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Looking for DIY Ugly Christmas sweaters? Here are some ideas that are downright ridiculous yet super fun to make–you're going to love them!

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters You Will Adore1. DIY Christmas Tree Sweater DIY Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater Photo by Really Awesome Costumes

Be the focal point of your Christmas party in an ugly Christmas tree sweater. Take this fun DIY inspiration that will transform you into a living Christmas tree with a matching tree star topper. Raise your arms to get that full ugly (but awesome!) sweater effect!

2. Texas-themed Ugly Christmas Sweater

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters Photo by Creating Really Awesome [C.R.A.F.T]Don't wear an ugly Christmas sweater by yourself but make one for the hubby too! This way, you're not alone in the ordeal of having to don an ugly sweater for the holiday. Besides you get to mix and match and sport DIY Christmas sweaters for couples in this Texas-themed rendition.

3. Christmas Stocking Ugly Sweater DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters Photo by My Thrifty Chic

Old sweater + Christmas stocking + hot glue = DIY ugly Christmas sweater! You can make this Christmas sweater with stocking decor in minutes, so go ahead and make one for each family member.

4. Full Body Ugly Reindeer Sweater DIY DIY Reindeer Sweater Photo by Really Awesome Costumes

If you're looking for one ugly sweater that's somewhere between a funny Christmas sweater or the ugliest Christmas sweater, this is the one. You've never seen a sweater as outrageous as this reindeer sweater. So much so that it will overwhelm your company with laughter and cringes. Now, isn't that exciting?

5. Star Trek Sweater Sparkle Ugly Christmas Sweater- Star Trek Style Photo by Punk Projects

Take your ugly Christmas sweater to a whole new level of cringe and coolness with a Star Trek-inspired design. Your Star Trek-loving kids will certainly dig this one, even if they're not into ugly Christmas sweaters!

6. DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Baby Edition DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Baby Edition Photo by Refunk My Junk

Of course, our little ones need not be spared from this trendy Christmas outfit. Dress up your baby in an ugly Christmas sweater for the holidays (while you still can!). Here's an idea: make this fun Santa's elf-inspired sweater for your tots.

7. Easy Reindeer Couples Ugly Sweater Easy Reindeer Couples Ugly Sweater Photo by Instructables

It's tacky alright, but really sweet. There's nothing better than going to an ugly sweater party when you and your significant other have matching outfits! Make one for you and your sweetie with this easy and simple step-by-step DIY Christmas sweater.

8. No-Sew Maternity Ugly Christmas Sweater DIY Maternity Ugly Christmas Sweater Photo by Swoodson Says

We can't stress enough how busy the days leading up to the holidays are. For an expecting homemaker, an ugly sweater DIY offers a relaxing yet productive outlet from all the brouhaha. This simple n0-sew DIY maternity ugly sweater couldn't be any more perfect.

9. Ugly Tie Christmas Tree Sweater Ugly Tie Christmas Tree Sweater Photo by I Love To Create

Put your husband's (or the Goodwill's) tacky tie collection to good use this Christmas season by making an equally tacky sweater. We suspect that with all your hubby's ugly tie stash, you can make a set of these ugly tie sweaters for the whole family and some to spare for friends.

10. Stuck-in-the-Chimney DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Stuck-in-the-Chimney DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Photo by Instructables

Now, this super ugly sweater is just scary—I think its still stuck in Halloween. But for the spirit of merry-making, we give this Santa's-stuck-in-the-chimney DIY sweater a place on this list. Your homestead sure could use some creepy fun sometimes!

11. Burning Fireplace Ugly Christmas Sweater (w/ an Ipad)

Burning Fireplace Ugly Christmas Sweater (w/ an iPad) - YouTube

Make an ugly DIY sweater complete with a burning fireplace effect courtesy of an iPad. We can't escape technology, so why not have some extra fun with it.

12. DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater for Your Kids DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater for Your Kids Photo by Amy Latta Creations

Make it just the way kids like it–over-the-top embellished and glittery! Luckily, the holidays are the perfect time to air out dusty clothing, so if you have some, it's also perfect for saving some bucks. Refashion your kids or your own sweaters from your childhood and make your own kids some ugly yet memorable ugly Christmas sweaters.

13. DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater…with Lightbulbs! DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater With Lightbulbs Photo by The Cards We Drew

It isn't every day that you get to sport ugly Christmas sweaters to Christmas parties. It's also only once a year you get a pass for looking so outrageous and ridiculous, so why not go all out? Take this ugly sweater idea bedecked with Christmas ornaments, plus Christmas lights. Don't forget the Christmas tree skirt!

Prefer your sweaters cute? Here's an easy DIY video from AndreasChoice on how to decorate your winter sweaters for Christmas: 

DIY: Decorate Your Winter Sweaters! - YouTube

It is given in Christmas to sport the infamous ugly sweaters we've all grown to adore, so with all the invites around your neighborhood, you will need a couple or more. Luckily, these DIY ugly Christmas sweaters are all easy to DIY with materials that may already have in your stash. For practical yet fun-loving homesteaders, these DIY ideas are just perfect!

Which of these DIY ugly Christmas sweater ideas is your favorite? Which one are you going to try? Let us know in the comments section below!

