I’m not looking to shit on anyone’s insane holiday spirit, but I’m sorry, having 277 Christmas trees in your house, like Maryland woman Renetta Zanco does, seems excessive. Saying that her house looks “like Macy’s department store” would be an understatement. Zanco, who often spends 10 hours a days Christmasing her house from top to tail, has 28 trees displayed in her bathroom alone — including one that is made of toilet paper rolls and one that lives in the shower during the holiday season. (I’m curious about how that works.) Keep reading »
I got a tiny Charlie Brown Christmas tree last week and decked it out with shiny red ornaments and a garland of gold stars. I love the holiday spirit it brings to my living room, but I also love the aesthetic: greens and reds and golds and sparkles galore. Couldn’t we all take some fashion hints from the cheery and unapologetically gaudy trees that are everywhere this time of year? After the jump, a roundup of Christmas tree-inspired clothes and accessories … Keep reading »
Most of you Christmas celebrators have probably had your tree up for weeks. My family, however, must be full of procrastinators, because we like to wait until Christmas Eve to trim the tree. It started when a few of us went off to college, and my parents thought it would be nice to wait until everyone had returned before selecting an evergreen. Being the last one on the block with a tree in the window has worked out well for us; there are usually crazy discounts the day before since Christmas trees aren’t exactly useful after the fact.
If you’re late to the game like my family, why not add a popcorn garland to the tree this year? Plus, in the video above, I divulge my secret for making air-popped popcorn without having an air popper, which is all kinds of useful, even after Christmas. Keep reading »
There’s nothing like the smell of fresh pine this time of year, but having a real Christmas tree comes with some downsides: those freaking needles get everywhere, the thing needs to be watered even though it’s dead, and none of us have the space for a 9″ beauty. The fake options below will make your apartment festive this December without the drawbacks. Just make sure to buy a pine-scented candle so you don’t miss out on the smell of Douglas Fir. Keep reading »