This year, for only the second time ever, I’ll be missing Christmas with my family. My parents live in Germany and my husband and I decided to save our vacation time and travel budget and stay home in New York this year. I’m definitely sad to be missing my family, especially since I saw them only a total of three days this whole year, but considering all the weather-related travel snafus in Europe right now, it’s probably for the best we decided to stay put. So, since this is my first-ever Christmas in NYC — and my first with just my husband and me — we’re thinking about new traditions we can start as our own little family unit. Since Drew, my husband, is Jewish, we’ll probably honor his tradition of Chinese food and a movie either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. And if I can get my act together, I’ll roast a chicken and make some trimmings for a nice dinner. Any other suggestions for making the holiday feel more festive? What kind of traditions do you and your family have? 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 »
Santa Claus is coming to town, or something. So we’ve assembled our list of the naughtiest and nicest people of the year. Above, our Nice List — deserving people who did something kinda great this year. After the jump, our naughty list of folks who deserve coal in their stockings! Are you on it? And tell us, who’s on your naughty and nice lists? Keep reading »
Nobody turns out a beloved Christmas track quite like Ru! Here she is, back in the ’90s, glamming up “Little Drummer Boy.” Love the white gown and matching fur muff. Wait, what did you think I was talking about in the headline? Work it, girl! Keep reading »
A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I were doing laundry at his parents’ house when I overheard him talking to his mom about his Christmas present for me. Neither, it seemed, realized how easily noise traveled from the kitchen through the dining room to the living room. I could only pick up a few words, like “reservations.” At a separate time, I told him how my present for him was waiting at my parents’ house to be opened on Christmas morning and he replied that it would be really awkward for him to give his gift to me in front of my parents. On top of this, he started teasing me about my present coming in the mail and forwarding me FedEx emails just to taunt me.
Naturally, I started to think he had bought an engagement ring. And in addition to being in love, I felt like I was walking on air.
Then, a few days later, the FedEx package arrived. Keep reading »
Behold, the Kardashians‘ Christmas photo for this year. Is it just me, or does it look like it was taken on the set of “Beetlejuice”? If you want to know what everyone is wearing, click here. Little Mason’s suit is bespoke. And also seems a little “Addams Family.” [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Confused about what to get for the special lady in your life? Well, guys, after I warned you about the 19 Christmas presents that won’t get you laid, I felt it was only fair to tell you which ones will. If you wanna heat things up in the bedroom this winter, here are some presents that’ll make the holiday season sexy. And remember, gentlemen, it’s always better to give than to receive! Keep reading »
“My mother still believes in Santa Claus. We tried to break it to her once, but she wasn’t having it. There are very few believers in the world, but my mother is one of them. I don’t know if she’d admit that this is why she does it, but it’s just more fun to believe in Santa than not to.”
—Ryan Gosling tells GQ about his date to the Oscars in 2007, his mom. Awwww. [People] Keep reading »
Men would rather give than receive. Keep this in mind, ladies, as you freak out, panic, and wring your hands over what to get your beloved for Christmas. Around this time of year, I offer my services to various female friends who are all on maddening quests to buy their boyfriends and their husbands the perfect gift. These women are driven partly out of love, and partly because they feel they have to top the gifts their husbands and boyfriends have gotten them in the past. These gifts were, of course, exactly what the women wanted, and they were either cleverly hidden or extravagantly wrapped.
The secret to buying a woman the “perfect” gift, of course, is simple. You listen to her. Keep reading »