Up Next: 24 Stunning Homemade Christmas Ornaments You Can DIY On A Budget

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 14, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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Struggling to keep your Christmas party alive? Try out both these new and classic Christmas party games that are sure to keep kids and adults alike engaged and entertained!

Cool Christmas Party Games to Get Your Gathering Going1. Christmas Sticker Stalker

Stealth is required to play this game that will put your guests on their edge and on the lookout–of course, in a fun and exciting way! This sticker stalker game is a fun, sneaky game that can be played over the course of an entire party. Hand out 10 stickers to each of your party guests, which they will attempt to stick on another person without being busted. You don't want to get busted if you don't want the person having a free pass at sticking a sticker on you!

2. Christmas Stocking Guessing Game Christmas Stocking Guessing Game Photo by Party Game Ideas

This is an excellent sensory game for children. Fill a stocking with mystery items then pass the stocking around. Let the children take turns guessing what's inside it. The kids can smell it, shake it, or simply feel the stocking to know what's inside. There is another version to this game where you have several stockings with only one object inside for the participants to guess.

3. Jingle in the Trunk Jingle in the Trunk Photo by Pinning with Mrs. Pennington

Well, kids can't have all the fun right? This game starts with 12 jingle bells loaded inside an empty tissue box attached to the waist (directly above the backside). By dancing, prancing or doing the jingle bell hop, the contestant must get all 12 bells out of the box with no hands. That's right, no hands!

4. Face the Gingerbread Man Face the Gingerbread Man Photo by The Link Home

Give your facial muscles that much needed exercise with this game. To play this game, simply move the Gingerbread Man towards your mouth using only your facial muscles. No hands required. That's right, start stretching those cute little muscles now.

5.Christmas Charades Christmas Charades Photo by Restoration Hardware

Charades are a party staple you can always count on no matter the occasion. Make it more Christmassy by making the topics related to the most wonderful time of the year.

6. Giants, Wizards, and Elves Giants, Elves And Wizards Photo by Church Media Drop

This fun game is a rock, paper, and scissors with a Holiday twist. Giants, wizards, and elves are only one of the hilarious Christmas games everyone can join in. Here's an idea: how about having the participants dress the part for added excitement?

7. Sing Song Ping Pong Sing Song Ping Pong Photo by Nikkole Weber

Like the summer campfire songs activity, Christmas won't do without some singing games. You can group yourselves into two and throw each other songs a la Pitch Perfect's battle of the a cappella groups. The more off-key, the more fun!

8. Ornaments on a String Ornaments on a String Photo by The Mason Family Blog

See how many ornaments you can hang on the string in a minute–without using your hands! For this game, you will need a string to attach balls to and ball ornaments with tiny hooks on the tops. This is a fun pair or couples game both kids and adults can join in.

9. Merry Fishman Game 

Merry Fishman Game Photo by Leigh Anne Wilkes [Your Home Based Mom]Fish some candy cane treats this Christmas in this another Minute to Win It-inspired game! This game is fun, yet challenging, so make sure you got a prize for the winner that's worth it!

10. Snowblower Game Snowball Games Photo by Thinking IQ

We cannot get enough of the Minute to Win It game show, and you'll also love this game show-inspired snowball Christmas game. Participants will blow at a ping pong ball towards cups to catch them at the end of the table. The player with the most ping pong ball wins.

11. Snowflake Race

Players put a paper snowflake on top of their heads and race from one end of the room to the next without their snowflake falling off their heads and without using their hands. What's the challenge? The snowflakes are made from paper, so keeping them on your head at all times will be the tricky and fun part!

12. Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? Frozen Family Fun Night Photo by Not Consumed

The beloved Olaf the snowman of Frozen still hasn't lost his charm. In fact, we are more so endeared to him come winter and a snowman-inspired game on Christmas couldn't be any more perfect. For this fun game, you will need lots of toilet paper rolls. Expect a huge mess after, but enjoy the huge laughs from your guests!

For Christmas party games for large groups, watch this video from Outscord for more (like, 100 more!) Minute to Win It-inspired Christmas games:

Minute to Win It: 100 Party Games | The Ultimate List - YouTube

Christmas games and activities can get repetitive and boring year after year, but with these fun ideas for Christmas party games, we can see it's going to be even more exciting this year. With your Christmas party ideas laid out and planned, make sure to list these Christmas party games for another Christmas party to remember!

Did you enjoy our list of  12 Christmas party games? Do you have a favorite Christmas party game that’s a staple on your homestead? Share it with us in the comments and we’ll give it a shot!

Up Next: 15 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 26, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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Have a delightful feast this holiday season with these mouth-watering Pioneer Woman recipes! These are the best appetizers, entrees, drinks, and dessert recipes from The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook.

Pioneer Woman Recipes for a Scrumptious Holiday Feast1. Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries Photo by The Pioneer Woman

These brussels sprouts with balsamic and cranberries is a Christmas side dish you need to make. This gorgeous dish is appropriately colorful with its green and red color. Healthy and oh-so-delicious! Both kids and adults will give this a hearty thumbs up!

2. Duchess Potatoes Duchess Potatoes Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Don’t get me wrong, I love mashed potatoes. But just in case you want to make something more special with your potatoes this Christmas, consider these duchess potatoes as fancy-schmancy mashed potatoes!

