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  1. I’m that person. You know, the one who constantly thinks up ways to delight family and friends with clever gifts and meaningful cards but rarely remembers to act on them. One of my best friends, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. She’s perfected the art of showing gratitude. I can always count on a …

  2. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. … And meanwhile, don’t mind me, I’m just baking in my underwear. It’s been a tradition of mine for …

  3. If there’s a time of year that puts everything you do and don’t love about your family on display, it’s the holidays. Yes, the people in your family can be the ones you love most on earth. But they can also be the ones who drive you the craziest. Even in the most functional, fabulous, fun-loving families, …

  4. I’ve never really had what one philosophically optimistic throw pillow might describe as “an attitude of gratitude.” One of my earliest Christmas memories centers on the chaos that ensued after I asked my parents if the gift I had just opened could be exchanged for a pair of My Little Pony dress-up heels with sequins embedded …

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    PHOTOS COURTESY OF 2nd Truth

    I am what one would call a Psychotic Holiday Traditions Purist. I have watched It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas since I came out of the womb (MARRY ME, 30s-ERA JAMES STEWART); I have selfishly left behind every man I’ve ever been dating to be home on Christmas Eve (like I don’t even discuss plans with …

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  7. Have you ever wondered how to decorate your home for the holidays while maintaining a sense of simplicity and modernism? Don’t get me wrong, I love the over-the-top quality of the holidays and the nostalgic magic of Christmas because deep down it makes my 12-year-old heart very happy. But as I get older and work toward curating …

  8. There are two types of gift givers. Those who enjoy the process of perfectly measuring, cutting, folding, and taping together a gift that is as delightful and thoughtful as what’s inside. Or, you have people like me, who are thinking about the 15 other things they need to do as they haphazardly hack their way through crunching, …

  9. Like millions of other people in the world, I live for the holiday season. The twinkling lights. The constant cycle of cookies in the oven. The Family Stone and Elf playing on repeat. Peppermint and gingerbread EVERYTHING. I mean, what’s not to love? Heck, I even adore the tacky ugly sweaters. Yet as therapeutic as I …

  10. Never show up empty-handed. That’s the golden rule when it comes to expressing gratitude for hospitality. With Thanksgiving around the corner, most of us will be thinking about what else we could bring aside from a bottle of wine, dessert, or flowers. Given the holiday season now begins long before our day of thanks, we thought …

  11. Want to know what makes a warm plate of roasted turkey even more satisfying? You know, besides your grandmother’s infamous mac-and-cheese and aunt’s sweet-potato casserole. Heaping sides of gratitude, that’s what! Not only is practicing gratitude a humbling habit for stimulating personal happiness, but it also has a powerful positive effect on others. And if there’s …

  12. First, write them down. The best way to ensure your needs are met this holiday season is to first acknowledge what they are. Start by writing down a list of the things that make you smile just thinking about them. Keep the list handy during the holidays as a simple reminder to check in with yourself—on …

  13. One of the things I vividly remember about childhood holidays is my brothers and I being dressed up like we were headed somewhere all kinds of fancy. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve (circa 1994-1997), I slept with my hair in those god-awful sponge rollers and I just couldn’t wait to wake up and put on my …