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Christmas Planning

Need a plan to stay organized and survive the holiday season? Here's how.

CATHERINE COPPOLA, 57, MUSIC HISTORY PROFESSOR, RIC FRANK, 63, LOWER SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHER AND BAND LEADER, AND CELIA FRANK, 15, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT.

With November upon us, we’re about to enter prime party season—you know, that time of year when guests are coming over and your home needs to look its holiday finest. No worries!

Like many, I spent a good part of last weekend de-Christmas-ing my house.

Written by Crystal Paine, founder of Moneysavingmom.com Planning and preparing a delicious holiday spread doesn’t have to break the bank.

It's a cruel truth of monetary timing that the holidays fall at the end of the year—just in time to torpedo your annual budget.

By Janet Taylor, M.D., M.P.H As we approach the holiday season, it’s absolutely crucial that moms practice using one word: No.

Avoid a holiday meltdown with these easy stress-fighting tips.

Last year Americans spent an estimated $750 on holiday gifts—and many ended up paying the price well into the new year. But don't say "Bah, humbug!" just yet.

If your stack of unfinished holiday cards and the never-ending lines at the mall are leaving you frazzled, you aren't alone.

This season, serenity starts at home. Here's how to handle five family conflicts that threaten to take the happy out of your holidays.

Chances are your December traditions look a little like this: Baking cookies that disappear before they're cool. Parking everyone in front of the TV to watch A Christmas Story on cable.

Use these good-for-you ideas from our food director/registered dietitian to make better party-food decisions (without depriving yourself of anything!) this season.

Shopping, cooking, gift-wrapping, entertaining. The tasks and expenses that pile up each December can feel never-ending.

A devoted husband and dad, New Yorker Cliff Archer is proof positive that there really is a Santa Claus. Meet him and three other holiday heroes.

My son is only 12, but he's already taught me some grown-up lessons about the gifts that matter most.

Too much shopping and entertaining, and a never-ending to-do list, can turn December into super-stress season. But these simple strategies will keep your holidays merry and special.

With all the festive flitting and fussing that's about to take place over the next few weeks, even the mellowest of sugar-plum fairies can feel a little fretful.