Holiday Guide

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Recipes for New Year’s brunch

Try a dish of Hoppin’ John or pork hash to start off the new year.

via March 16

Elizabeth Mayhew’s decor-taining tips

Here are 10 ways to get ready for the holidays.

via March 16

Healthful Thanksgiving leftovers: Turkey Tetrazzini With Butternut Squash Sauce

Instead of the usual cold sandwiches, try Turkey Tetrazzini With Butternut Squash Sauce.

via Elaine Gordon March 1

How to: Julia Usher’s Needlepoint Gingerbread Stocking

For the advanced cookie decorator, an impressive way to display your holiday baking.

via — Julia Usher March 1

Light recipes for New Year’s Eve

Entertain hungry revelers with party-appropriate snacks from our Recipe Finder.

via March 1

DIY tech-related gifts: Holiday Guide 2013

If the mere mention of Christmas triggers anxiety pains, then you have probably realized that there aren’t that many days left in the holiday shopping season.

via Michelle Williams February 18

Top toys to consider for your holiday wish list

Battling robots and jewelry kits are among KidsPost’s toy testers’ top picks for 2013.

via Moira E. McLaughlin February 12

Happy New Year, and happy new things to do with kids

No matter how wonderful this long holiday of no school, little work (we hope) and lots of family has been for you, those great outings you had planned for the break are probably all crossed off your l...

via Amy Joyce|Amy Orndorff January 30

Parenting coach Meghan Leahy on managing a child’s holiday gift expectations

We all want our kids to think Christmas is magical. So we spend hours decorating, baking, inventing mischief for the Elf on the Shelf and watching “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” over and over again....

via Mari-Jane Williams January 8

Too loud! This year’s list of toys that can cause hearing damage.

Listening to a kid’s toy scream, “Amarillo—yellow! Verde—green!” for hours is a special kind of misery. While many parents veto loud toys because they’re annoying, the Sight & Hearing Association is a...

via Rachel Saslow January 8

Happy New Year, and happy new things to do with kids

No matter how wonderful this long holiday of no school, little work (we hope) and lots of family has been for you, those great outings you had planned for the break are probably all crossed off your l...

via Amy Joyce|Amy Orndorff December 31

Light recipes for New Year’s Eve

Entertain hungry revelers with party-appropriate snacks from our Recipe Finder.

via December 30

Recipes for New Year’s brunch

Try a dish of Hoppin’ John or pork hash to start off the new year.

via December 30
Video

Video: The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is tracking Santa's progress around the world this Christmas Eve.

via Associated Press December 24

Dessert recipe recommendations from pastry chefs

The Food section asked seven local pastry chefs for holiday renditions of restaurant creations that home cooks could replicate.

via December 24

An expat Christmas in Washington

The area’s many foreign-born residents improvise, import and adapt holiday traditions.

via December 23

Bethlehem wants Christians and tourists to return

For years, Palestinian Christians have been quietly abandoning the place where Jesus is said to have been born. Vera Baboun, Bethlehem’s first female mayor, wants to make her West Bank city open to all — former residents and tourists alike.

via December 23

Santas around the world

Santa Claus seems to be spending less and less time at the North Pole.

via December 23

Last-second gifts: Fill in those final gaps on your list

Digital gifts are the obvious answer to getting those last-second gifts without fighting crowds at the store.

via Hayley Tsukayama December 23

How to answer the “Is Santa Real?” question.

There’s something that’s starting to stress me out about this time of the year. It’s not the shopping or the decorating, the cookie baking or the scheduling. It’s the tiptoeing around the Santa issue....

via Amy Joyce December 20

What to do with kids this weekend

Oh the weather outside is... nearing 70 degrees? So it says for this crazed holiday weekend. Although my family was planning to do festive things like ice skating and sipping hot cocoa by the fire, I...

via Amy Joyce|Amy Orndorff December 19

Parenting coach Meghan Leahy on managing a child’s holiday gift expectations

We all want our kids to think Christmas is magical. So we spend hours decorating, baking, inventing mischief for the Elf on the Shelf and watching “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” over and over again....

via Mari-Jane Williams December 19

‘Charlie Brown Christmas’:

‘Charlie Brown Christmas’:

via Michael Cavna December 19

Six ways to bring a little country Christmas to your home

How to bring a bit of Fauquier country charm to your Christmas

via Jura Koncius December 18

Nuts and seeds, a naturally perfect gift

Recipes from Susan Herrmann Loomis and chef Haidar Karoum to complement the holidays.

via Susan Herrmann Loomis December 17

‘Christmas in Washington’: A feel-good night with Hugh Jackman and the first family

