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Real Simple December 2019

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1 min.
editor’s note

WHEN I WAS growing up, my schoolteacher father spent his spare time helping people new to this country learn English, and often he would bring me along. I went begrudgingly, unclear about why we were spending our Saturday with, say, a Vietnamese family our church had sponsored. “Are we done? I’m bored,” I would whisper, but he genuinely enjoyed these visits. You see, my father knew how it felt to be a stranger in a strange land. My parents lived in American Samoa in the 1960s, when he was principal of a school there, and he spoke vividly about the people who had welcomed them and helped them negotiate island life, which was so different from the life they knew in Iowa. So later, when he was back in Des Moines…

1 min.
real simple 24/7

MEET MAGGIE SEAVER ASSOCIATE EDITOR AT REALSIMPLE.COM Everyday uniform: Madewell jeans, a loose sweater, and flats. Favorite seasonal dish: Christmas rice made from wild rice tossed with sausage, prosciutto, garlic, and herbs. It’s to die for. Ideal weekend plans: Read a book I love so much that I miss itwhen I put it down. Tree Alternatives Deck the halls with everything but an actual Christmas tree. We’ve got ideas for unexpected holiday decor. Get inspired at White Elephant Gift Guide 2019 Make gift exchanges a breeze with our definitive guide to this year’s best white elephant presents. Shop our list at Open and tap for holiday desserts. 40 FESTIVE DINNER RECIPES Are you the host this year? These recipes will make Christmas dinner a highlight of your holiday. Find the recipes at #RSHOLIDAY ’Tis the season for Instagram inspiration, so we’re sharing impressive holiday hacks, recipes, and more…

3 min.
your words

I allow myself one “no” a day. We don’t have to do everything for everyone every day. @STORYSTARTSHERE #RSLOVE “MADE CINNAMON ROLLS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME YESTERDAY! A-MAZ-ING.” @INSPIREDCHICK Being outdoors in the fresh air is an easy way to add peace to my day. I like to get a walk in each day and make sure I breathe deeply. The crisp air is refreshing. HOLLY GALLOWAY, ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK I try to remind myself that life is not a Pinterest board and I don’t have to present a perfect holiday. It’s the people and experiences that matter, not the decorations or gifts. SANDY GIUSTI, BURLINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS I read a sentimental, old-fashioned, feel-good Christmas novel to remind myself of the spirit of the season.DEBBIE BRATEMAN, LITTLETON, COLORADO I listen to the carols on the same albums…

2 min.
the short list

Comforting Guide In Radical Compassion, meditation teacher and podcaster Tara Brach shares a way to find self-love and goodness, feel empathy for others, and shun limiting beliefs, even in this era of polarization and stress. Brach outlines her RAIN (recognize, allow, investigate, nurture) meditation and weaves in examples and anecdotes from real life in this soothing read. Great for Book Club Six-year-old Aoife navigates her brother’s death and mother’s institutionalization in Eliza Nellums’s debut novel, All That’s Bright and Gone. With her imaginary best friend and real-life neighbor, she tries to solve her brother’s murder in the hopes that it will help her mom. This engrossing adventure story speaks to the resilience of children and the bonds of family. Satisfying Suspense In Nalini Singh’s A Madness of Sunshine, a safe, close-knit New Zealand town is…

2 min.
gift wrap supplies

ROCK SOLID This recyclable paper is made from stone rather than trees, making it water-resistant and reusable. TO BUY: Stone Wrapping Paper, $10 per roll; 1 ALL THE STRINGS With two dozen rolls of colored twine in this set, you’ll have plenty left for gifts throughout the year. TO BUY: Jute Twine Pack, $38; 2 MINI MEMOS This booklet includes 75 tiny note cards that can be folded up and used as tags. TO BUY: Little Letters of Good Cheer by Lea Redmond, $10; 3 RULE IT OUT No need for scissors—just measure your paper and pull it along the edge of this tool for a clean, straight cut. TO BUY: WrapMaster Wrapping Paper Cutter, $16; 4 SWEET SHEETS The scalloped borders of this festive tissue paper will elevate any gift bag. TO BUY: Sugar…

1 min.
new uses for old things

MOP PAD Ran out of dusting cloths? Try this trick: Remove the handle of a dry mop and fit a sock over the head. Replace the handle (over the sock) for a quick floor cleanup. Dispose of the sock when you’re done. HOT/COLD PACK Fill a sock with a couple of cups of rice and tie off the end. Microwave it for a minute to make a hot pack, or store it in the freezer to ice injuries. LIGHT BULB MITT Place your hand inside a sock to unscrew a blown-out or still-working-but-hot bulb. If the bulb shatters, the sock will protect your hand. BITS AND BOBS LOCATOR Fit a sock (thin ones work best) over a vacuum’s suction tube and secure it with a rubber band. Vacuum where you suspect a hard-to-see earring back, tiny screw,…