holiday

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.
Heading into each weekend, through to 2016, we'll post a roundup of the weekend happenings to help you focused this holiday season.
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,...

The Star’s personal shopper, Durell Godfrey, was feeling really festive when she went out to scout for gifts for you and yours. Herewith the very best (and the rest) of what she found.

With lighted windmills, glowing Christmas trees lining Main Street, and a lone tree with blue lights in Town Pond, East Hampton Village seems like a holiday village out of a storybook. But even without seeing the village in holiday dress, visitors...
You have paddled out and now sit on your surfboard waiting for waves, the sun low in the sky despite the noon hour. The air temperature is 35 degrees Fahrenheit, the ocean about the same. Your mind wanders. You’re here only by virtue of the...
    Of all the joys and wonders and gifts of the Yuletide season, the Christmas stocking has to be one of the best. In our family, the Christmas stocking may have been the most exciting, most anticipated ritual of the whole, entire...