Hugh Jackman hosted the annual feel-good concert, though he threw in one crack about the Santa “debate.”

via Emily Yahr December 17

DIY tech-related gifts: Holiday Guide 2013

If the mere mention of Christmas triggers anxiety pains, then you have probably realized that there aren’t that many days left in the holiday shopping season.

via Michelle Williams December 16

DIY gift idea: iPhone case design

If you know someone who has an iPhone or any smartphone for that matter, then this DIY gift idea may be for you.

via Michelle Williams December 16

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: How to make a tablet cover

Valerie Williams of the Bits of Thread sewing studio shares how to make a fabric tablet cover

via Michelle Williams December 16

Holiday beers take center stage next week

Seasonal beer tappings and tastings offer holiday cheer while raising money for local charities.

via Fritz Hahn December 16

White House celebrates quieter holiday season with low-key parties

There was quiet grumbling about the fact that the Obamas missed the congressional parties -- but they were at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

via The Reliable Source December 16

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Cards Against the Holidaysis a holiday theater-going guide for not-horrible people — but also for horrible people,because everyone should be...

via December 16

Too loud! This year’s list of toys that can cause hearing damage.

Listening to a kid’s toy scream, “Amarillo—yellow! Verde—green!” for hours is a special kind of misery. While many parents veto loud toys because they’re annoying, the Sight & Hearing Association is a...

via Rachel Saslow December 13

Holiday shows for families in the Washington area

Here are seven seasonal shows that every generation will enjoy.

via Maura Judkis December 12

CIA’s former ‘chief of disguise’ has a new holiday job: ‘Kids’ Gift Detective’ for Target.

After a 27-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, former ‘chief of disguise’ Jonna Mendez has an unconventional retirement job.

via Amrita Jayakumar December 11

Carolyn Hax Holiday Hootenanny Guide to: Family

Some of the best stories from Carolyn Hax’s annual Hootenanny of Holiday Horrors

via Jessica Stahl December 11

Who says Christmas trees have to be three-dimensional — or trees?

Increasingly, people are thinking outside the (Fraser Fir) box when it’s time to put up a tree

via Nicole Arthur December 11

Christmas tree alternatives

Who says your tree has to be three-dimensional? Here are some alternative trees.

via December 11

Best Cookbooks of 2013

It’s not often that a year of cookbooks can be summed up in a single word. But in 2013, “uneven” fits. With a few exceptions, small books outshone the big ones. Lots of niches were explored. Vegetarians were treated to a rich buffet. While some restaurant chefs kept home cooks in mind, others seemed more interested in chronicling their impossibly perfect plates. We chose the ones we think you’ll learn from and pepper with sticky notes. Here are the Top Ten in alphabetical order, plus favorites among individual categories. See the full list here. — Bonnie S. Benwick

via December 11
Video

Video: White House chefs, led by Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, create a 300-pound gingerbread White House as part of holiday celebrations.

via Reuters December 10

Gift ideas for everyone who eats

Whether you want to splurge or spend wisely, there’s something in this collection of food and kitchen gifts to suit all tastes.

via December 10

President Obama lights National Christmas Tree

The president threw the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation’s capital a festive and seasonal spirit.

via December 6

Touring the markets and architecture of Nuremberg

The southern Germany city is famous for its holiday markets, and its devotion to history.

via December 6

German-style Christmas markets, transplanted to the East Coast

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is being transformed this holiday season with 42 vendors in timber huts. They’re selling wears including handcrafted holiday pieces, South American woolens and mulled wine.

via December 6
Video

Video: Christmas comes to the White House with the unveiling of holiday decorations with First Lady Michelle Obama. She got help from military families and First Dogs Bo and Sunny. The Post's Whitney Leaming talks to reporter Jura Koncius about the festive spread.

via / December 6

Holiday gift ideas for the travelers in your life

Whether they’re traveling around the world or planning their next trip near home, globe-trotters will appreciate these gifts.

via December 6

Michelle Obama opens White House doors to military families to usher in holiday season

Michelle Obama welcomed the 2013 holidays into the White House on Wednesday with military families, hot cider, hand-decorated cookies, a 300-pound gingerbread White House and an extremely friendly new...

via Jura Koncius December 5
Video

Video: The newest Obama dog, Sunny, caused a bit of trouble at the White House Christmas event Wednesday when a little girl fell.

via / December 5

How does a two-year-old make news for falling over? When it’s at the White House.

And new puppy Sunny Obama is involved, of course.

via The Reliable Source December 5

A lively holiday gathering at the White House

First lady Michelle Obama invites military families to visit the White House and preview holiday decorations.

via December 5
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