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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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    10 Cute, Creative Birthday Cake Alternatives

    Instead of blowing out the candles on a traditional birthday cake this year, why not celebrate with these deliciously fun...

    Is Your Dad Like This? A Comedy Writer’s Awkward Phone Calls with Father

    No matter how much you love your father, certain phone conversations can be irritating … or irritatingly hilarious.

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    14 Mini Essays That Prove the Meaning of Love in 100 Words or Less

    Readers share their most romantic moments in these short, sweet tales of love, both young and old. Have a story...

    How This Chance Meeting at the Ganges Changed 5 Lives Forever

    An impromptu lesson in kindness inspires one man to give an incredible gift to a complete stranger and his family....

    5 Genius Ideas for Decorating Store-Bought Cookies

    Look what you can do with a bag of grocery-aisle cookies and some creative (and easy) decorating tricks!

    The Gift and the Guilt of the Sole Survivor

    The odds of surviving even the most serious plane crash are 76 percent. The odds of being the only one...

    Malcolm Gladwell on the Late Bloomer Phenomenon

    If you haven't discovered your exceptional gift yet, you're in good company. Mark Twain, Alfred Hitchcock, and Cézanne all reached...

    Nick Offerman Says, Make Your Own Darn Gift

    A gentleman craftsman builds the case for giving without buying.

    8 Quick Grilled Chicken Recipes From Six Sisters’ Stuff

    The bloggers at Six Sisters' Stuff know how to make a quick and tasty chicken dinner with just a few...

    4 Veterans’ Stories: A Look at Heroes Returning Home

    These service members show that heroism continues off the battlefield, too.

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    Meet the Prisoner With a Gift for Healing Dogs

    Sixty dogs changed one man's life as much as he changed theirs.

    Editor’s Note: This Herring Says I Love You

    A Christmas tradition illustrates the true meaning of love.

    How to Make Deviled Eggs Perfectly

    Short a deviled eggs recipe? A fresh look at how to make this iconic appetizer.

    6 Christmas Stories of Wonder and Love

    It's a perfect time to read about how other families experience the joy of the season.

    The Ultimate Recipe for Tender Loving Brisket

    This brisket recipe comes from Roberta Greenberg, longtime assistant to the rabbis at Temple Emanu-El, a well-known New York City...

    14 Christmas Traditions from Around the World That You’ll Want to Steal

    Christmas traditions vary greatly from continent to continent, but you don’t need to take a trip around the world to...

    Crafty: Christmas Tree Out of Reader’s Digest Magazines (PHOTOS)

    Reader's Digest is the perfect size to make this simple, fun, magazine Christmas craft. Fold away!

    The Best Cleaning Tips and Tricks for a Dinner Party

    Try these ten clever uses for everyday household items and you'll have your home party-ready in no time.

    “Weird Al” Yankovic: Genius, Hoarder, Weasel-Lover

    He has six platinum records, three Grammy awards for inescapable spoofs like "Fat" and "Eat It," and a perpetually sold-out...

    The Museum at Ground Zero: A Sneak Peek

    Get up close to a few of the special items that will be on display when the National September 11...

    The True Story of Two Men Who Found Fatherhood on the Subway

    An abandoned baby and a judge with a hunch turned two New York men into parents.

    Creative Birthday Cake Decorating Ideas from Extreme Cakeovers

    From the book Extreme Cakeovers: Make a birthday kid smile with these adorable ideas that use store-bought ingredients.

    Infographic: Learn More About Wine

    There's more to finding the right wine than choosing a white or a red. But moving past that simple distinction...

    22 Delicious Pancake Mix-ins

    Make your favorite pancakes extra delicious with these fun, unexpected mix-ins.

    Christmas Stories: The Gold and Ivory Tablecloth

    A pastor’s impulsive purchase leads to an incredible reunion. Coincidence—or divine guidance? You be the judge in this story of...

    5 Secrets to Buying Really Good, Affordable Table Wine

    Follow these tips to pick great wines for less.

    Cupcake Ideas So Crazy Only a Mad Genius Could Invent Them

    Stefani Pollack, the creative cook behind the "fun, experimental" blog The Cupcake Project, thinks up, bakes up, and eats up...