Holidays

Sure, they roll around at the same time every year, but somehow it’s still easy to be caught off-guard. Never again! Whether you’re planning ahead or at the very last minute, these handy holiday guides will help you make the most of your celebrations all year long.

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Christopher who? More and more of the country is rethinking how they celebrate the second Monday in October.


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What a manicure taught me about love, happiness, and my mom.

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I was dreading my quarantine birthday. How would I celebrate my milestone year sans party, cake, and gifts?


How My Mother’s Lipstick Ritual Is Bringing Me Strength During Coronavirus

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