Want to spice up the season?

Try these new takes on some classic holiday traditions

With Thanksgiving gone and December here, it’s officially time to deck those halls and plan those parties. But if you’re tired of the same worn-out decorations you bring down from the attic every year or exhausted by the idea of yet another White Elephant exchange, why not do something new? Some traditions will never change, but we’ve got some ideas to help you spice up the 2016 holiday season.


Wreaths are great for adding a pop of color to any door, but they can be predictable. An easy way to avoid this is to personalize it with pictures of family members. These wreaths, which can be purchased or hand-crafted, are sure to create a memorable moment between host and guest. Example: bit.ly/2fMOvrK

For a unique and fun table centerpiece, why not let your wineglass take on a new role? With a little creativity, a little spray paint and a little time, a simple glass from the dollar store can transform into beautiful candle holder centerpiece for your dinner table. Example: bit.ly/2g8nyQ3


Let’s say your Christmas cookie exchange is right around the corner but the only thing you have left in the cupboard is a package of Oreos. Never fear! All you need is those Oreos, some frosting and some sprinkles and you can make a creative and delicious Mickey Mouse-themed treat that’s sure to impress. Example: bit.ly/2gWuJ1V

Now that you’ve got your cookies, let’s find a place to put them — a Pringles can makes the perfect cookie package. Use construction or holiday wrapping paper to decorate the outside of the can, transforming it into an elegant and creative container for your cookies. Example: bit.ly/2gJVvHZ

Gift Exchanges

Secret Santa can get old year after year. This year, try playing a card game to mix up the party. In this game, each person brings a funny or random gift and creates a game card with an instruction like “Trade gifts with the tallest player in the group” or “Swap gifts with anyone who’s wearing an earring.” This is sure to keep things interesting. Example: bit.ly/2gWzkRH

Or consider a “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”-themed gift exchange. Each person brings a gift, then one person reads the popular holiday story but sneaks in the words “right” or “left” whenever they’d like. When one of those words are said, the participants pass their gifts that direction. Example: bit.ly/2gK0QyZ

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