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Countdown to Christmas: 25 Festive Food, Gift, and Decorating Ideas

Spread cheer all through the house with these holiday crafts, recipes, and decorating projects.

Crafts by Suzonne Sterling; Recipes by Cindy Heller

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Wrapped gifts
Peter Ardito
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It's a Wrap

Get creative. Instead of buying rolls and rolls of holiday paper, wrap gifts with kraft or butcher paper, then add a pop of color. Folded and fanned squares of tissue paper make a pretty rosette (for step-by-step instructions, see the following three slides); the recycled fronts of old Christmas cards lend a decorative touch; and little details like twine elevate the ordinary. Use strips of tissue as ribbon.

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