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9 Holiday expenses that are easy to forget

Plan ahead for these costs so the holidays do not drive you into debt.


8 holiday spending mistakes to cross off your list

This year, plan to avoid these errors and come out ahead after the holidays.


Turkey day tips: Here’s how to keep Thanksgiving leftovers edible for longer

Scientists are trying to figure out why vultures don’t get food poisoning. While research is ongoing, one study suggests an alliance between the birds and microbes makes rotting carcasses safe for the birds.


Your recipe for a healthy, delicious holiday season

The holidays can become one big pig out, but experts say it's possible to maintain healthy eating habits while you celebrate.


Exploding some turkey myths

A nutrition expert is talking turkey to dispel some common myths about the focus of most Thanksgiving meals.


Survival tips for holiday road trips

If you're among the millions of Americans planning to hit the highway over the Thanksgiving holiday, it's important to anticipate bumps in the road, according to a group dedicated to public education and advocacy.


How to make the most of mashed sweet potatoes

Maple syrup and cinnamon give these mashed yams a rich depth.


How to prepare that holiday turkey safely

The traditional turkey centerpiece on Thanksgiving tables may come out looking scrumptious, but cooks in the kitchen need to be concerned about preparing the bird safely to prevent the spread of foodborne illness.


6 tips for debt-free Black Friday shopping

How to plan a holiday shopping strategy that leaves a clean plate and a clean credit car.


How to reclaim green bean casserole for the modern age

Fresh ingredients and homemade fried onions for the win


5 ways to focus on gratitude, not spending, this Thanksgiving

How to celebrate the holiday while reducing costs, debt and stress.


How to have a healthy holiday season

You're at increased risk for colds and the flu over the holidays, but a few simple measures will help lower your chances of getting sick, an expert says.


How you should shop on Black Friday, according to Google

A new font of wisdom from Google provides some insights on when to shop, where to shop, and of course, how to plan ahead. Here are a few pro tips to help you do Black Friday better.


8 ways to plan for debt-free holiday gift shopping

Smart holiday shoppers can save big by planning ahead leading up to Black Friday.


Heading to a New Year's party? Here's how to stay safe

New Year's Day is the worst day of the year for alcohol-fueled car crashes, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).


10 naughty Christmas foods to skip this holiday season

Just because Santa has been known to spend Christmas noshing on sweets doesn't mean that you should do the same. Here are 10 naughty Christmas foods you should skip.


6 creative gift wrapping ideas for every holiday

With a personal touch and some creativity, you'll have all your gift recipients feeling like the luckiest people in the world.


Traditional eggnog recipes for Christmas

Eggnog is the traditional drink of the holidays, so this Christmas season make one you and your guests will enjoy.


DIY Menorahs

The well-loved tradition of displaying a menorah and lighting Hanukkah candles doesn't have to be done only on a traditional, store bought menorah.


A thoroughly modern latke

It may not be traditional, but if you like a crispy, golden-brown exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, this latke is for you.


5 tips for Thanksgiving dinner savings

Making these simple changes can help make one of the most expensive meals of the year a little more bearable for every budget.


The perfect bird: How to roast the best turkey

This fail-proof roasting method produces the tastiest, juiciest Thanksgiving turkey.


Turkey hunt

Before you decide how you're going to cook your turkey, you need to decide what kind of turkey you're going to cook. More>>

7 good luck foods for the New Year

Read this list and start preparing dishes to make this year one of your best ever. More>>

New Year's Eve dos and don'ts

To ensure that you make the right choices and end the current year on a good note, follow this guide of New Year's Eve dos and don'ts. More>>

Christmas on the Coast

In Portuguese-inflected Goa, the most wonderful time of the year is a joyous blending of traditions. More>>

How sweet it is

There's nothing wrong with a little sugar in your holiday wine. More>>

Party makeup in 3 minutes or less

A festive party calls for a little more makeup than your everyday swipe of lip gloss, and it’s surprisingly easy to liven up your look and still be out the door in a flash. More>>

Homemade for the holidays: Edible gifts

Check out this gallery of recipes that work beautifully as holiday presents or hostess gifts, from savory pickles and spice blends to candied fruit and sweet liqueurs.


