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It’s easy to overdose on tinsel, glitter, and lights during the holiday season. From sparkly wrapping paper to twinkling lights on the tree, the glitz and glitter can be a bit much for even the most devoted Christmas enthusiast.

Rather than getting all Scrooge-like about an excess of festive fripperies, we’re turning to the experts at The Simple Things for inspiration on how to make our homes merry and bright for the season with elegant and sustainable nature-inspired decorations.

These simple festive crafts will add a vintage touch to your holiday decorating this year — with the added benefit of getting out in the fresh air to do some foraging for materials.

From natural tree ornaments to recyclable gift wrap, your house will soon be filled with wintery wonder. And not a single sequin in sight…

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Nothing says, “the holidays are here” quite like the delicious aroma of festive baking. As soon as the sweet smells of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves come wafting from the oven, we are transported to joyful memories of Christmases past.

These scents and flavours becoming a huge part of our individual traditions, and every family has a sweet treat they love to indulge in during the holiday season, from gingerbread to mince pies to panettone, passing these comforting traditions down through generations.

This year, though, we’re inviting you to step outside of your Christmas comfort zone and try something new with your holiday baking.

We’ve pulled together three delicious Mediterranean-inspired cookie recipes from our new cookbooks Casablanca: My Moroccan Food and Mazi: Modern Greek Food that we think are a great addition to any festive celebration.

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The holiday season can be a stressful time. Between all the excitement of parties and winter getaways, we somehow have to find the time to buy and wrap gifts, send holiday cards, bake cookies, prepare our homes for visiting friends and relatives, and plan elaborate meals. 

Stress, exhaustion, and mixed feelings have become part of the festive season for many people, but with some simple advice from The Little Book of Stress Relief by David Posen MD you can reduce your holiday stress and enjoy yourself.

 

1.     Buy your gifts in advance or shop online

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