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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Window Dressing

Throw your dormant window boxes a design curve with one of these creative ideas.

A simple garland of blueberries and kumquats accents a window box brimming with votive candles and ice wreaths. To make your own ice wreath, place a coffee can weighted with rocks in the center of a square metal baking pan, add an inch or so of distilled water, and partially freeze. Place greenery on top of the partially frozen water, then add more water and refreeze. Gently pop the wreath out of the pan (and remove the coffee can) by dipping the pan in warm water. Nestle the wreath into soil in your window box or brace it with blocks of ice, then place a pillar candle behind it.

Birch branches, moss, magnolia leaves, and floral foam (all available at crafts and floral supply stores) aren't just for indoor flower arrangements. They bring texture and color to an off-season window box.

Birch Branch Window Box Instructions

Glass containers nestled into sand add color to a window box all winter long. (Choose colors that complement each other; we used blue and green.) Place votive, pillar, and tapered candles in some bottles; top others with an upside-down electrical glass insulator. Sprinkle glass chips or marbles to cover the exposed sand. Keep an eye on the burning candles, and remember to blow them out before you go to bed.

Frozen Luminaries. Use two metal cans (one large and one small) to turn distilled water, assorted greenery, and colorful fruit into ice luminaries.

Bend paddle wire around the smaller can to suspend it in the larger can. Fill the larger can about one-third full of water, and freeze. Insert greens and fruit into the larger cylinder, add more water, and freeze again. Slip the luminary out of the container by dipping it in warm water. Place a votive or pillar candle in the inset, and set the luminary along a path or on your porch steps. Keep an eye on the burning candles.

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