Bright

Dinner Party Seating Strategies

Follow these simple rules for placing different personality types around your table.

What Is Your Best Holiday Travel Tip?

Readers share favorite tricks and strategies to make traveling easier. 

Etiquette Questions, Answered: Holidays and Gifts

Real Simple's Modern Manners columnist helps you navigate holiday etiquette.

How to Make the Holidays More Affordable

Don’t let money worries ruin your reindeer games. Here, insiders go off the record to spill their best-kept secrets for an affordable holiday season.

8 Holiday Time-Savers

Simplify the season with these baking secrets, shopping tips, cleaning tricks, and more.


Be Well

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.