Gifts for the tech-challenged

What is this thing and how do I turn it on? More>>

10 stress management tips to survive the holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a time of great joy, but they can also be a time of a ridiculous amount of stress. If holiday stress has become a major downer for you over the years, here are 10 tips that may help. More>>

Easy Hanukkah recipes

Help create warm and happy holiday memories by bringing the wonderful tastes of traditional, homemade Hanukkah foods to your table. More>>

10 tips to fight Thanksgiving Day food coma

After consuming mass quantities of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie during a feast, it's no mystery why people just plop on the couch and pass out. However, there are ways to avoid the Thanksgiving Day food coma, if you're up to it.


Guide to preparing for Thanksgiving dinner

If you plan on hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, make sure you're completely prepared by following this essential checklist for Thanksgiving dinner. More>>

Holiday for the heroes

At Napa Valley's Bouchon Bistro, it's a Thanksgiving tradition to honor American veterans with an incomparable family meal.


Houston, we have turkey

An astrophysicist engineers the perfect bird, cooked in under an hour.

Essential safety tips for New Year's Eve parties

There's no better way to ring in the new year than gathering with friends for a night of festivities, but be sure to take steps to keep your party safe. More>>

10 non-drinking New Year's Eve activities for adults

Try these safer and healthier ways to celebrate a non-drinking New Year's Eve. More>>

5 inspiring new year's resolutions you can keep

If the new year’s resolutions you’ve made already sound unrealistic, here are some new ones that you’ll actually be inspired to keep. More>>

How can you recycle your Christmas tree?

Before you settle for a Christmas tree collection service, consider one of these ways to repurpose and recycle your tree. More>>

How to indulge over the holidays: A diet cheat sheet

From Thanksgiving to New Year's and beyond, it can be difficult to stick to any diet and exercise plan with plates of holiday goodies floating around. But not to worry. It is possible to cheat and not pay for it later. More>>

Easy & festive Christmas cocktail recipes

Christmas is filled with special get-togethers. Make yours extra-special with a signature holiday cocktail that adds to the joy of the season. More>>

6 essential home hacks for a hassle-free holiday

Christmas is nigh! That said, we have a few tips to make the season a little more hassle free.

Christmas dinners from around the world

While Santa is busy speeding around the globe in his sleigh, millions of families will gather around the table and feast on delicious Christmas dinners.


A Christmas dinner: All is calm, all is bright

Along the New Jersey waterfront, a small family gathers for a big holiday feast. More>>

Keep a germ-free home for the holidays

The holidays are all about opening your doors and welcoming friends and family. But along with hostess gifts, your guests may also bring sniffle-causing viruses and colds.

Throw a holiday party for $99 or less

While your days may be merry and bright this season, they may also be expensive. Here's how to throw a party this season for under $99. More>>

Tech gifts for people you don't like

If you're feeling passive-aggressive and would rather give a gift that says "I don't really like you" rather than actually blurting it out after one too many brandy-spiked eggnogs, let these godawful gadgets do the talking. More>>

7 beauty staples to get you through the holidays

It may be time to reach for your holiday survival beauty kit.  Here are the seven things you should always have in it. More>>

Top pet gifts from around the Web

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Be it hitting holiday sales or getting all of that shopping done online, there’s one family member you may be forgetting to buy for: Your furry friend.

Start your own Christmas morning traditions

Here are seven holiday activities to slow down and make the morning more magical and memorable for both you and your children.

How to decorate your home like a winter wonderland

Creating a white winter wonderland in your home to celebrate the holiday season can add a sparkle to this festive time of year. More>>

Sneak in some "me" time during the holidays

 With so much going on over the holidays, it’s important to take time out to give yourself a break. More>>

Gluten-free classic Christmas cookies

Nothing beats the taste of warm, buttery cookies just plucked from the oven. More>>

And this holiday season's hottest gifts are...

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. But what are we shopping for? Google knows!

Get your kitchen holiday party-ready

The most important prep step? Plan ahead.

How NORAD got into the Santa-tracking business

As it's been doing every year since 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, will be tracking Santa's progress on Christmas Eve as he makes his way around the world delivering gifts, eating mince pies, and knocking back copious amounts of sherry. More>>

Here's how to not get cyber screwed on Cyber Monday

 ‘Tis the seasons for getting monster deals online. But just because Cyber Monday lacks the threat of being trampled to death by a hoard of penny pinchers doesn't mean you're safe.

