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Martha Stewart Living December 2012

We've expanded our magazine to bring you more of the ideas you want for organizing, entertaining, cooking, and decorating- all in one place. Plus, our special Gardening issue, Entertaining Issue, Decorating Issue and Holiday issue are all yours to enjoy as a subscriber.

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2 min.
on our radar

Las Noches de las Luminarias A native Texan, Living’s gardening director, Stephen Orr, appreciates the Southwestern tradition of displaying glowing paper lanterns during the holiday season. Which is why he’s eager to see the display at the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix, at night. Guided by more than 8,000 hand-lit luminarias, visitors can explore the garden’s pathways and terraces, which feature nearly 4,000 types of desert plants. On selected nights between December 7 and 30, dbg.org. holiday boat parade The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade—a five-day floating light show—is a 104-year-old Southern California tradition. Nearly 100 boats, including megayachts and one-person vessels, wend their way along the 14-mile route, which attracts about a million onlookers. The elaborate holiday scenes require thousands of lights and months of planning. December 19 to 23, christmasboatparade.com. Food Experiments The…

2 min.
holiday staycation

THERE’S NOTHING BETTER than staying home for the holidays. This is the time of year when you’ve got a built-in excuse to wear your pajamas well past lunchtime. And in my house, it’s prime time for all-hands-on-deck project cooking. As I mentioned in our September 2011 issue, my family shares a townhouse with my brother-and sister-in-law and their 3-year-old son, and we spend the holidays at home with them, our parents, and other family members and friends. So the week between Christmas and New Year’s is—blissfully, for me—a succession of homemade meals. I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen. She was a meticulous and inspired cook who as a young adult had moved from the Veneto, in northern Italy, to Le Marche, on the Adriatic coast. Christmas back…

1 min.

gifts HOLIDAY GIFT TAGS Dress up store-bought tags with tiny tamarack pinecones and fresh pine needles. For more label ideas, browse marthastewart.com/diy-gift-tags. PERSONALIZED GIFT GUIDES Deciding on the perfect present for everyone on your list just got a little easier. Visit marthastewart.com/holiday-gift-guides to peruse our guides categorized by interest. crafts HOMEMADE STOCKINGS Find these felt stockings (similar to the ones in “And Through the Woods,” page 128) and more projects at marthastewart.com/christmas-stockings. DIY ORNAMENTS When it comes to ideas for crafty ornaments, you can’t beat a roundup of our winter-holiday hits chosen from all 22 years of Living. Visit marthastewart.com/christmas-ornaments. home HOLIDAY ORGANIZING TIPS A few add-ons turn a pegboard into a one-stop wrapping station. Go to marthastewart.com/holiday-organizing for more ideas. TREE-DECORATING IDEAS Get inspiration from themed trees embellished with tinsel, ornaments, and toppers at marthastewart.com/christmas-trees. food HOLIDAY FEASTS Check out marthastewart.com/holiday-dishes for special recipes such as…

7 min.
gifts from the farm

EACH YEAR, around September, I start to think seriously about my personal Christmas gifts for family members and close friends, and every year it is a challenge to create something new, something different, something meaningful from my own world. I spend most of my free time at my farm in Bedford, gardening, cooking, raising small livestock, and conjuring many of the creative ideas that become articles, books, and products for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. As these free moments become scarcer (Alexis’s new babies now take up lots of time), I find that the gifts have become simpler but no less evocative—I hope—of nature and the goodness of the homemade and the handmade. In the past, I have steamed countless plum puddings in handmade crockery bowls, made pâtés in French pâté dishes…

1 min.
bee man candles

SOME KIDS NAG their parents for a bike, an iPhone, or sugary cereal. When Brian Howell was 11, he started campaigning for a beehive. “My passion for candle-making started with beekeeping,” he says. He became smitten with the idea at the Empire State Honey Producers Association’s booth at the 1991 New York State Fair. The following year, a neighbor gave him three hives in exchange for his help selling honey and candles at crafts shows. Those hives were the start of the Bee Man Candle Company (beemancandles.com), says Howell, now 33. Granted, there was a learning curve, like the night when Howell’s mom went to church and told him the oven was off-limits for making candles, “so I used the microwave instead,” he says, “and blew it up.” These days, Howell’s parents…

7 min.
2012 gift guide

Yes, it’s the thought that counts, but as any holiday shopper knows, there’s also plenty of time and effort involved in seeking out just the right present. This year, we did the legwork for you, asking our food, style, crafts, gardening, and design editors what they’d most like to receive. The result: 35 unique, passion-specific gifts sure to elicit the same response: “How did you know?!?” WRAP IT UP1. Kraft shipping paper with white snowflakes, Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery, $5 per roll, staples.com. 2. Ultra-Eco paper, Acorn in Warm Red, $8 for 2 sheets, shop.upupcreative.com. Manila tags, Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery, $3 for 12, staples.com. 3. Screen-printed paper, in Golden Berries, $8.50 for 3 sheets, riflepaperco.com. 4. Recycled paper, in Xmas Tree, $8 for 2 sheets, smockpaper.com.…