3. Mushrooms Stuffed with Brie Mushrooms Stuffed with Brie Photo by The Pioneer Woman

If you like your mushrooms stuffed, then these mushrooms stuffed with Brie is the Christmas recipe you’ve been looking for! They're decadent, beautiful, and heavenly–perfect itty-bitty apps for the holiday party.

4. Christmas Tortilla Rollups Christmas Tortilla Rollups Photo by The Pioneer Woman

These Christmas tortilla rollups are definitely pleasing to the eye and filled with holiday flavors. They may look like your Christmas dessert, but believe me, they aren’t. Grab some tortillas for a yummy appetizer.

5. Creamy Herbed Potatoes Creamy Herbed Potatoes Photo by The Pioneer Woman

These creamy herbed potatoes is a simple and velvety recipe you’ll love and hate. You'll love it for its delectable flavor and hate it for the calories. Still, it's worth the weight!

6. Whiskey-Glazed Carrots Whiskey-Glazed Carrots Photo by The Pioneer Woman

If you don’t want to drink that whiskey for Christmas, why not add it to your side dish, instead? This whiskey-glazed carrot is one of those delightfully scrumptious Christmas party recipes you can use for any other special occasion.

7. Prime Rib Prime Rib Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Celebrate your Christmas with this scrumptious prime rib. Beautifully dappled with fat, this roast is juicy, rich, and tender–a sure feast for the eyes and tummy.

8. Roasted Beef Tenderloin Roasted Beef Tenderloin Photo by The Pioneer Woman

In case you're not keen on the prime rib, prepare this roasted beef tenderloin, instead. I'm sure your guests will be drooling. Oh, my mouth is watering!

9. Pork Loin With Cranberry Sauce Pork Loin with Cranberry Sauce Photo by The Pioneer Woman

If you don’t want beef and would rather go with pork, this pork loin with cranberry sauce is my suggestion. It has the right sweetness bound to become a family favorite.

10. Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls Photo by The Pioneer Woman

You’ll love sweet rolls even more with this caramel apple sweet rolls recipe. A surprisingly decadent sweet roll loaded with caramel apples and finished with a sweet caramel icing. Amazingly rich– just a few bites are enough to blissfully satisfy your cravings.

11. Caramel Apple Sticky Buns Caramel Apple Sticky Buns Photo by The Pioneer Woman

If you're into buns instead of rolls, these caramel apple sticky buns are the perfect alternative you can try. Imagine caramel apples and sticky buns colliding inside your mouth–this delectable recipe will give you a merrier holiday!

12. Christmas Rum Cake Christmas Rum Cake Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Since Christmas is a celebration, why not bake a cake? And I have to say, this Christmas rum cake is just the thing you need to make the season more festive.

13. Cleta Bailey’s Toffee Squares Cleta Bailey’s Toffee Squares Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Grab your pizza cutter and start making squares of this delectable Christmas treat. You'll love these toffee squares. They’re real cookies but look just like toffee. So easy and fun to make! Perfect for your holiday baking or anytime you want to have a quick and delicious dessert.

14. Easy Peppermint Fudge Easy Peppermint Fudge Photo by The Pioneer Woman

When I say easy, I mean easy! This is the easiest fudge recipe around. You'll need only 3 ingredients: chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and peppermint candies.

15. Chocolate Cupcakes With Peppermint Frosting Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Make your chocolate cupcakes jive with the holiday season by adding some peppermint frosting. They're so pretty and delicious!

16. Chocolate Truffles With Sea Salt Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt Photo by The Pioneer Woman

This may not be your usual flavor combination but I’m sure you’ll love it. It's an unexpected pairing but definitely special and delicious–it will take your chocolate experience to the next level.

17. Christmas Finger Jello Christmas Finger Jello Photo by The Pioneer Woman

If you’re planning to have jello for Christmas, then make it this way: a Christmasy twist on the classic finger jello. Cut them into squares, make sure they are easily handled, and savor a handful!

18. Marshmallow Pops Marshmallow Pops Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Here’s your scrumptious alternative to the usual cake pops: marshmallow pops! If you're planning to host a children's party for the holiday, making these yummy-licious pops can be a fun activity for all ages.

19. Christmas Cherries Christmas Cherries Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Grab some candied cherries and start making these delicious Christmas cherries. Sweet little cookies that will surely have room on everyone's Christmas cookie plate.

20. Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies Photo by The Pioneer Woman

These chocolate candy cane cookies are adorable and delicious. Super easy to make, if you have a little helper around ask them to lend you a hand, even though you might end up cleaning up after them. For sure your effort will be all worth it!

21. Pioneer Woman's Favorite Christmas Cookies My Favorite Christmas Cookies Photo by The Pioneer Woman

These are the Pioneer Woman’s favorite Christmas cookies, try it and I’m sure it will be your favorite, too! An aesthetically pleasing addition to the Christmas cookie buffet.

22. Gingerbread Cookies Gingerbread Cookies Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Bake a batch and have the kids help with the decoration. Let’s just hope they don’t eat them all before these beautiful gingerbread cookies hit your cookie table.

23. Hyacinth’s Everything Cookies Hyacinth’s Everything Cookies Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Why choose when you can have everything in your cookies? These hyacinth’s everything cookies are packed with satisfying flavors: crunchy nuts, delicious dried fruit, and all the good things your pantry has to offer.

