Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by taking advantage of Christmas cookies' affinity for freezing. Each Santa-special treat can freeze for up to three months.

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Steal This Home's Cottage-Style Decorations!

Warm and welcoming, cottage style is effortless and translates perfectly into the holiday season. Mix old and new for a flexible Christmas decorating style that you can make your own -- here┬┐s how Kelly, the blogger at Talk of the House, shows off her cottage style.

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Christmas Ornament Crafts

Keep these handmade Christmas ornaments for yourself, or use them as one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season. Each of these 20+ Christmas ornament crafts is easy to make and perfect for this year's Christmas decorating.

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Our Best Cookie-in-a-Jar Recipes

In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.

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Decorated Christmas Trees

The star of your Christmas decorations -- the tree! -- deserves extra attention. Here are four diverse looks you should consider for your tree decorating scheme.

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Pretty Christmas Wreaths

Deck the halls with these gorgeous winter wreaths that will bring holiday cheer to your Christmas decor. Christmas wreaths are often made with fir, but we share alternative wreath supplies that could inspire this year's front door.

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Genius Christmas Hacks

Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.

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Simple Step-By-Step Christmas Decorations

No time to deck the house for Christmas? No worries. Use basic holiday decorations and everyday items to get your home ready for company.

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    • Simple Solution

      All you need is the basics. Mix clay pots with glassware and ball ornaments for an easy mantel display. Use a variety of glassware to show off candles, ornaments, pinecones and greenery. Drape red ribbon in glassware and drape throughout. The next four slides show you step-by-step ways to create this holiday scene.

    • Old is New Again

      Keep those clay pots. They make great decorating tools for mantel displays and centerpieces. Create a unique "flower" in a clay pot with a wine glass, ornaments, and tissue paper. Simply place a wine glass in the clay pot and crumple tissue paper around the base of the glass. Fill the glass with mini ornaments for a flowerlike effect.

    • Elegant Glassware

      Pretty glassware is a simple way to decorate at the last-minute. Small ornament balls look elegant on a Christmas table when put in glassware. Don't limit yourself to wine glasses. Beer, martini, or glass bowls make elegant decorating tools.

    • Ornament Balls

      Decorating has never been so easy. Just choose a variety of ornament balls in different sizes to begin. Make sure to pick a color scheme and stick to it. Mini ornaments fit nicely in martini, beer, or wine glasses. Add greenery with the ornaments for instant elegance.

    • Doorway Display

      Didn't have time to buy a wreath this year? Don't fret. Dig through the closet and find a large purse or bag. Use ribbon, ornaments, and greenery to quickly embellish it. The next four slides show you how.

    • The Bag Wreath

      A large bag no longer in use makes for easy, quick decorating. Choose a bag that can easily hang on a doorknob and that complements the colors of your holiday decorating. Line the inside with a plastic bag and stuff with newspaper.

    • Ready Ribbon

      Have the ribbon ready. Make sure to choose ribbon that coordinates with your bag of choice. Purchase a variety of ribbon with different textures and widths. Layer them as you tie the ribbon into a bow around the handle of the bag.

    • Glistening Ornaments

      Attach two ornaments near the bow of the ribbon with wire. The clean white of these sparkling ornaments goes well with the red ribbon and neutral tones of the bag.

    • Go Green

      Clip twigs and evergreen branches from trees in the yard. Place inside the tote so they lay to one side. To protect the door display from winter's elements, bring the tote inside overnight.

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      Tiered Celebration Centerpiece

      Prepare a seasonal arrangement with ready accessories in the kitchen. To make this look, see the next three slides.

      Editor's Tip: Instead of using place cards at the table, try bright-color wide ribbons to mark each place setting. Write names on them with a white or silver fabric paint pen, then drape across each plate.

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      Stack Away

      Stack mixing bowls, cake plates, cake pans or gelatin molds and dress them with your own holiday baubles. In this tiered centerpiece, we stacked four mixing bowls together. Place a cereal bowl upside-down between each layer to separate them and keep them stable (see previous slide).

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      Fill Them Up

      Fill up mixing bowls with mini glass ornaments. We used white ornaments for the top layer and red ones for the middle layer.

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      Natural Texture

      Add a variety of nuts, dried pods, and greenery to layers of the centerpiece to play off of the glossy white and red ornaments.

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      Pillow Present

      Tie wide ribbons around solid-color pillows as if they're gifts going under the Christmas tree. Place them on chairs, sofas, or beds for instant holiday color.

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      Christmas Boots

      Dress up your Christmas boots with twigs, greenery, and ribbon for a welcoming entry. To protect the boots, layer plastic bags and stuff newspaper on the insides. Add weight with rocks or marbles to keep the boots from tipping. Tie a bow around each boot with ribbon, and secure a small piece of an evergreen branch to drape down one side.

      Editor's Tip: Use bright red or green children's rain boots for a more playful arrangement.

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      Tied Twigs

      A bundle of wintry brown twigs makes a great hanging decoration to put on a door, above a mantel, or on a wall above a buffet table. Wrap a wide rubber band around to secure the cut ends of the twigs. Tuck one branch of greens inside the rubber band (we used eucalyptus). Wrap a pretty ribbon around the top to hide the rubber band. Make a loop at the top of the ribbon to hang from a nail.

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      Pretty Christmas Living Rooms

      Don't stop at the Christmas tree -- extend your Christmas decorations through the whole living room. These Christmas decorating ideas will have your space overflowing with cheer, whatever your decorating style.
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