No matter how far or nearby it is, a country getaway should make you feel the distance from your usual 24-7 life. Turn yours into a real retreat with furniture that’s not only not precious but low-maintenance. — Janet Bennett Kelly
Imitating the look of vintage tin, these ceramic mugs are meant for gathering round the campfire or lingering over coffee and a pancake breakfast. $9.95 each at Red Barn Mercantile, 113 S. Columbus St., Alexandria, 703-838-0355. www.redbarnmercantile.com.Red Barn Mercantile
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.