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The Real History of St. Patrick’s Day The Real History of St. Patrick’s Day

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, you probably think of green beer, shot glass necklaces that say “Kiss Me I’m Irish,” and everybody talking about how Irish they suddenly are. That’s all well and good, but I bet you don’t know much about the holiday’s origins, or the saint it celebrates. Well, take off that stupid…

Turn Your Now-Irrelevant Gingerbread House Into a Tasty Pie Crust Turn Your Now-Irrelevant Gingerbread House Into a Tasty Pie Crust

Now that the year is ending, and the holiday season is over, your gingerbread house may seem a little outmoded. But pie knows no season, so rather than tossing your cookie house in the trash, you should probably make it into a pie crust.

Your Neglected Christmas Tree Is a Huge Fire Hazard Your Neglected Christmas Tree Is a Huge Fire Hazard

If you haven’t watered your Christmas tree since you forgot about it on the 26th, now is the time to get it out of your house. Unwatered Christmas trees are a huge fire hazard, as this video from the National Fire Protection Association clearly shows.

Decorate a Bunch of Cookies at Once in a Tupperware Container Decorate a Bunch of Cookies at Once in a Tupperware Container

Christmas cookie season is almost over, but this quick cookie-decorating tip from America’s Test Kitchen can be used all year to coat tasty treats in festive sprinkles.

Make a Quick Mulled Wine in the Microwave Make a Quick Mulled Wine in the Microwave

The words “mulled wine” most likely conjure up images of big pots, slowly simmering with vino and spices. That’s all good, but the holidays can be hectic, and you may not have time to babysit a bubbling pot. To infuse wine with aromatics without ever turning on your stove, you’ll need to enlist your microwave.

Spruce Up Your Christmas Tree With Garlands of Candy Spruce Up Your Christmas Tree With Garlands of Candy

There is a certain nostalgic charm to stringing popcorn into festive garlands, but it’s not the only treat you can decorate with. To add color (and sweetness) to your Christmas tree (or Hanukkah bush), string some candy up there too.

The Thought Doesn’t Count As Much as Giving Something They Actually Want The Thought Doesn’t Count As Much as Giving Something They Actually Want

If you’re struggling to find a thoughtful gift for someone you barely know: relax a little. Your thought doesn’t count as much as you think it does, according to experiments on the psychology of gift giving and receiving.

Jazz Up a Bottle of Wine With These Festive Printable Gift Tags Jazz Up a Bottle of Wine With These Festive Printable Gift Tags

A bottle of wine is by no means an unwelcome gift, but it can feel a little plain. To spruce up an otherwise unadorned bottle, print out a one (or more) of these festive gift tags.

Wrap Beauty Products in Makeup Tutorials to Give the Gift of a Perfect Look Wrap Beauty Products in Makeup Tutorials to Give the Gift of a Perfect Look

A good beauty writer isn’t beholden to a single brand, but selects the best products to create the best possible look. Rather than giving a generic box set, buy your beautiful giftee a selection of expertly curated products from a tutorial, then take it a step further, wrapping these products in the tutorial itself.

 Five Tasty, Edible Gifts That Are Easy to Make  Five Tasty, Edible Gifts That Are Easy to Make

A good food gift doesn’t need to be an expensive gourmet gift basket, but it should be thoughtful, delicious, and a little unexpected. These edible and drinkable presents are thoughtful and customizable, and will make your gift stand out in a sea of boring fruitcakes.

The Holiday Party Playlist The Holiday Party Playlist

It’s finally December, which means you probably have about 47 holiday parties already lined up. That’s a lot to prepare for. Knock the playlist off the to-do list for all of them with this holiday collection.

A Haunted Hotel You Can Stay In, Endangered Dog Breeds, and Why Movie Ads are Called "Trailers" A Haunted Hotel You Can Stay In, Endangered Dog Breeds, and Why Movie Ads are Called "Trailers"

This week we’re celebrating Halloween with some spooky stories, a trick-or-treat safety video from the 70s, endangered dog breeds and the market forces behind them, and why those preview ads before movies are called “trailers.”

The Saint Patrick's Day Mega Playlist The Saint Patrick's Day Mega Playlist

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day. That means it’s time to break out your greenest clothes, have a drink, and celebrate. Our own Patrick Allan has a killer Irish-themed playlist for your festivities.

Give Your Budget a Break With No Spend November Give Your Budget a Break With No Spend November

In case you haven’t been to a mall, retail store, or turned on a radio recently, it’s nearly that time when everyone on Earth wants your money. Take a break with No Spend November. Even if you start a little late.

What Is Your Best Easy-to-Make Halloween Costume?  What Is Your Best Easy-to-Make Halloween Costume? 

Halloween is only a few days away, and you don’t have a costume yet. Let’s help each other find inspiration by sharing the best last-minute, easy-to-make costumes.

14 Ways to Wrap Gifts with a Cloth 14 Ways to Wrap Gifts with a Cloth

Some gifts are just too oddly shaped for a traditional wrapping job. When wrapping paper just won't cut it, you can use a cloth to wrap just about anything.

The Pros and Cons of a Cruise vs an All-inclusive Resort The Pros and Cons of a Cruise vs an All-inclusive Resort

If you want your next vacation experience to come with pre-planned activities and dining options built-in, consider a cruise or an all-inclusive resort. If you can't decide which one you prefer, these tips will help you choose.

How to Have a Happy Holiday Living Far From Family How to Have a Happy Holiday Living Far From Family

We grow up celebrating holidays with our families, but after we move away it's much more difficult. After five years living away from my family, I've learned that you can still celebrate holidays and feel thankful by connecting with your new friends and reconnecting with your family.

Study Last Year's Holiday Deals to Find Better Deals This Year Study Last Year's Holiday Deals to Find Better Deals This Year

The holiday shopping season is about to start. Whether you're planning to go out shopping on Black Friday or have better plans, one quick way to get a grip on where deals will show up is last year's ads.

Does Your Office Throw a Holiday Party? Does Your Office Throw a Holiday Party?

Some people cringe at the thought of attending a holiday party with their coworkers. Some people look forward to them. And some just look forward to a chance to misbehave. What type are you?

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