24. Peppermint Ice Cream Peppermint Ice Cream Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Can’t get enough of peppermint? Turn it into an ice cream. Make it with this homemade peppermint ice cream recipe. Enjoy it plain or sandwich a scoop between your Christmas cookies.

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Prepare your home for the merriest holiday ever with these homemade Christmas decorations. These DIY home decorations are rustically charming and easy to recreate.

Homemade Christmas Decorations With Rustic Charm1. Pine Cone Decorating Ideas for the Holidays Pine Cone Decorating Ideas For The Holidays Photo by Homesteading

Pine cones are a great decorating material because you can find them for free on the ground! The only problem is, they’re always brown. However, you can easily customize pine cones with the paint color of your choice and arrange them to your heart's desire. Choose two or more from these pine cone DIY Christmas decorating ideas and achieve the rustic appeal pine cone has in spades.

2. Rustic DIY Stocking Hangers How To Make Rustic DIY Stocking Hangers Photo by DIY Projects

I fall in love with the rustic charm of these DIY stocking hangers! It's not only an impressive home decor for the holidays but also an amazing gift idea to surprise a friend who loves anything rustic. All effort making these rustic DIY stocking hangers is absolutely worth it!

3. Candy Cane Ornaments

Rustic Twine Candy Cane Ornaments Photo by Natasha [The Artisan Life]These rustic candy cane ornaments will surely bring the holiday cheer to your Christmas tree. If you want to add a colorful, old-school element to your holiday decorating, these rustic candy cane ornaments fit the bill.

4. Rustic Decorations From Recycled Wine Bottles Ta-Da Wine Bottle Craft With Jute And Burlap Photo by Crafting To Go

Wine bottles come in different colors, shapes, and sizes, making them such a versatile object for repurposing or upcycling. If you have some empty wine bottles, get crafty and create your own rustic decorations from recycled wine bottles.

5. Reindeer Foot-Print and Hand-Print Pillows Reindeer Hands And Feet Pillow Photo by 24/7 Moms

If you want a fun craft to share with your kids, these reindeer footprint and handprint pillows will sure give you the joy of crafting with your kids. They are a great keepsake you and your young ones can treasure. Use brown, white, and black fabric paint to create the footprint and handprint. Make a pair with your kids to adorn your sofa. I'm sure your kids will be happy to be a part of your home decorating.

6. Natural Stamped Burlap Christmas Ornaments Stamped Burlap Ornaments Photo by Bliss Bloom Blog

For this beautiful shabby chic rustic Christmas ornament, wrap a styrofoam or a plastic ball with burlap, add burlap thread, and stamp fun text and greetings to make them match the holiday season.

7. DIY Christmas Towels Christmas Stenciled Kitchen Towels Photo by I Heart Naptime

Give your kitchen some holiday cheer with these DIY Christmas towels. It will give your kitchen a pop of color and a useful accessory all at the same time. This could also be your perfect handmade gift.

8. Cute Snowman Blocks Living Room Christmas Decorations Photo by Design Rulz

I enjoy incorporating cute snowmen into my holiday decorating. I'm so happy I found this cute snowman blocks idea. I can use it to spruce up my living room for the upcoming holiday. They simply add a bundle of cool, icy charm, and cuteness everyone enjoys!

9. Fairy Light Globe Fairy Light Globe Photo by From The Blue Shed

This fairy light globe is bound to add a magical touch to your Christmas decorating. You can also use your extra chicken wire if you don’t have wire baskets.

10. Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Candle Holder Deck The Halls Scandinavian Style : A Fast Decor Recipe Photo by Un Lieu Sur Terre

Incorporate Scandinavian elegance into your holiday decorating with the very simple idea of a Scandinavian inspired Christmas candle holder. Grab a mason jar, wrap it with birch bark, and attach twigs and some greens for embellishment. There you have it, some simple yet cozy Scandi style, not only perfect for the holiday but all year round.

11. Bright Christmas Star Bright Christmas Star Photo by Parolan Asema

Take a low-key approach to decorating your home for the holiday, this bright Christmas star idea will make sure your house shines the brightest. It's simple and very easy to recreate!

12. Mason Jar Lights White Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries Photo by Ginger Snap Crafts

Light up every corner of your home with these gorgeous mason jar lights. It is very easy to make and absolutely adorable for your Christmas decorating.

13. Wood Slice Wreath How to Make a Wreath with Wood Slices Photo by Twelve On Main

This wood slice wreath shows it all: minimalist, but filled with rustic charm to bring out a merrier Christmas spirit in any spot you put it in. You can add some Christmas lights around to make it more magical.

14. Rustic DIY Advent Wreath Rustic Advent Calendar DIY Photo by Woman In Real Life

If you want to keep your decor child-friendly, then this rustic DIY advent wreath is perfect for you. It's pretty easy; even an inexperienced crafter will be able to pull it off.

15. Snowman Fridge Turn Your Refrigerator Into A Snowman Photo by Kids Activities Woo

With just a pair of scissors and construction paper, transform your fridge into a jolly snowman to inspire the Christmas spirit out of your cooking. Make sure to include your young ones in this easy Christmas decor to make it merrier.

16. DIY Rustic Christmas Tree DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Photo by The Thinking Closet

Give your Christmas tree a little bit of a twist this time. This DIY rustic Christmas tree is truly original, unusual, and interesting. It goes perfectly anywhere in your house. This is one of the most unique Christmas tree ideas around.

