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6 Great Garden Gifts for Christmas

It’s that wonderful time of the year again, when Grumpy the Grinch has stolen all the best garden gifts from Whoville to make them available to you. Here are six great items you’ll want to stuff into every stocking you find. Item #1. Crocus bulb tea light holders (above). This set of three hand-painted steel holders from Gardener’s Supply Company […]

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Garden With Confidence

There’s a pernicious rumor going around that gardening is just too hard for the average person. Oh sure, they can paint their floors and bake a gold-leaf cake for the Queen, but plant some herbs? That’s just so hard! Garden coach Helen Yoest thinks this rumor is pure manure. So she’s written a book to prove that anyone can garden […]

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This Year, Make Holiday Cookie Baking a Breeze

My motto around the holidays? “A homebaked cookie a day keeps the holiday madness at bay.” Plan to mark holiday cookie baking off your “To Do” list, and host your own sweet swap. Pick out your favorite holiday treats from our arsenal of easy-to-make recipes (here and here), and use these tips for flawless gift giving. The best part of […]

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The Gift of Wrapping – A Southern Christmas Essay

One of my earliest, happiest Christmas memories concerns a box wrapped in a Victorian teddy bear paper. I was 6 and had to have a Madame Alexander doll. On Christmas morning, I opened the teddy bears to find my much desired companion. While I hugged her, my thrifty mother smoothed the wrapping and laid it aside.

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Santa Baby, We Want Chocolate

Some of our favorite Southern chocolate makers are rolling out rich, creamy, and downright adorable seasonal offerings. What better excuse to indulge in peppermint-kissed chocolate and silky chocolate penguins? Go ahead, pretend they’re stocking stuffers (your secret is safe with us). Nashville-based Olive and Sinclair recently released their Peppermint Bark (8 ounces for $15.99), a melding of dark chocolate, buttermilk white chocolate and […]

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Tough Cookies

In Allison Glock’s annual family contest, half-baked ideas are sure to crumble, and the only thing sweeter than victory is the cage match of family bonding. While other families embrace the holiday season by singing carols, cheering bowl games, and drinking too much eggnog, my family celebrates Kennedy-style by engaging in fierce competition

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Tiny Trees for Christmas — Bonsai!

Don’t you just hate it when your Mom unwraps her Christmas presents and finds out you and your brother gave her the same thing? Well, here’s a unique gift Grumpy guarantees no one else in the family will think of. A miniature tree or shrub that’s a true work of art. It’s called a bonsai.

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Virginia’s Holiday Finest

Folks in the Old Dominion have been celebrating Christmas for centuries, and they still know how to throw a party when December rolls around, from Richmond’s city sparkle to Middleburg’s fox hunt parade.

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Give A Grow Box This Christmas

Grumpy is a merciless judge when it come to recommending gifts for gardeners. Only the coolest, most useful, most imaginative items make it past his jaundiced eye. And the first gift on his Christmas list this year is something you will absolutely love. The Grow Box.

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Behind The Scenes: Making The December Issue

Fall may just be hitting the air, but at Southern Living we’re in full holiday mode. Here’s a sneak peek at what goes into creating those gorgeous spreads in our December issue. It’s all just icing on the cake, really. 

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