The Christmas season can officially start because Mariah Carey is singing holiday songs. The pop diva pretaped two performances for the annual lighting of the famed Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in NYC on Tuesday night. The actual lighting ceremony will take place tonight at 9 p.m. EST on NBC, but Mariah got a head start on the action, which will also include performances from Mary J. Blige and Ariana Grande. Mariah is no stranger to the Rockefeller tree-lighting bash as she has performed at the annual event every year since 2009.
Bust out the sprinkles and whip up a batch of royal icing, because Christmas cookie season is finally upon us! But first snap up an assortment of cookie cutters that range in style from the classic to the quirky to add an extra dimension of fun and festivity to your favorite cookie recipe.
This Christmas, expand your kids' surprises from under the tree all the way into the kitchen. We've found a slew (17 to be exact) of festive, fun seasonal recipes that make Christmas sweets and eats so much more special. Click through, and find your favorite way to celebrate — morning, noon, and night!
Most will admit that cookie dough is the best (if only) reason for making cookies, but these incredible cookie dough truffles from The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook skip the whole nonsensical baking part.
There's no egg in the batter. Instead, heavy whipping cream helps bind the dough together.
To shape the truffles easier, pop the dough in the freezer to firm it up. Also, try wearing powder-free gloves while rolling the balls to prevent your hands from warming up the dough.
It will be difficult not to scoop up little bite-fuls while making, so plan on doubling the recipe so you can snag some guilt-free.
Few people have a mandoline and even fewer have a dehydrator, but both of those pieces of equipment are not absolutely necessary to make apple chips.
Dipping the apples in lemon juice enhances the flavor and helps prevent the apple chips from completely oxidizing.
Before baking, sprinkle cinnamon or other spices of your choice atop the apples. As the apples cook, your kitchen will smell like apple pie is baking.
The dehydrated apple chips are an easy edible gift for those who err on the side of healthy but crave a seasonal snack.
Now that we are officially in the Christmas season, it's time for a time-honored celebrity tradition — the annual Kardashian Christmas card. E! revealed the new family portrait on Sunday following a special holiday-themed edition of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. While previous editions of the card have included shots of the sisters' significant others, this year's version, photographed by David LaChapelle, doesn't include Kanye West, Scott Disick, or Lamar Odom. Meanwhile, Rob Kardashian and Kim's young daughter North West are also noticeably absent from the family fun. However, Kris Jenner's estranged husband Bruce Jenner does make an appearance trapped in some sort of futuristic tube.
Of course, the card isn't without controversy. The entire scene is staged in a trashed shopping mall, with cutouts of different photos plastered all over the background. One photo, located behind Kylie Jenner, shows a full naked woman while another, located nearby, displays a bare-breasted woman cradling a child. While nudity isn't exactly something that most people associate with the holidays, it's only fitting that the Kardashians stay a little on the naughty side for their special card. Keep reading to see Kendall and Kylie's NSFW shot from the Christmas card.
It's never (we repeat, never) too early to spread holiday cheer far and wide. Who wouldn't want to sniff pine candles or wear holiday socks right now? Take the initiative and shower your girlfriends with gifts that scream "ho, ho, ho!" In other words: get your jingle on, girl.
- She'll stay cozy with these supercute faux fur mittens ($36).
- This iPhone case ($40) will keep her clinking all season long.
- A geometric gold ornament ($9) is the perfect addition to her Christmas tree.
- She'll be rocking out to this Christmas CD ($10) day and night.
- Panties that look like candy canes ($9) are too cute to pass up.
- Don't wait to give her this great-smelling pine candle ($68).
- Nothing like some colorful felt garlands ($24) to kick spirits into high gear.
- She definitely won't want to hide these festive Christmas socks ($8).
- Some pink Christmas lip gloss ($10) will be her best friend when she's party hopping.
- Tell her you'll only give her this jingle sign ($7) if she promises to live up to its message.
'Tis the season of ice-skating dates, fireside kisses, and twinkling lights. There's something about the cold Winter that warms the heart, making the holidays the most romantic time of the year. So it's no surprise that some of our favorite Christmas movies have love-filled moments, and some of our favorite rom-coms take place during the season of snow and Santa. As we cuddle with our loved ones by the fire this December to watch classic Christmas-y flicks — from Christmas in Connecticut to The Holiday — let's get in the mood for mistletoe with our favorite lines on love from holiday movies!
Did you grow up counting down the days until Christmas with an Advent calendar? The holiday tradition has taken on an entirely new life of its own, thanks to the creativity of some very design-savvy moms and crafters. Whether you prefer to DIY or click and buy, we've rounded up 14 absolutely beautiful Advent calendars to add a beautiful spin on the December countdown for your little ones!
If you're searching for a gift to present to a loved one, why not go for something homemade and delicious? Whether you're looking for a quick and easy project or a more involved afternoon affair, these creative gifts will impress all of your friends and family. Likewise, we have picks for any palate and proclivity, including those with a raging sweet tooth, the salt-obsessed, the boozehound, and more.
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