17. Winter Snow Globes Anthropologie Inspired Snow Globes | Tutorial Photo by Whipper Berry

These winter snow globes will bring the whimsical cheer to your Christmas decor. You can also have it as a handmade gift and a delightful surprise for a special someone who loves both snow globes and mason jar crafts.

18. Toilet Paper Rolls Christmas Decorations Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer Photo by The Girl In The Red Shoes

The end of your toilet paper is a beautiful new beginning for your Christmas decorations. With your creativity, I'm sure you'll have unlimited crafts to do with toilet paper rolls.

19. Christmas Tree Wood Slice String Art Ornaments Wood Slice String Art Ornament Photo by Happy Brown House

These rustic DIY Christmas tree wood slice string art ornaments are easy to create using just wood slices, thread, nails, string, and hooks. They look amazingly beautiful dangling from your Christmas tree.

20. A Bucketful of Christmas Candles A Bucketful of Christmas Candles Photo by Micasa Revista

To recreate this gorgeous Christmas decor just fill a bucket with sand, stick in some candles, and if you prefer, you can adorn it with a Christmassy ribbon for a more festive look.

21. JOY Holiday Tin Luminaries

DIY | Holiday Decorations (Cute & Easy!!!) - YouTube

Repurpose your old tins to make these beautiful DIY joy holiday luminaries! I so love this idea, it's clever and beautifully perfect to add some light to my homestead.

22. Christmas Window Decoration Christmas Window Treatments Photo by Pink Polka Dot Creations

It's the perfect time of the year to spruce up your plain and boring window. Gather your supplies and let your creativity flow in creating this uniquely beautiful Christmas window decoration to bring a magical atmosphere into your home.

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Christmas cookies are always a delight! Here are some of the hand-picked recipes for our favorite Christmas cookies you can start making from scratch!

Recipes for Christmas Cookies You Will Want to Make1. Christmas Sugar Cookies Christmas Sugar Cookies Photo by The Sprinkle Factory

Fill your heart with a holiday goodness when you fill your belly with these rolled sugar cookies, perfect for Christmas. These sugar cookies make the perfect base or canvas for decorating Christmas cookies, and you will find more ideas for that here!

2. Glittering Sandwich Cookies Glittering Cookie Recipe Photo by Purl SOHO

Make your holiday glitter with these sandwich Christmas cookies that are just soooo adorable. Each piece contains just the right yumminess, you'll want another one and then some more!

3. Frosted Peppermint Brownie Cookies Frosted Peppermint Brownie Cookies {From Scratch} Photo by Cooking Classy

What you have here is a peppermint candy piece-peppered brownie cookie with rich cream cheese frosting. Soft, moist, and fudgy, these delicious brownie cookies completely tantalize with peppermint frosting.

4. Gingerbread Men My Favorite Gingerbread Cookies Photo by Sally's Baking Addiction

I don't think Christmas is complete without some gingerbread men, they're practically part of the tradition. What makes this gingerbread cookie recipe special is that they freeze well for up to 3 months, so you can make them ahead ready for the holiday feast. They should go well with your gingerbread house.

5. Mason Jar Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Mason Jar Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Photo by Homesteading

Why just make those Christmas cookies when you can share the experience with your friends and families. You will love this mason jar mint chocolate chip cookie recipe you can also give away to friends and family as gifts for the holiday.

Want more?… Check out 16 of DIYProjects' Favorite Christmas Cookies!

6. M&M Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies M&M Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Photo by Boston Girl Bakes

Instead of the regular choco chips, why not add candy-coated chocolate M&Ms to your oatmeal cookie recipe? You can add all the different colors or you can pick only the green and the red ones for a seriously Christmassy feel to your homemade cookies. You might also want to check out this M&M mason jar cookie recipe if you're considering mason jar cookie mix for gifts.

7. Peppermint Chocolate Puddle Cookies Peppermint Chocolate Puddle Cookies Photo by Food Doodles

Naturally gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free, just plain healthy! These peppermint chocolate puddle cookies have a lot going on in its tiny little package, and so, they're Christmas-perfect.

8. Santa's Cookies Santa's Cookies Photo by Creme De La Crumb

Make Christmas cookies even Santa will love. I'm sure your kids will get the gift they wished for when you make these cookies. We have Christmas cookies with choco chips and we also have one with M&Ms. Well, these Santa cookies have both and no cookie could be merrier this year!

9. Gluten-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Gluten-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Photo by Choosing Chia

Chocolate and peanut butter cookies that are figure-friendly? Yes, please! This Christmas you can still enjoy your sweet treats with a little twist to make them both tasty and healthy: make them gluten-free.

10. Melted Snowmen Oreo Balls Melted Snowmen Oreo Balls Photo by The Girl Who Ate Everything

I just love the color of Christmas, red and green. I'd have to say my favorite color is really blue, so might as well have them all in my Christmas cookies. These cute little snowmen with an Oreo surprise are just divine!

11. Paleo Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees Paleo Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees Photo by Great Food and Lifestyle

Looking for easy to make Christmas cookies that are also healthy? Look no further because these Paleo peppermint meringue Christmas tree-shaped cookies are it! They are low-carb and truly easy to make with only six ingredients and just as many steps in the recipe instructions.

