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For many of us, wrapping a gift can be even more fun than giving it. But each year, we throw away tons of wrapping paper, much of it non-recyclable. Here are some creative, stylish and eco-friendly approaches to gift-wrapping. By Kim Cook. 450 words. Photos.
For many families, dressing up in matching pajamas is a Christmas Eve and Christmas morning tradition — even when the kids get older. A look at pictures posted on social media shows that the variety of styles and patterns has increased in recent years. Matching outfits make for an ideal photo opp, its fans say. By Melissa Kossler Dutton. 550 words. Photos.
CONCORD, N.H. — How-to books are a great introduction to new hobbies and crafts, but a book alone can be a boring gift. This year, surprise your crafty friends by creating DIY kits, pairing a book with the supplies needed to dive right in. By Holly Ramer. 600 words. Photos.
HOLIDAYS-OPEN HOUSE TIPS
There are many ways to entertain, but during the busy holiday season, it’s the Open House party that I gravitate to. Not a big sit-down meal, not a crowded two-hour cocktail party, but a gentle stretch of time with people coming and going as they please. From a serve-yourself bar to an array of (mostly) room-temperature food, here are tips for putting together your own Open House party. By Katie Workman. 720 words. Photos.
Tips for hosts — and guests — to help make holiday visits cheerier for everyone. “Remember the spirit of the holidays,” says one expert — especially flexibility and thoughtfulness. By Katherine Roth. 700 words. Photos.