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Throw this Seinfeld-inspired, shame-free Regifting Party

We've talked about what to do with gifts you don't want on Offbeat Home & Life before. One of the suggestions is to regift — that wonderfully taboo idea many of us are familiar with thanks to Seinfeld. Thanks to my extended family's incredible generosity but general cluelessness about what I want or need for Christmas, every year I find myself with a bunch of gifts that are very nice, but not quite what I want. After some conversations with friends in the same boat, I decided that regifting shouldn't be a dirty word. It should be an excuse for a party!

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How do you celebrate birthdays that fall on, or close to, holidays?

We welcomed our sweet baby boy in to the world last year on Christmas Eve. My husband's birthday is the 28th, so he's not a stranger to being forgotten at Christmas time. But in this Pinterest-crazed day and age, I feel kind of put-out that we won't be able to have big birthday celebrations, as almost everyone will be busy with Christmas festivities. Any suggestions?

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The no-kill Christmas tree

My mom does not like cutting down trees, so she refuses to do traditional Christmas trees. She also hates plasticky stuff, so no fake trees. She's since developed a perfect no-kill Christmas tree. It's conical! It's solid! It smells delicious! Here's how she does it.

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De-stressing the holidays: Ditching traffic, fake smiles, and our parents

I love the holidays. I love the food, the family, and the general festive atmosphere. I hate the stress though. Add to this that my career choice primarily involves dealing with difficult people and that the holiday season is THE busiest time of year for those kinds of jobs (read: retail and waiting tables), the stress of the holidays is almost more than I can handle. Then I started thinking about what the holidays meant when I was growing up…