Enjoying what you see? Get another 15 more for a sweeter holiday from our sister site, Homemade Recipes!

12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chexmas Trees Chocolate Peanut Butter Christmas Trees (Gluten Free) Photo by Kitchen Window Clovers

Looking for easy Christmas cookie recipes? In case you're not feeling sweet meringues, this Christmas tree treat version should do the trick. Kids and adult alike will dig this crushed cereal with peanut butter cookie recipe for the holidays!

13. Hot Chocolate Cookies Hot Chocolate Cookies Photo by Center Cut Cook

This will go great with hot chocolate and I think that's obvious. We can never have enough of chocolate and these hot chocolate cookies will warm you up on a cold Christmas night.

14. Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Stars Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Stars Photo by Heavenlynn Healthy

Stars don't just belong on top of your Christmas trees. You can also have them on your plate. And you will love the look of these healthy almond and cinnamon Christmas stars on your plate all dusted in snow-like sugar powder.

15. Grandma's Shortbread Cookies Grandma's Shortbread Cookies Photo by Spend With Pennies

There's nothing better than Grandma's cooking. I'm sure you'll agree when you try this easy shortbread cookie recipe. Use snowflake- and Christmas tree-shaped cookie presses for Christmas-themed cookies for the holidays.

16. Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Photo by Sally's Baking Addiction

You've never seen a more festive Christmas cookie recipe than the one we have here. Well, we saved the best for last. There's so much going on in this candy cane kiss cookie recipe but it makes you just all the more drawn to its yuletide character.

While decorating Christmas cookies is the most fun and easiest part, you still could use a few more ideas in this video from Dulcia Bakery on how to decorate Christmas cookies:

How To Decorate Christmas Cookies - YouTube

We are pretty sure you found a couple or more Christmas cookie recipes you will want to try for the holiday here. These are some of the best Christmas cookie recipes after all. Your only trouble is which one to try first. Whatever you pick, put on your baking hats, some Christmas carols, and revel in holiday cheer for best results!

Which one of these recipes for Christmas cookies will you try? Let us know how it went and share your experience with us in the comments section below!

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If you want to try new homemade stuffing recipes this year, then this list will help you out. I’ve got all the best Thanksgiving recipes you could ever make, so just keep reading!

14 Homemade Stuffing Recipes For The Perfect Thanksgiving FeastStuffing Recipes You'll Love

Thanksgiving is never complete without stuffing, and recently, I feel like my usual recipe could use an upgrade. So since I want this year’s Thanksgiving to be extra special, I searched for the best Thanksgiving stuffing recipes ever. If you also want to make your stuffing from scratch, then try one or two of these stuffing recipes. I’m sure you’ll love them!

1. Stuffing Balls How to Make Stuffing Balls Photo by Homesteading

Try our very own stuffing balls, which are really offered more as a side dish instead of as a traditional stuffing. A perfect recipe for people who are counting carbs or into the Paleo diet, since this is a Paleo-compliant recipe.

2. Homemade Stuffing from Scratch Homemade Stuffing from Scratch Photo by Homemade Recipes

Worried about the hectic Thanksgiving day rush? Don't be, because this homemade stuffing from scratch just requires one pan, a few ingredients, and you’re good.

3. Grandma’s Stuffing Recipe My Grandma’s Stuffing Recipe Photo by Talia Bunting

There's nothing like good old grandma (oops, that's me) bringing all the goodness that the world has to offer. Enjoy stuffing like your grandma used to make by trying this traditional stuffing recipe.

4. Pioneer Woman’s Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing Photo by The Pioneer Woman

Start by making your own cornbread then the rest is just a cake walk. With this Pioneer Woman's Thanksgiving stuffing/dressing, you will have a light and crumbly stuffing that is a sure feast for all your senses.

5. Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing Photo by Well and Full

Vegan? Well, then this Vegan Thanksgiving stuffing is the recipe you can make that even non-vegans will surely love and enjoy.

6. Crock Pot Stuffing Crock Pot Stuffing Photo by The Gracious Wife

Take your crockpot out and save time in making your stuffing. All you'll need is 20 minutes to prepare this crockpot stuffing.

7. Naturally Gluten-Free Quinoa Stuffing Naturally Gluten Free Quinoa Stuffing Photo by Food Doodles

Ever tried adding quinoa to your stuffing? Well here’s a recipe for naturally gluten-free quinoa stuffing that will give you the chance to try it. I love quinoa, so I'm definitely giving this a shot.

8. Sourdough Thanksgiving Stuffing Sourdough Thanksgiving Stuffing Photo by Living Lou

Grab some sourdough bread and start making this Thanksgiving stuffing. This is full of Thanksgiving flavors you know and love. So, there's no reason for you not to try it.

9. Hearty Vegan Stuffing Hearty Vegan Stuffing Photo by Hummusapien

Easy, gluten-free, and really hearty! This hearty began stuffing gives your traditional Thanksgiving stuffing a vegan spin that will surely become everybody's favorite.

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10. Traditional Bread Stuffing Traditional Bread Stuffing Photo by Brown Eyed Baker

If you just want to go with a simple yet super delicious recipe, this traditional bread stuffing is for you. Nothing beats the traditional method of making delicious bread stuffing.

