Christmas

17 gingerbread house fails that made the sugary housing market crash

Not every gingerbread house attempt turns out as sweet and pretty as the one above. Sometimes the sweet turns sour and you end up pouring icing over the wreckage and calling it a day. Not all of us are meant to be baked good architects (myself included!) but most of these are pretty hilarious in their chaos. Let’s revel in the holiday spirit of trying our best. It’s the thought that counts and it all tastes yummy in the end, right?

Don your handknit sweaters for this spectacular Harry Potter Christmas decor

Don your Mrs. Weasley sweaters for this spectacular Christmas at Hogwarts decor

Remember this magical Harry Potter home decor from reader Jasper Price and his wife Angie? We could only imagine how extra festive it got around the holidays at Chez Hogwarts. We don’t have to imagine anymore — Jasper shared with us their fantastical collection of mystical Christmas enchantment! Here’s what they had to say about their efforts to recreate the spectacle…

Reader favorite raw vegan holiday menu items

Reader favorite raw vegan holiday menu recipes

Once upon a time, we talked about how to create a raw vegan holiday menu for Thanksgiving and the other winter holidays. Our readers, adept as they are in specialty diets, came hard with raw vegan holiday recipes that I am jonesing to try. From pumpkin pie to mezze plates to green bean casserole, you’ll be shocked at what traditional dishes can be just as delish in raw vegan form.

We admitted the weirdest holiday movies, specials, and episodes we MUST watch every year

We admitted the weirdest (& best!) holiday movies, specials, and episodes we watch every year

The staff here got to talking about holiday movies and it got… weird. I decided to round up some of the more interesting ones (and some of the BEST overlooked ones) that we simply have to watch each year around the holidays.

Sure, we’re all watching Elf, but what are we watching secretly in our beds with the cats and the rest of the advent calendar?

'Tis the season for a peek into Homies' offbeat & geeky holiday decor

‘Tis the season for a peek into Homies’ offbeat & geeky holiday decor

We put out the call to all Homies following Offbeat Home & Life’s Instagram to share their favorite offbeat & geeky holiday decor. I shared my partner’s board game tree (see below), and the Homies did NOT disappoint. There are stockings hung on wall art, decorated Tulipop trees, Nightmare Before Christmas decor, and even an upside down tree(!).

Here's an amazing way to make finding out about Santa a little easier

Here’s an amazing way to make finding out about Santa a little easier

Unless you decide to be transparent about the myth up front, there comes a point where you’ve got to come clean to your kids about Santa before they find out from friends or older siblings.

I recently spied this method that I HAD to share since it’s so good. with it, you’re allowing your children to learn about Santa in a less trust-breaking way, all while encouraging empathy and generosity that can live on every day after…

Rainbow-hued & colorful holiday cards to brighten up mailboxes everywhere

If you’re just getting to sending out those holiday cards to your nearest and dearest, you may be stumped for what kind to send. Might we suggest: sugar brightly hued, rainbow covered, and intensely merry holiday cards? From unicorn-pulled sleighs to “reinbows” (yep, that’s a portmanteau for rainbow reindeer!) to making the yuletide gay rainbow-style, there are colorful holiday cards in your future.

Let’s find the best colorful card for you on this long winter’s night. Er day. Whenever you’re reading this…

Holiday gift ideas that you'd actually WANT to give (or keep!)

Secret Santa gifts that you’d actually WANT to give (or keep!)

It’s the unofficial holiday we all love to hate: BLACK FRIDAY! For some of us, this whole post-Thanksgiving weekend is going to be all about the deals and getting presents at the lowest prices we can find. It’s actually a pretty good time to find some of those inevitable white elephant and Secret Santa gifts, too.

I’ve included gifts in a variety of price ranges since there’s usually a limit or minimum when it comes to these round robin-style gift exchanges.