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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Kaleidoscope Christmas

Special Interest Publication editors tied their Christmas tree theme together with rainbow-colored ornaments.

In a collaborative effort, the Creative Home and Paint Decor Special Interest Publications decided on the theme "Christmas Kaleidoscope" for this tree. The theme is based on the idea that all creative efforts start with color, so this team hung 800 colorful ornamental balls to create a rainbow-like kaleidoscope.

To add a personal touch, 200 of the larger ornaments were handcrafted using clear acrylic craft paint and glitter. The rest of the tree is filled in with smaller brightly colored ornaments. The colors are broken down into three different bands with the yellow and orange family at the top, the pink, purple, and red family in the middle, and the green and blue family at the bottom.

This tree is an example of how you can bring colors that you don't normally live with into your home, says Amy Panos, Senior Editor of the Special Interests Publication Creative Home. Don't be afraid to use color at least one time a year, especially around Christmas, she says.

You can tie the whole color scheme together by making a tree topper that incorporates all of the colors used. Create a large bow out of ribbon to make your tree look like a giant gift. You can also tie lengths of ribbon to the base of the tree making a fun and simple tree skirt.

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