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Tree or no. Always a tree, but a different feel each year. Holiday tradition. Christmas Eve with my dearest friends, usually a lunch. Christmas day with the family. Holiday cocktail. A dry sherry. Holiday playlist. Always "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by Vince Guaraldi with a mix of the classics. Home project you're hoping to accomplish. Adding more amps to my breaker box, as I always overload my tree with lights and have a brownout. Best takeaway for a holiday breakfast, lunch, or dinner. A souffle from Elizabeth Swift. Holiday wearables. A velvet smoking jacket I had made in London years ago. It's a tradition. Three gifts you hope to receive. A blue box, an orange box, a red box. Gifts you are giving. Art, vintage Elsa Peretti, the deed to a house in Vermont. Host gift. Jo Malone pine and eucalyptus candles. Flowers and greenery. Cut amaryllis. On your front door. A wreath of simple greens. Extra gift under the tree for drop-bys. J Randall Powers baseball caps. Holiday room scent. I rotate from Jo Malone pine and eucalyptus to Rigaud Cyprès. Tree or no. The best smell is a real Christmas tree, but after years of hanging lights wearing dish gloves because I am so allergic, I treated myself to a Balsam Hill faux Fraser fir pre- lit tree with a rush basket tree skirt — best present I have ever bought myself! Holiday tradition. Taking my daughter to the Houston Ballet Tree or no. You betcha … It's a real white- flocked one, decked with rainbow ribbons and Marye- Kelley decoupage ornaments of my Christmas cards throughout the years. Holiday tradition. Cooking Texas jalapeño cornbread pudding. It's a recipe from my Brennan's days! Holiday cocktail. Kir Royale, bien sûr! Holiday playlist. Mariah Carey holiday radio. Best place to pick up hors d'oeuvres. Montrose Cheese & Wine. Where to pick up takeaway for a holiday breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Tres Market, especially the enchilada casserole and green salsa for Christmas night when friends and family pop by. Gifts you hope to receive. Handwritten cards from my three boys. An environmental dog portrait of my ruby cavalier, Laffe, by photographer Julie Soefer. A piece of art from Josh Pazda Hiram Butler Gallery. Host gift. Personalized embroidered travel tags from You've got to be organized for this to happen! Flowers and greenery. Bowls of pomegranates and persimmons and piles of oranges studded with cloves. On your front door. A simple, real boxwood wreath with a rainbow ribbon. Extra gift under the tree for drop-bys. Bags of Bering's Hazelnut Supreme coffee wrapped in mylar bags and tied with chocolate spoons. Who better to query for holiday decorating inspiration than some of our favorite designers. RANDY POWERS CATHERINE BROOKS GIUFFRE Deck the Halls Nutcracker. It's beyond festive and watching the ballet through her eyes is magical. Holiday playlist. Michael Bublé Christmas, The Nutcracker Ballet, Kaskade Christmas for a hipper twist, and Nat King Cole (always). Best places to pick up hors d'oeuvres. Moeller's Bakery for orange rolls and cheese straws. Junior League for tea sandwiches. Gifts you are giving. We are going to try and give the kids an experience as a gift, instead of something COURTNAY TARTT ELIAS tangible, whether it's a vacation or an adventure we can all experience together. Host gift. Bulbs, amaryllis or paperwhite. Thoughtful gift with zero calories. Holiday room scent. I burn a Diptyque Feu de Bois candle near the gas-log fireplace to make the room smell like real wood is burning. Ann Getty's holiday table, Ann Getty: Interior Style RACHEL WEILL 58

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