Christmas Decorating Ideas
Deck the halls, walls, and tables with Christmas accents. Our wreaths, garlands, and other decorative touches will fill your home with the sights and smells of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementPost
This Make-Ahead Holiday Brunch Menu Is a Genius Way to Entertain
Why stress yourself out making omelets to order for guests? Use our make-ahead brunch menu and get into the holiday spirit.
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Christmas Checklist: EntertainingChristmas is reason enough for a party (not that we need one at all). But if you’d like to evolve your theme beyond just “holiday,” these are some wonderful ways to do it.
There's no wrong way to decorate a Christmas tree, but we're willing to share our secrets with those who'd like to emulate our style.
Ideas that will have your whole house glowing for the holidays.
Christmas Decorating Ideas
Deck the halls, walls, and tables with Christmas accents. Our wreaths, garlands, and other decorative touches will fill your home with the sights and smells of the season.
Our Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes
It's time for Christmas cookies! Choose from our very favorite cookie recipes to share with family and friends, including gingerbread, speculaas, biscotti, pfeffernussen, chocolate chip, and snickerdoodles.
Enchanted Forest: Christmas Tree Ideas by "Martha Stewart Living" EditorsA tree sprouting up indoors, sparkling with lights and ornaments, always looks magical. But the ones here have a fairy-tale wonder all their own, with glittery gems, snowflakes that never melt, and woodland birds with ribbons in their beaks. Most bewitching? The decorations are easy to make, so you can tell your own Christmas story.
Christmas Star Decorations
The season’s most hallowed symbol need not be limited to the top of your tannenbaum. Expand the heavens with these down-to-earth ideas.
A Sweet Candy Cane Wreath for the HolidaysThis hanging decoration leaves a sweet, lasting impression for the winter season. To ensure it lasts, store your wreath between layers of waxed paper between seasons.
Deck the halls with our unique holiday garlands to add a spirited touch to your surroundings.
Our Prettiest Paper Snowflake Ideas (Plus Free Templates)Fold, snip, and let it snow! Transform your home into a snow-laden winter wonderland with a flurry of hand-cut paper snowflakes strung into a garland, encircled into a wreath, placed atop wrapped presents, and so much more.
Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make for Parents, Grandparents, and Teachers
There's nothing more meaningful than a gift bearing the unmistakable touch of a creative kid. These easy, crafty gifts will make any adult smile at Christmas.
Christmas Crafts for ToddlersLittle boys and girls will love making these handmade gifts, gumdrop garlands, candy creatures, and paper snowflakes.
Christmas Candles Brilliantly Reinvented
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Calvados GravyCalvados, an apple brandy, adds a sweet finish to this gravy. The neck and giblets roasted alongside the turkey add flavor to the drippings--discard them in step 1 for a smooth gravy, or return them to the pan at the end for a giblet gravy.Recipe
Russian Snow TwigsOur recipe was inspired by one for the fried Russian pastries known as khvorost (or twigs). Piled high on a serving platter and dusted with confectioners sugar, the cookies resemble winter branches freshly covered in snow.Recipe
Gingerbread Cookies for Gingercake HouseUse this recipe when making our Gingercake House.Recipe
Black-Currant CosmopolitanMade with black-currant puree and fresh lime juice, this bracing cocktail is a fresh twist on a cosmopolitan.Recipe
Spun Sugar for Sugar Plum FairyThis recipe is used to decorate our Sugar Plum Fairy dessert. Use a whisk with the wires cut at the bottom, or two forks held back to back, to make spun sugar. Make spun sugar the day it will be used.Recipe
White-Russian EggnogThis recipe may be doubled and made two days in advance. Add the Kahlua and 1 cup whipped cream just before serving.Recipe
Nutcracker CookiesThe Nutcracker is a gingerbread cookie handsomely clad in royal icing.Recipe
Stollen WreathStollen -- a yeasty fruit bread -- is a German-American Christmastime specialty. After dinner, serve it with a glass of sweet German dessert wine; or have it with coffee for breakfast on Christmas morning.Recipe
Almond CroquantThis crunchy almond brittle is sometimes enjoyed in the south of France as part of "Treize Desserts," a Christmas Eve tradition of serving thirteen sweets, representing Jesus and the twelve apostles.Recipe
Gingerbread For HousesAfter much experimentation, we've discovered that this recipe for intensely-scented and sturdy gingerbread makes the finest building blocks your gingerbread house could hope for.Recipe
Cheese FondueFor an hors d'oeuvre, your guests can dip into this cheese fondue -- a dish with Swiss origins.Recipe
Coconut-Cranberry CookiesThe shredded coconut and orange zest will help you bid farewell to the winter blues.Recipe
Mixed Green Salad with Date-Walnut VinaigretteDates help balance this salad with their sweetness.Recipe
Green Beans with Panfried Shiitake MushroomsThe mushrooms give this dish an unctuousness that's hard to resist.Recipe
Maple-Glazed Smoked Vermont HamDijon mustard counters the sweet maple syrup and apricot jam, giving this ham a more nuanced flavor.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Roasted Turkey Breast with Fennel-Herb StuffingThis boneless turkey breast cooks fast and is exceptionally tasty, thanks to the fennel stuffing.Recipe
Lemon Drop WafersThis easy-to-prepare cookie was inspired by the penny-candy-store lemon drop. The candied lemon peel, available at specialty-food stores, adds a lemony crunch.