Holiday

The East Hampton Historical Society has among its collections several dozen scrapbook pages of Christmas and New Year’s postcards, including an album addressed to Miss Nettie Osborne of East Hampton, that are postmarked between 1905 and 1911...
Forget the ten lords a-leaping, the eight maids a-milking, and the partridge in a pear tree. In the East Hampton house of Charles Keller and Glenn Purcell, the verses of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” might sound more like ten Victorian...
When I was growing up, our family would receive the same holiday mail order food gifts from the same people every year. From our Uncle Ben and Aunt Ibby in San Francisco we would get a three-pack of hickory smoked almonds. These were pretty good,...
Of the thousand or more American quilts that Joanna Rose has amassed since a friend gave her one upon the birth of her first child, just a single quilt is on display in the big old house a stone’s throw from Main Beach where the Roses, with...

When I was a child, my grandparents lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a building where 85 percent of the families were Satmar Hasidim, ultra Orthodox Jews, who approach Judaism with joy.

The year was 1837. Daniel Hildreth III of Water Mill, who was born in 1800, kept a meticulous diary that included accounts of the weather, what was happening on the farms, and summaries of what was going on in general. In the excerpt below, you will...
The Star’s hunter-gatherer, Durell Godfrey, went looking for presents she wanted to give, get, share, and maybe keep for herself. She encourages you to drive safely, shop locally, and enjoy the holidays.
Richard Udice uses only red ornaments. A designer who loves Christmas, Mr. Udice decorates C. Whitmore’s Gardens every year and helps the shop’s clients choose flowers, accessories, and even clothing for the holidays.
Some experts say that you’re finally a grown-up, no more pretending, when you, the child, assume the responsibility of hosting Christmas dinner. Next month, my husband, son, and I will travel to California for what is likely to be our last...
Wreaths - circles of wintertime greens with their sharp, bright balsam smells, or vines wound into circles and braided with flowers or herbs - are symbolic of the circle of the year, the turn from darkness to light, the strength of life overcoming...
On my very first Christmas out of my parents' house, I decided to have my own, live, Christmas tree. I had been collecting ornaments over the years, mainly on trips, so I actually had a small box of them set aside for the small spruce I...
With the holidays upon us, it is time to dust off that punch bowl, dig out your finest glasses, and create some memorable “adult beverage” cheer. And of course some drinks for toddlers, teens, and teetotalers. You are probably...
  For those of a certain age — perhaps 12 and up — Christmas may be more about nostalgia than the anticipation of tearing colorful wrappings off what Santa delivered amidst a long winter’s nap. Homesick, wistful,...