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    A delicate-looking wreath that creates the magical effect of candles flickering in the snow is easy to make and surprisingly sturdy. Wreath frames are strung with twinkling lights that are nestled in frothy, doilylike paper bouquet holders known as "Biedermeiermanschetten."

    Count down to Christmas with a handmade Advent calendar you and the kids can create. Using ornaments, baby socks, and photos, these charming, treat-a-day ideas make the holiday season even more merry. Our simplest Advent calendar to date, this is a minimalist take on the holiday tradition.

    Just because foodstuff is stored behind closed doors doesn't mean it should be housed in unsightly containers. Kayne pours all her grains into tall glass jars, which she likes because she can see the contents clearly and doesn't have to worry about potentially harmful chemicals in plastic. She uses cotton-lined baskets to hold smaller items, a strategy that's practical as well as pretty: The liners contain crumbs and can be easily removed and washed. Makati baskets, from $30 each, conta...

    Deep-Dish Pumpkin-Meringue Pie. I have a blow torch and no excuse not to try this. It's happening.

    Jean Webster's French Silk Pie---pecans in the piecrust!

    Prepare the filling for this pie by poaching quince in sweet dessert wine with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. Use store-bought puff pastry to form the quick and easy crust.

    Once you've mastered a beautifully roasted Thanksgiving turkey, the only remaining step is carving it. From the essential tools to Thomas Joseph's easy to follow step-by-step technique, you'll be carving this year's turkey like a pro!

    The best material for stringing cranberry or popcorn garlands is inside your medicine cabinet. Waxed floss is strong and slick, so cranberries and popcorn will slide on easily. Knot one end of a piece of floss and thread a needle onto the other; just pierce through items and slip them on.

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