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A Green Christmas: 3 Ways to Help the Environment This Holiday Season

By Deirdre Sullivan The holiday season has a naughty impact on the environment: We accumulate 25 percent more waste this time of year, and much of that can't be recycled. Fortunately, our nice ideas make sure that Christmas is more eco-friendly. 1. Christmas tree alternatives Although cut trees are more earth-friendly... Continue Reading »

Christmas Storage Tips to Keep Your Holiday Stuff Organized

By Lisa Kaplan Gordon Take the hassle out of putting away Christmas lights and decorations with these easy storage tips. Bonus: unpacking next year will be a snap! Tangle-Free Lights Cardboard organizer: Cut 1-inch slits in the sides of a rectangular piece of cardboard, and wind string Christmas lights around, using... Continue Reading »

Holiday Decorations Gone Wrong (Listing Fail)

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we... Continue Reading »

Last-Minute Holiday Festivity!

Suddenly trying to figure out where to get started planning your holiday? Here's a quick round up of our holiday content to help guide you through. From trees to decorations and entertaining, we've got you covered. Continue Reading »

Xmas is for Tree Lovers, not Tree Killers

It's that time of year again. Christmas lights adorn the brownstones in my Brooklyn neighborhood, and from their lighted windows come cheery glimpses of lovingly-decorated Christmas trees. But not in my home. My fiance, an avid gardener and nature lover, has banned the tradition in our abode. Why? Well, there's the... Continue Reading »

Three Perfect Holiday Hostess Gifts

In this, the season of giving, it's a sin to show up to a holiday party empty handed. Shame on you. Every host loves a guest who shows up with something useful. Flowers are great, but then you've made the host go fishing around for a vase. So scrap that. If you bring food, make sure to set it up on a platter before you... Continue Reading »

No Home Sales for Xmas? Bah humbug!

Real estate Myth No. 1: Home sales are seasonal, and you don't have a prayer of Santa bringing you a buyer when everyone's busy celebrating the holidays. While it's true that many families prefer to buy and settle into their new homes during the summer months -- all the better to get Junior settled into the new school... Continue Reading »

Christmas Light Etiquette: Respect Thy Neighbor

Christmas lights have long been a-blazin with Jesus Christ's birthday less than a week away. For some people, decorating their home consists of a strand or two of white lights, some garland, and a modest tree. Others go all Dyker Heights with elaborate winter wonderland accoutrement. We spoke to Jacqueline Whitmore, CSP an... Continue Reading »

5 Great Holiday Decorations Under $20

Less is always more in a small apartment. So don't spend a lot over-stuffing your place with holiday decorations this year. Instead, go with a chic - and budget-friendly - minimalist theme. Try hanging homemade paper snowflakes from the ceiling for a festive party atmosphere. Or go outside and see what you can find.... Continue Reading »

Building's Lobby Becomes Religious Battleground

With the holidays approaching, many apartment-dwellers have helped deck their lobbies with non-denominational cheer: sparkly snowman ornaments, pinecone-pimpled wreaths, and inoffensive boughs of holly. But Justine Swartz is not amused. The Brooklyn Heights resident claims that her co-op building has violated her freedom... Continue Reading »

Make It a Handmade Holiday

You love Etsy, flea markets and the earth. You're not the only one. The New York Times recently acknowledged the handmade craze is extending to the holidays, which means everyone's getting green this Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Here's a guide to help you decorate your rental, and give with a homemade twist. Continue Reading »

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