Christmas-Countdown

Let the countdown begin: How many days until Christmas? PLUS recipes, crafts, cookies and more!

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Scroll down to see what kind of Christmas
fun and food we have in store for you!

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When is Christmas 2018?

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Christmas is on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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Cheerfully delicious
Christmas recipes

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Christmas is all about celebrating the season with family and loved ones. This is often done around a tree, with gifts — and, of course, with FOOD! One of our favorite options for the main course is our prime rib with horseradish cream, or if you are looking for something that’s a little simpler, this brown sugar and bourbon slow cooker spiral ham is a great option!

Delicious side dishes we love include cheesy holiday potatoes and a refreshing cauliflower salad with lemon tahini dressing that is guaranteed to become a new holiday favorite.

Don’t forget about the night before, though! Our Christmas Eve salad is the perfect light meal before the big day — or a great option before you start digging into all those Christmas cookies.

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Brown sugar and bourbon slow cooker spiral ham

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A classic
prime rib dinner
with horseradish cream

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Cheesy holiday potatoes

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Cauliflower salad

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Christmas Eve salad

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See all the best
food & hostess gifts

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Looking for a cute gift idea you can take with you on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to say ‘thank you’ to your host? Or maybe you are looking for a homemade gift idea you can give to your family or friends. No matter what you seek, you have come to the right place! 

Which are our favorites? The sea salt caramels would have to be the number one! Who doesn’t love caramel — and it’s always a great gift during the holidays.

Looking for something cute but easy to make? Check out the hot cocoa shots. Kids (and adults) of all ages drink hot chocolate, and when it’s packaged so sweetly, it can be perfectly giftworthy.

When it comes to the award for adorablity, there’s nothing like these reindeer candy jars

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Sea salt vanilla caramels

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Mulled wine mix

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Cranberry bread loaves

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Cinnamon & sugar nuts

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Reindeer candy bottles

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Hot cocoa shots

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Merry Christmas crafts

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There is no better holiday for making your own crafts and decorations than Christmas. The options are endless, and creating your own homemade decorations are guaranteed to bring your family and friends together.

With our hanging kissing ball decoration, you can do away with looking for mistletoe and figuring out where to hang it. You can make the kissing ball and add custom ribbons and other decorations to make it perfectly unique!

The homemade glass ornament is also a wonderful idea — plus it is a craft kids can make, too! As a bonus, this ornament can be personalized and given as a gift.

Looking for a cute festive pinecone craft? We have these adorable pinecone trees that are simple to make, and will help create a frosty winter wonderland in your home.

Want more craft ideas? Find all of our Christmas crafts here!

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Christmas hanging kissing ball

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Homemade glass Christmas ornament

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Pinecone Christmas trees

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But we’re not done yet! CLICK HERE to see more Christmas crafts & recipes

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Creative Christmas cookies

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Christmas and cookies go hand in hand. Tables are filled with various cookies at your holiday gathering, friends and relatives will give plates of cookies as gifts every year. There are even cookie swaps and parties held where everyone bakes their favorite cookies to share with each other.

We love Christmas cookies, especially these recipes! We have three traditional, family favorite Christmas cookies that may well transport you back to your childhood.

The sugar cookie is a classic, and these cut out sugar cookies with royal icing not only taste delicious, but are also a beautiful addition to your cookie tray. Then, for a treat has festivity twirled into it, these candy cane cookies are a perfect addition to the Christmas cookie platter.

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Snowball peppermint cookies

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Easy no-bake reindeer Oreo pops

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Super-adorable mouse cookies

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3 Christmas cookies

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Holiday pinwheel cookies

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Classic candy cane cookies

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Cut out sugar cookies

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And that’s not all! CLICK HERE to see more Christmas cookie recipes

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“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Christmas for the grown-ups

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Holiday Noel spritzer cocktail

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Gingersnap martini cocktail

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Hot apple cider with buttered rum

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And that’s not all! CLICK HERE to see more Christmas drink recipes

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Christmas videos, step-by-step

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But wait – we have yet more Christmas treats!

Click here to see even more delightful ideas that will make your holiday season perfect.

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