From making Christmas candy and baking Christmas cookies, to decorating Christmas trees and gift ideas, find what you need to plan a perfect holiday. Find a huge collection of DIY Christmas decoration ideas, including Christmas tree themes and how to properly string lights. You will find tips for hosting everything from a Christmas cocktail party or cookie exchange, to Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas morning brunch.
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.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Virginia Ham with Honey-Mustard GlazeA baked ham is an ideal centerpiece for a holiday table: It's equally delicious served warm or at room temperature, and the leftovers are excellent in everything from soups to sandwiches to frittatas.
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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.
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A Christmas Cookie Decorating Party to Satisfy the Sweet Tooth
Grab an apron and join in the fun! Hosting a Christmas cookie-decorating party is a low-stress way to celebrate the holiday season with friends.Recipe
Lemony Brown-Butter Crinkle CookiesLemon zest and juice add brightness and cut the richness of the brown butter in these cookies. You can make the dough up to two days in advance.Post
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A Hands-Free Christmas Cocktail Party: Holiday Cheer Even the Host Can Enjoy!
During the holidays, we love to be surrounded by friends and family, cheerfully reminiscing about the year that has passed. And you can't say goodbye to the year without raising a glass (or two.) This Christmas, instead of hosting a headache-inducing dinner party, lighten your load with a hands-off cocktail party. Cocktails in the kitchen, snacks in the parlor, and holiday cheer all around.Recipe
KransekakeKransekake is a showstopping Scandinavian cake served on special occasions such as weddings or Christmas. Martha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Make-Ahead Chocolate Chunk CookiesThis easy make-ahead cookie dough can be prepared, rolled into logs, and then frozen until the craving strikes.Recipe
Mazurka with Apricot ToppingThese Polish bar cookies are traditionally made on Christmas Eve.Recipe
Polish Tea CookiesThese jam-filled treats are a close cousin to thumbprint cookies.Recipe
Polenta FruitcakeA traditional Italian holiday dessert, this polenta cake features raisins, figs, apples, and candied papaya.Recipe
Harvest TartThis special tart is the best way to showcase beautiful dried figs, apricots, prunes, and dates.Recipe
Caramel-Dipped PecansUse these nuts to decorate a chocolate or caramel tart.Recipe
Espresso Creme AnglaiseServe this coffee-infused creme anglaise with our Mocha Steamed Puddings.Recipe
Peppered Mixed Nuts with Lemon and CapersDo the unexpected with your nuts: Add some fried capers to the mix for a Mediterranean flair.Recipe
Sesame-Soy Cashews with Wasabi Peas and NoriThe wasabi peas give this nut mix some added heat.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Gingered Peanuts and Pumpkin Seeds with Dried CranberriesThe ginger, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries make this nut mix festive and merry.Recipe
Chocolate WedgesA chocolate version of our Basic Shortbread Wedges.Recipe
Almond Shortbread StarsAlmond Shortbread Stars are a variation of our Basic Shortbread Wedges.