The Spirit Of The Holidays

Parents are the keepers of holiday joy — take that, Santa — and Romper’s The Spirit Of The Holidays honors that with gift guides, stories on mothering through the magic, and more.

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Dolls Gone Wild

Me, my young daughters, and our many glitter-haired, tiny-waisted, heavily accessorized roommates.

Written by Erin Somers

Santas Of Pop Culture, Ranked

Ultimately, I’m still a former child, enthralled by this pajama-clad godhead who was attuned to both my heart’s desires and my house’s weakest access points.

by Evie Ebert
The Spirit of the Holidays

I'm Extra At The Holidays — And I Enjoy Every Second Of It

It’s time to settle down for a long winter’s nap... but do it in reindeer sheets.

by Samantha Darby
The Spirit of the Holidays

31 Days Of Holiday Desserts

From homemade candy for gifts to cookies and cakes to enjoy with family, there is a treat for every holiday moment here.

by Samantha Darby
Buon Natale!

“Dominick The Donkey” Is The Annoying Christmas Tradition I Can't Live Without

This staple of Italian-American Christmas has gained popularity in recent years, but still too few people are aware of this absurd earworm.

by Jamie Kenney

A Playlist For Your Holiday Angst

Grab your headphones and offer to walk the dog, do the last minute grocery store run, take an extra lap around the neighborhood or hide in the closet. The new year is right around the corner.

by Kate Suddes
Getting Dressed

This $88/Month Clothing Rental Service Has Me All Set For New Year’s Eve

Nuuly Rent has helped me take my plus-size style from basic mom to best dressed.

by Michelle Yang

Making Family Christmas Rituals That Have Nothing To Do With Presents (Or Jesus)

In a religious community, you are handed very old, sometimes ancient, rituals that evoke a sense of meaning. Outside of that, we are left to create our own.

by Miranda Rake
Spirit of the Holidays

The Gifting Hack That Made Me Actually Enjoy Christmas

The perfect solution to holiday gifting stress requires no spending and no new stuff.

by Annie Midori Atherton
Spirit Of The Holidays

Store-Bought Meals Didn’t Ruin Our Holidays. They Made Them.

Slice-and-bake is code for sit-and-relax.

by Katie McPherson

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As A Single Mom At 50, I Finally Figured Out How To Enjoy Christmas By Myself

by Jen McGuire

If your kids see their other parent this week, at a time when it feels like nobody in the wide world ever is alone at all, I see you. I was you.


If Your Kids Love Their Elf, You Don't *Have* To Put Him Away On Christmas

by Jacqueline Burt Cote and Meguire Hennes

Your Elf has options.


20 Ways To End Your Elf On The Shelf For Good

by Kate Miller, Lindsay E. Mack and Meguire Hennes

The time has come to say goodbye...

Holiday Gifting

Your Guide To Tipping Day Care Workers For The Holidays

by Shana Aborn, Kinsey Gidick and Meguire Hennes

“Any amount is really appreciated.”


7 Surprising Old Wives' Tales About Christmas Eve Babies

by Kinsey Gidick and Meguire Hennes

Werewolves & ghosts? Is this the right holiday?


31 NSFW Elf On The Shelf Ideas For Adults

by Kinsey Gidick and Kirsten Nunez

Just don’t let the kids see.


33 A Charlie Brown Christmas Quotes To Fill You With Holiday Nostalgia

by Ashley Ziegler and Meguire Hennes

"Christmas is getting all you can get while the getting is good."


These 14 Sexy Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Both Naughty & Nice

by Ashley Ziegler and Meguire Hennes

“So hurry down the chimney tonight...”


15 Elf On The Shelf Ideas That Involve The Family Pet

by Lindsay E. Mack and Meguire Hennes

You can have some fun with this one.


These 30 Elf On The Shelf Pics Will Inspire You When You're All Out Of Ideas

by Grace Gallagher and Meguire Hennes

Keep it simple or go all out with these ideas.


How To Introduce Elf On The Shelf To Your Kids For The First Time

by Emily Westbrooks and Meguire Hennes

This Christmas tradition takes a minute to explain.


20 Fun Elf On The Shelf Arrival Ideas

by Kinsey Gidick and Meguire Hennes

Guess who’s back?

Elf on the Shelf

22 Elf On The Shelf Christmas Eve Ideas

by Lindsay E. Mack and Meguire Hennes

It’s their grand finale.


18 Naughty Elf On The Shelf Ideas

by Kinsey Gidick

You can’t help but laugh.


Get In The Holiday Spirit With These Christmas Books For Kids

by Ashley Ziegler and Claire Fox

From beloved classics to silly new tales.


25 Clever Ways To Prop 2 Elves

by Kate Miller, Grace Gallagher and Claire Fox

Might as well roll with it.