Friday, December 06, 2013
Now that Thanksgiving is fully behind us, it is safe to break out those holiday decorations, pour yourself a winterized cocktail, and start reminiscing about favorite holiday traditions. Of course, there is no right or wrong way to do this, as author Andy Briggs explains. “I start putting up holiday decorations on December First and I’m getting earlier every year.” Find out when some of our other favorite authors decide it’s time to dust off that old trust box of favorite decorations and spread holiday cheer in their own homes.
“I put up holiday decorations at the beginning of Advent . . . I’ve always made a paper city for the Advent season. Each building, one through twenty-five, can be opened on its appropriate day to reveal a little gift inside.” —Chris Raschka
“I usually start to force hyacinths in October so they’ll bloom in February. I start to grow paperwhites on the day after Thanksgiving and keep them going in batches for quite a while. My favorite holiday... tradition is definitely forcing bulbs.”—Melanie Falick
“[I make] family dinner on Christmas Eve with my homemade cranberry apricot chutney. This year I’m adding Chinese five-spice and pineapple! Also on the menu for this year: pumpkin bread, creamed spinach, balsamic-glazed brussels sprouts, mmmmm. I’m getting hungry writing this.” —Laura Dower
“My father’s birthday was November twenty-fifth, so that was always the traditional delineation of the Christmas season. I am a Christmas-tree fanatic. I have always had a little tree, even when I was at university. My first year in my own apartment, I had no decorations for my tree, so my roommate and I made dozens of multicolored origami paper cranes to hang on it.” —Elizabeth Wein
“I decorate to the extremes, I start playing Christmas music the day after Halloween, I bake tons of goodies, I’m a bit famous among friends for my homemade eggnog (rum and brandy!), and honestly, I drive everyone crazy with my holiday spirit! Last year the decorations stayed up till almost Valentine’s Day . . . and why is it that it’s always lots more fun to put them up than to take them down?” —Richie Tankersley Cusick
“I like to attend Hanukkah parties and light candles in a room full of family and friends.” —Jacqueline Jules
“My favorite holiday tradition is absolutely the setting up of the Nativity sets and the Christmas trees. I usually wait until the middle of December to decorate the house, and I leave the decorations up until Candlemas Day on February second.” —Tomie dePaola
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Racking your brain trying to think of an exciting new gift for your dad this holiday season? Check out our gift guide for dads and choose the perfect ebook—we guarantee it will outdo the usual tie. And if you’re not sure how to give an ebook, watch our how-to videos. Whether your father schedules his life around sports games, movie marathons, or the oven timer, the right gift is just a few clicks away!