Now that Hanukkah and Christmas are over and we are wishing "Happy New Year" to everyone we see, when is, or when was, the proper time to take down holiday decorations? There are several answers to this question, depending on what one means by "holiday" decorations.
For me, tree-trimming is an occasion for some over-the-top fun. Whatever the tradition means for you, here are some tips to make your tree a beautiful and stylish centerpiece for holiday celebrations.
How has it happened that a week before Christmas, I have blown my budget on too many presents for my family?
"Mistletoe and Holly" is a holiday masterpiece. But I know the biology of those two plants that Mr. Sinatra croons about... and that makes me wonder: Is there more to this song than standard Christmas cheer?
The holidays are my favorite time of year. I'm on the road a lot, so I especially enjoy getting to spend time with my loved ones and focus on some of my own personal projects. Here are some of my favorite home decor tips to share during the holidays.
I won't be home for Christmas.
I'm not angry or bitter about what Christmas has become. The magic and joy of the season is still there, I just have to dig a little deeper and battle the elements to get to them.
Figuring out where to put everyone can be a buzz kill.
The tradition of hanging lights began in 18th-century Germany where upper-class families would use candles to decorate their Christmas trees.
In my opinion, there can never again be anything as magical as Christmastime during my childhood in the 70's. Sure, every kid dreamed about the toys and presents they hoped to receive, but it was so much more than that.
Across the land, city workers are hustling -- decorating for thousands of expected visitors for whom the magic of the season is reflected in the glow of millions of lights.
Brazil is a tropical country and Christmas in Sao Paulo is a sweaty occasion, but visitors to a shopping mall will encounter plenty of fake snow, fur-clad Santas and Frosty the Snowman plush toys. But if Santa and Frosty can make it in Sao Paulo, who am I to complain?
Unwrapping a pair of pajamas from Mom, candlesticks from Gram, and a tweed capelet from your bestie has left you swimming in a pool of pretty paper! Rather than tossing it in the trash, set them aside, so you can try these easy and eco-friendly holiday décor DIYs!
In the beginning, like 15 years ago, they were kind of cute. One Santa, singing "Jingle Bells" or something. Now we have Harley Davidson Santa, Hip Hop Santa, Sax Playing Santa, Key West Santa and yes folks, there is a Farting Santa.
If you're not planning to travel for the season, and expect to do some entertaining, now is the time to prepare your home.
With three children under four years old, I suddenly find myself knee deep in paper chain garlands and up to my head in childhood reminiscence.