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The Holiday Season is a fast paced time of year filled with parties, shopping and decorating. Prepare yourself this season by taking a look at the articles in this section. Learn about classic traditions to just plain making the holidays simple.

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Holiday Traditions

Spice up the holiday season by creating a fun and memorable family holiday tradition. Take a look at our holiday traditions channel for interesting and easy ideas that everyone can participate in.


Cuneiform Cookies Just in Time for the Holidays!

Tired of those same old sugar cookies pressed into the same old snowman shape? Why not do some old-school baking this year? As in Sumerian old school.

Holiday Hostess Recipes

From trick or treat candy bar cupcakes to Greek stuffing, the Holiday Hostesses have you covered with their delicious holiday recipes.

Fourth of July Favorites

The Fourth of July is a holiday celebrating the America's independence from Great Britain. And like most American holidays, we like to celebrate with food and lots of it.

Symbolic Chinese New Year Foods

Symbolic foods are an integral part of the festivities surrounding Chinese New Year, the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar.

Ringing in the New Year: Toasting 101

Coming up with the right words to ring in the new year isn't as difficult as it might seem. What things do you need to keep in mind when composing a New Year's toast that your friends and family won't forget?

How to Make the Perfect Holiday Punch

A festive, fruity punch or some delicious spiced eggnog can really bring a party together, but how can you prepare the perfect holiday punch for your party?

10 Budget-friendly Cocktail Hors d'Oeuvres

If you're throwing a cocktail party, the biggest part of your budget goes toward the cocktails. After you buy the liquor, wine and beer, how can you make do with minimal funds for food? We've got some ideas.

Cocktail Parties on a Budget

Throwing a memorable cocktail party doesn't have to be a costly celebration. Try these tips for planning the perfect party without breaking your budget.

10 Quick-fix Holiday Brunches

At brunch, you should be sipping a Bloody Mary, not toiling over a hot stove. When the extended family is in town for the holidays, you might feel pressure to host a big to-do. These themes are heavy on creativity and light on effort.

How to Throw a Holiday Grilling Party

Even though most people host a traditional holiday meal with the roasted turkey and all the trimmings, some people shun tradition in favor of doing something a little different. Try the grill instead of the oven for a unique holiday dinner this year.