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The Holiday Channel will get the ideas flowing for holidays filled with creative and delicious meals. Scare your friends with spooky treats and deck the halls with aromatic flavors of cinnamon and spice.

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The Secret Life of Gingerbread Men

The man in the moon has nothing on the gingerbread man, that jolly brown fellow who still manages to delight children of all ages. Whether he's taking up residence in a cookie tin or on the Christmas tree, gingerbread men are a holiday favorite.

Gingerbread Houses 101

Ginger, cinnamon, cloves and molasses are what give gingerbread its unique flavor. And the fact that it hardens to the consistency of a graham cracker makes it ideal for crafty projects for the family, like building a gingerbread house.

5 Variations on Holiday Fruitcake

What's full of jellied fruit, a variety of nuts and frequently used as a doorstop? If you guessed fruitcake, you're right on the nose. There are some variations on the classic that can bring your fruitcake into modern times.

Top 10 International Holiday Food Traditions

Each culture has its own holidays, traditions and celebrations. And with each of these comes a unique menu to ward off spirits, pay homage to ancestors or bring good luck.

How to Prepare Your China, Linens and Silver for Holiday Use

China, linens and silver are commonly brought out and dusted off for special meals during the holiday season. Show your goods off the right way and pay special attention to them, so they can make a successful holiday debut.

Creepy Crawlies: Edible Bug Pictures

Entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs, is the norm -- not the exception -- in most parts of the world. Some cultures shy away from eating bugs while others value them for their taste and nutrients. Check out these pictures of creepy crawlies.

Halloween Candy Pictures

Trick or treat! For many kids, Halloween is the most fun night of the year. Manufacturers tremble with delight while kids collect fistfuls of candy from their neighbors. Check out our sweet Halloween candy gallery.

How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

We serve them, eat them and give them away as gifts. What could be yummier than a decorative tin or platter of chewy, nutty, frosted or crunchy cookies as a holiday gift? Why, lots more cookies, of course!

How to Host a Holiday Brunch

Brunch is a golden meal that ignores clocks, schedules and the cataloging efforts of the hyper organized. It exists beyond breakfast and lunch, and can be a sweet, savory, substantial or light repast depending on the whim of the host.

Top 5 Edible Homemade Ornaments

Food and decorating are two very big components of the holiday season. This year, combine the two together, get your whole family involved and make your own ornaments for your Christmas tree -- that you can eat!

How to Host a Holiday Open House

Unless you entertain all the time, hosting a get-together can be intimidating. But because there's no specific time for dining and other activities, an open house is a casual approach to having people over.

Top 10 Classic Holiday Foods

Some dishes we only eat once a year on the appropriate holiday, which makes then even more dear to our hearts. How did these foods become tied to certain occasions?

Holiday Noshes Image Gallery

Cakes, cookies and pudding…oh my! The holidays are the perfect time to spread cheer and bake sweet treats for friends and family. Check out these yummy holiday noshes from around the world.

5 Ways to Lighten Up Holiday Side Dishes

On average, Americans gain about a pound every holiday season. And with meals ranging in calorie count from 3,000 to 7,000, it's no wonder. But you don't have to overindulge, leaving yourself feeling tired and uncomfortable. You should lighten up!

5 Food Court Traps to Avoid During the Holiday Season

During November and December, shopping malls around the country swell with crowds doing their holiday shopping. And food courts will go out of their way to attract those shoppers with unhealthy fare. Don't fall into their traps.

10 Ways to Squeeze in a Workout During the Holidays

When the weather is frigid and you've got a million holiday parties to attend, who has time to go to the gym? You'll have to find other ways to get moving and burning up those holiday calories.

Cornucopia Pictures

The cornucopia, or the horn of plenty, is a common centerpiece displayed on the Thanksgiving table. Our cornucopia album will awe and inspire you to create your own traditional piece of holiday harvest décor.

How to Streamline Thanksgiving Dinner Cleanup

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends and to express gratitude for the year's accomplishments. Don't let the after-dinner dishes put a damper on your holiday.

Kid-friendly Thanksgiving Foods 101

Bring the holiday down to their size with familiar favorites and kid-sized versions of traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

10 Ways to Reuse Your Thanksgiving Leftovers (That You Haven't Heard Of Yet)

To get the most out of your Thanksgiving budget, don't toss the leftovers, reuse them. Instead of simply reheating your leftovers for a second Thanksgiving dinner, getting creative can turn your leftovers into new family favorites.

Why do we binge eat during the holidays?

As you sit post-holiday meal, slumped in your chair all bloated and listless, the only words running through your head are, "Why did I eat so much?" But food comas are just another in the long list of holiday traditions.

Holiday Health Traps 101

The winter holiday season is a time for family traditions, peace on Earth, goodwill toward men and weight gain. Putting on some extra pounds during the holidays each year is no accident.

5 Scrumptious Thanksgiving Appetizers

The turkey needs 40 more minutes in the oven, and your guests won't stop harassing you in the kitchen. How do you buy some time? Pass around some cocktails and stave off their hunger pangs with some of these appetizers.

Top 5 Reasons You Pack on the Pounds During the Holiday Season

The leaves turn brown and crunchy, the air gets crisp and cool, and you know fall and winter are approaching. This transition signals travel, family time, holiday parties and another signature seasonal element -- gaining weight.

Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget 101

The holiday season is all about excess. But in this financial climate, simple meals and decor can seem tastefully elegant instead of Dickensian. This year, it's de rigueur to forgo the fancy spread and get back to basics.


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