Streamline your holiday schedule

When it comes to staying organized over the holidays, being realistic instead of holding yourself to some fictional standard goes a long way toward staying sane during December. More>>

Quick and stress-free holiday shopping

Can you get all of your holiday shopping done in one day? Sure, if you follow a few key steps. More>>

Cheat sheet for the perfect turkey

With the following turkey tips, you’ll serve up a perfectly juicy bird -- sure to impress for many holidays to come.

Updating the little black dress for the holidays

You love the LBD because it’s classic, slimming and will never go out of style -- but that doesn’t mean you shouldn't add new twist when you wear it. More>>

Get your guests' faces out of their phones this Thanksgiving

The upcoming holiday is not just about the parades, football games, or all the turkey you can eat. It's about spending time with friends and loved ones and having fun, in real life rather than on the Web.

Thanksgiving craft ideas for keeping kids busy

Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.

State of grace: A Midwestern Thanksgiving

Midwestern classics and a chef's sensibility come together on the holiday table. More>>

How to be grateful during the holidays -- and all year long

There’s nothing like gathering with loved ones around a bountiful holiday table to make us count our blessings. But giving thanks shouldn’t be something we only practice once a year. More>>

Your 4-day prep plan for a stress-free Thanksgiving

To cut the stress out of Thanksgiving Day, streamline your meal planning. More>>

3 holiday goodies that are actually good for you

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Here are three holiday favorite foods that get an undeserved bad rap. More>>

Can you get through the holidays without overeating?

Most of us look forward to all the goodies the holidays have to offer, but no one celebrates those extra few pounds at the end of the season. More>>

Decorating for Kwanzaa

You may not have observed Kwanzaa before, but this tribute to community pride is a wonderful way to bring your family together in a celebration of African-American family, community, history and culture. More>>

Simple strategies to prevent weight gain during the holidays

Holidays seem to go hand in hand with plenty of food and drinks, but there are ways to prevent holiday weight gain. More>>

Unique gift wrapping ideas

There's a wide world of ways to wrap a present. More>>

Peppermint bark recipes

Bring this sweet treat to a holiday potluck or party, and just smile enigmatically when the other guests assume you spent hours over the stove. More>>

Change your mind about fruitcake

This sophisticated take on the classic Christmas fruitcake  is far from a punchline. Sweet, spiced, and dense, with a bright rum glaze, it's a perfect holiday treat for giving as a gift — or for keeping to yourself. More>>

How to throw a Secret Santa party

Hosting a secret Santa party is easy with a little preparation. Here's what you need to do to lay the foundation for a great secret Santa exchange. More>>

Vintage Christmas decorations

Holiday decorating goes through fashions and styles, and the tree you remember as if it was yesterday has become today's vintage look. More>>

Learning to love eggnog

You need to start this recipe the day before you plan on serving it, but it's well worth the wait. More>>

Top 10 reasons for winter weight gain

Here are the top reasons for winter weight gain and what you can do to avoid them. More>>

A bountiful shore: Celebrating Thanksgiving on the Chesapeake Bay

Thanksgiving is a coming together of one cook's favorite Eastern Shore traditions, and a celebration of the local foods that have fed the people of this peninsula for generations. More>>

Home slice: Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie is an American original. More>>

Recycle those old crayons Video included

Making something new out of something old is a great way to teach your kids about the power of recycling. More>>

How to clean stains after New Year's Eve parties

The joyous occasion of celebrating the New Year with friends and family can sometimes be a messy affair. More>>

New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world

New Year's Eve traditions have been observed by the world over with many traditions embraced globally and many still country-bound. More>>

How to recycle wrapping paper

Everyone likes to receive a brightly wrapped present for the holidays, but after the decorative paper comes off, what can you do to repurpose the sparkly stuff? More>>

Eco-friendly Christmas cleanup Video included

The Christmas cleanup is never fun, but it can be easy and green!  Here are some tips that will help you find new purposes for things you probably considered tossing in the garbage! More>>

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  • Decorating for Kwanzaa

    Decorating for Kwanzaa

    You may not have observed Kwanzaa before, but this tribute to community pride is a wonderful way to bring your family together in a celebration of African-American family, community, history and culture.More >>
    You may not have observed Kwanzaa before, but this tribute to community pride is a wonderful way to bring your family together in a celebration of African-American family, community, history and culture.More >>
  • The history of Kwanzaa

    The history of Kwanzaa

    More than just a feast, Kwanzaa is a chance to reflect on the seven principles that have sustained our ancestors and will contribute to our future.More >>
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