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My best Christmas was the year we had Ken and Barbie at the top of our tree. We had an angel first, for Christmas Day, but then we had Ken and Barbie. Let me explain. When my daughter was four, I hired a ballet dancer to babysit for a few… Read More
Tip: Brush a little alcohol- or liqueur-flavored syrup on jelly roll before covering with jelly, if desired.
Help for Holiday Stress
Shopping/wrapping/spending got you down? Try planning your day, keeping your desk neat, and making a to-do list. People emphasize the wrong things when they try to cut down on stress, says psychologist Robert … Read More
Short of a gym membership from your spouse, it’s the holiday surprise no one wants: the ornament-laden Christmas tree that tips over and crashes to the floor.
Nothing adds warmth and festiveness to those family gatherings like giving Aunt Edna three hot toddies and building a fire in a fireplace. Before you strike a match, though, make sure you check this safety list.
You could really use a new dishwasher, and your daughter is dying for a pair of pearl earrings for Christmas. Unfortunately, you don’t have the funds to make two big purchases this fall. Or do you?
Layaway plans have been making a … Read More
We’re in the midst of the biggest shopping frenzy of the year – it’s those last few days during which so many of us completely lose sight of the carefully budgeted shopping lists that we created back in October and start shelling out … Read More
1. Homemade Ornaments: A good Christmas tree can never have too many ornaments – especially ones bursting with memories. Have an old ski lift ticket from a family trip? Don’t know what to do with the ticket stub from your first date with … Read More
‘Tis the season to celebrate dinners at home, dining out and, especially, raising a glass at holiday parties. To help navigate the often sticky situation of “Which Fork Do I Use?” here’s dining advice from Pamela Eyring, … Read More