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Dec 18

11 Things You Really Can Get Rid of Between Christmas and New Year's Day

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is usually a quiet one, so it’s the perfect time to go through your things and declutter. Between donating old pantry items and gently worn clothes, recycling gift boxes and catalogs, and tossing out old wine and leftovers, there’s plenty to clear out so you can make your home ready for the new year—and it’ll be conducive to helping you keep your resolutions.

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Dec 18

All the 'Friends' Christmas Episodes, Ranked from Worst to Best

Any diehard “Friends” fan knows that the one holiday that truly belonged to our favorite six coffee addicts is Thanksgiving—with the eating pants, the ladyfingers and beef sautéed with peas and onions, and the truth about how Chandler lost a toe. But don’t think for a second the show ignored this festive time of year. Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross enjoyed hijinks around Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s, just as much as that other holiday. But which “Friends” holiday season episode reigns supreme? To figure it out, we weighed both the funny and the festive in all of the holiday episodes throughout the show’s 10-season run. See where your favorite falls on our list.

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Dec 18

A Dallas Condo Decorated for a Scandi Boho Christmas — House Tour

Name: Hannah Wilson and husband
Location: Dallas, Texas
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years Lived In: 6 months, owned

We’ve established a bit of a tradition around Christmastime here at Apartment Therapy in recent years: Checking in on recent favorite house tours to see how they’ve decorated their home for the holidays. Whether you’re looking for extraordinarily last-minute decor inspiration, or, like me, you just love looking at a lovely spread of festive cheer, you’ll enjoy the beautiful and boho vibes of this Dallas home decorated for Christmas.

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Dec 18

A Classic Chicago Loft Ready for Christmas — House Tour

Name: A couple and their schnauzer/poodle mix
Location: Ukrainian Village — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,600 sq ft
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

These two had to do a lot of work after purchasing this space. The chain smoking previous owner had been there for years and the loft was covered in (stinky) carpet. Ceiling ducts 12 feet off the ground were a grimy, salmon color and in an overall unattractive state. [Editor’s note: This tour is a rerun from last year because it’s just decorated so cheerfully for the holidays!]

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22
Dec 18

11 Last-Minute Gifts to Pick Up on Your Trader Joe's Run — 2018 Gift Guides

It’s the day before school break and you realize you don’t have a present for your child’s teacher. Or maybe you’re due at a holiday party in an hour, but you completely spaced on a hostess gift? Unfortunately, most of us know that sinking feeling all too well. But you don’t have to show up empty-handed with a meek mention of owing that special someone a present. As long as you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you can pick up a gift as late as 5:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve. (Most Trader Joe’s stores close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and remain closed through Christmas Day.)

Here, the best gifts you can buy at Trader Joe’s—all under $12.

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22
Dec 18

All "The Office" Christmas Episodes, Ranked from Worst to Best

While “Bob’s Burgers” and “Friends” maintains the monopoly on Thanksgiving stories, other shows crafted and perfected the sitcom holiday episode. Chief among them may be NBC’s “The Office,” which ran for nine seasons and celebrated Christmas for seven of them.

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22
Dec 18

This May Be the Coolest Holiday Trend We Spotted This Year

Traditional holiday decorators, look away! Your sensibilities will be shocked by this article, where wreaths wrapped in eucalyptus, macrame, and rattan are suggested to pep up your bare walls and doors. But if you’re feeling adventurous this season and want to try on a new style for when it comes to holiday decor, then these new-wave wreaths just might catch your interest. Bohemians can adopt dream-catcher-like crochet wreaths, where vintage lovers can pick out sugar-sprinkled walnut wreaths that give any front door a retro touch. Minimalists will appreciate bare eucalyptus wreaths, whereas maximalists might be tempted with teal and peach flower designs. Check out some original picks below, and see if you’re feeling bold this season!

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Dec 18

A Colorful, Kitschy Tour of a Home with 100 Christmas Trees — House Tour

Name: Jennifer Perkins and husband Chris Boehk along with daughter Tallulah and son Baxter. Kitty is Bri.
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 2,900 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 3.5 years

We’ve toured craft maven, entrepreneur and all-around badass woman Jen Perkins’ home for Halloween. Twice. Not exactly known for her minimalist views on decor, you guys asked to see how she tackles the task of adding Christmas cheer to her Austin home, and she (and fabulous photographer Chelsea Francis) have delivered. Her home—and the 100 trees within it—is truly cheery and kitschy enough to brighten even the biggest Grinch’s day.

→ Yes, this is a rerun of a tour because, well, 100 trees. But anyone who is familiar with Jen knows that she doesn’t repeat herself. Though we didn’t tour her home this year ourselves, hop on over to her website for a full tour and Instagram to see how she’s decked her kitschy halls this year. It looks very pink-a-liscious!

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Dec 18

7 Gift-Giving Mistakes Too Many People Make

A good gift always leaves a lasting impression. Unfortunately, so do bad ones. Since it’s easy to get wrapped up—no pun intended—in all of the excitement of holiday shopping, it’s important to know the difference between a thoughtful gift and one that’s actually impolite.

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Dec 18

A Rustic English Home Has the Coziest Christmas Decor — House Tour

Name: Kay Prestney, husband Andy, and their children Bella and Finn
Location: Essex/Suffolk border, UK
Years lived in: 9 years

Freelance interior designer, stylist and self-confessed Scandi junkie Kay Prestney and her family — husband Andy and children Bella and Finn — are all set to celebrate the festive season in style in their cozy country home. The largely monochrome palette of whites, pale greys and deepest off-blacks is softened by natural wood and wicker, accessories in ceramic, copper and coloured glass, and plenty of twinkling lights and candles. Wooden floors and rustic wooden benches are warmed up with piles of tactile rugs, sheepskins, cushions and woollen blankets. And, as in any true Scandi-style home, there’s a great sense of connection with the outdoors, with bare branches and garlands of evergreen brought in from the local woodlands and used as decoration.

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