11. Sausage, Cranberry And Apple Stuffing Sausage, Cranberry And Apple Stuffing Photo by The Slow Roasted Italian

The glorious combination of sausage, cranberry, and apple will have your guests asking for more. This sausage, cranberry and apple stuffing is loaded with the intense colors of fall.

12. Crock Pot Cranberry Pecan Stuffing Crock Pot Cranberry Pecan Stuffing Photo by The Creative Bite

Light and moist, this crock pot cranberry pecan is certified delicious stuffing. Who can say no to the rich flavor and texture from cranberries and pecan?

13. Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Bacon and Pecan Wild Rice Stuffing With Cranberries, Bacon And Pecans Photo by Tidy Mom

Why use bread when you can use wild rice for your stuffing? Savor the difference and enjoy the sweetness of dried cranberries and the nutty taste of pecan in this wild rice stuffing with cranberries, bacon, and pecan.

14. Stuffing In A Bundt Pan Stuffing In A Bundt Pan Photo by Kims Healthy Eats

I’m sure this is not how you usually serve your stuffing, but it sure looks delish! An experimental take for those who love to try something new and explore the unlimited options for Thanksgiving festivities. Grab the stuffing in a bundt pan recipe here.

Want more ideas for your Thanksgiving stuffing? Here are 3 more delicious ways you can try from The Domestic Geek:

Stuffing 3 Delicious Ways - YouTube

As we all know, no Thanksgiving table is complete without a massive serving of comforting and flavorful stuffing. Whether you want the traditional stuffing or want to make a new twist on it, bear in mind that your stuffing must pair perfectly with your bird.

What do you think of these Thanksgiving stuffing recipes? Which one will you try? Let me know in the comment section below!

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No slaving over the stove with these slow cooker recipes for Thanksgiving, so check them all out for dishes that'll some off the stress and pressure off your back!

Stress-Free Slow Cooker Recipes for Thanksgiving1. Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes Photo by Damn Delicious

Tell you what, these slow cooker cheesy bacon ranch potatoes is the easiest you can ever make with your crockpot. Who can say no to easy, savory slow cooker potato side dishes?

2. Crock Pot Cauliflower and Cheese Crock Pot Cauliflower and Cheese Photo by What's Cooking Love?

In case you don’t want potatoes with your cheese, then try this cauliflower recipe instead. It's very easy to make and super delicious. Any cauliflower addict, like me, will go crazy over this dish.

3. Ultra Creamy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Photo by Spend with Pennies

Since we’re getting cheesy, this ultra creamy crock pot mac and cheese is a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu. I'm pretty sure your kids will lick the plate clean.

4. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Photo by Gimme Some Oven

Don’t leave out this Thanksgiving favorite: nice, fluffy, and creamy slow cooker mashed potatoes. This is sure to become a super hit that everyone will want all year round.

5. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole Photo by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Grab some sweet potatoes and pecans and make this delicious Thanksgiving crockpot casserole. Enjoy sweet potato casserole perfectly suited to the festive season of autumn.

6. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Photo by Damn Delicious

Slow cooker creamed corn is not just another basic Thanksgiving side dish! It's always a crowd favorite that leaves an impression!

7. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Photo by Eating European

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— Homesteading (@HomesteadingUSA) October 31, 2016

8. Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing Photo by The Cozy Cook

It’s not really a requirement to just serve turkey for Thanksgiving. How about you try crockpot chicken and stuffing this year, and taste the difference? Your family will thank you for cooking this recipe.

9. Crock Pot Green Beans Crock Pot Green Beans Photo by Moms with Crock Pots

If you want your family, especially kids, to eat veggies this Thanksgiving, serve them these crock pot green beans! You'll be amazed at how they will savor this flavorful dish. Green bean Thanksgiving side dishes are the easiest to whip up!

10. Turkey Wings and Turkey Stock Turkey Wings and Turkey Stock Photo by Whole Food Real Families

If you love your wings big, then this recipe for turkey wings and turkey stock will surely hit the spot. Once this dish is served to your family, this will become an instant favorite.

11. Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole Photo by Recipes that Crock!

Why just have regular rolls when you can make yourself a crockpot cinnamon roll casserole? It's a great spin on your traditional cinnamon breakfast roll.

12. Crock Pot Orange Glazed Meatballs Crock Pot Orange Glazed Meatballs Photo by Family Fresh Meals

Your Thanksgiving will be a party once you start making these crockpot orange glazed meatballs. With its undeniable tangy flavor, I will warn you to be ready with seconds, because I'm pretty sure your guests will be asking for more.

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— Homemade Recipes (@BestHomeRecipes) November 6, 2016

13. Slow Cooker Turkey and Gravy Slow Cooker Turkey and Gravy Photo by Chef In Training

No need for carving with this slow cooker Thanksgiving turkey. Grab your slow cooker and make this delicious slow cooker turkey and gravy a surefire winning Thanksgiving dish.

14. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler Recipe Photo by The Gunny Sack

This pumpkin cobbler is on my top list of slow cooker Thanksgiving desserts. It's pumpkin pie without the crust, and yet it's easy to make and undeniably delicious.

15. Crock Pot Pumpkin Pie Crock Pot Pumpkin Pie Photo by Family Fresh Meals

If you’re not craving for some cobbler, a crock pot pumpkin pie may do the trick. A fabulous fall classic made super simple in a crockpot recipe. What more could you ask for?

16. Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Sundae Cake Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Sundae Cake Photo by Betty Crocker

If you are still looking for a dish to complete your Thanksgiving dinner, this is it: slow cooker hot fudge sundae cake. Easy, delicious, inexpensive, and time-saving, since the rich hot fudge sauce comes together while the cake bakes.

This year's Thanksgiving, take the road less traveled and take on a whole turkey on a crockpot recipe in this tutorial video from TODAY:

How To Make A Whole Thanksgiving Turkey In A Slow Cooker | TODAY - YouTube

Now you preparing a Thanksgiving dinner or feast need not be a race against time. Take your trusty crock pot and these Thanksgiving recipes to help you prepare a less stressful feast. You will certainly be thankful with dishes cooking by themselves on Thanksgiving!

What do you think of these slow cooker recipes for Thanksgiving? Which one will you try? Let me know and share your experience with me in the comment section below!

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Vegan Thanksgiving recipes don't need to be all green and glum, because these vegan recipes are out to make your feast just as savory and filling–even without the usual non-vegan Thanksgiving trimmings!

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for a Change This Year1. Sweet Potato Casserole with a Crunchy Nut Crumble Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Sweet! Potato Casserole With A Crunchy Nut Crumble Photo by Oh She Glows

Who doesn’t love a sweet potato casserole? This is a vegan take on an age-old Thanksgiving dish that is known to be a crowd pleaser. Sweet potato casserole with a crunchy nut crumble is a hearty, filling side that will leave your vegan and gluten-free guests asking for mo

2. Quick Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Quick Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili Photo by Veg Kitchen

Protein, protein, protein! One of the absolute staples of a vegan/vegetarian diet is legumes and beans. They are both filling and provide vital nutritional value. This quick black bean and sweet potato chili is the perfect Thanksgiving addition. Its robust flavor makes this an excellent wintery comfort food!

3. Green Beans with Lemon-Almond Pesto Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Recipe | Green Beans with Lemon-Almond Pesto Photo by Oh My Veggies

If you’re thinking “Beans?! Those were the least of my worries! They’re already vegan!” You’re right! But if you’re going to do a classic, do it with flair! The point of vegan cooking is not to cater to just the few who will eat it, but to make something that everyone, vegans and meat-eaters alike, can enjoy and share! Take this green beans recipe and you might just be surprised they make some of the best vegan Thanksgiving sides!

4. Herb & Cheese Vegan Thanksgiving Biscuit Recipe Herb & Cheese Vegan Thanksgiving Biscuit Recipe Photo by Oh She Knows

A Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without the biscuits, and these are delicious! These are very dense with a great hearty flavor that is amplified when fresh herbs are used. As homesteaders, we know the value of fresh and natural ingredients, so give these a try! The best part? You can add some of your own favorite herbs to the mix and tailor these biscuits to your family’s tastes!

5. Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe Veganizing Thanksgiving Photo by Food 52

Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, apples, oh my! In my opinion, Brussel sprouts are highly underrated and get a bad rap from childhood distaste. But they are such a filling food that can take on flavors and when mixed with their earthy taste, create a delicious final dish! Give the store bought-bag of day-old bread a rest and create a stuffing that is fresh and unique.

6. Vegan Pumpkin Bread Recipe for Thanksgiving Mouthwatering Vegan Pumpkin Bread Recipe Photo by Homesteading

A staple of fall baking is pumpkin bread. With this recipe, you'll be able to make the best pumpkin bread you've ever tasted while catering to dietary restrictions and including wholesome ingredients. So get out your baking supplies and let's get cooking!

7. Vegan Pumpkin Pie Squares with Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe Vegan Pumpkin Pie Squares With Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust Photo by Oh She Glows

If you’re throwing a party, then foods that are a little easier for the food-grazers to pick up and nibble while socializing can be good options. These vegan pumpkin pie squares with gluten-free graham cracker crust are absolutely fantastic and perfect for your finger food fix!

8. Jellied Cranberry Sauce Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Jellied Cranberry Sauce Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Photo by Vegan Yum Yum

Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving because it provides that touch of sweet to a generally salty and savory table. The taste of this jellied cranberry sauce is fresh and crisp. This jelly can stand alone, but in classic Thanksgiving tradition – mix it up with everything on your plate! It’s especially great with fresh rolls!

9. Vegan Seitan Stuffed with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Mushrooms Thanksgiving Recipe Seitan Stuffed with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Mushrooms Photo by Fat Free Vegan

Alrighty, now for the big, bad faux meat entrée! Don’t worry! While this is the most advanced recipe on this list, it is well worth the effort! One of the best parts about this vegan savory loaf is that you no longer have to ask or wonder, “just what is faux meat made out of?” There are so many delicious and wholesome ingredients in this vegan meatloaf you may have your meat-eating relatives asking, just what is in that delicious vegan-friendly dish? Keep your veg-heads and your carnivores pleased with this excellent vegan Thanksgiving entree!

Check out this video from Sarah Autumn and find out how you can make your Thanksgiving dishes colorful and festive:

Cook a 6 Dish Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner (+ Lunch Recipe & DIY Table Decorations) - YouTube

A common misconception with vegan cooking is that in some way or another, by using different ingredients, you’ll be compromising the taste. But, this doesn’t need to be the case! You don’t need to buy crazy ingredients you’ve never heard of or jump feet first into tons of complicated recipes. Truthfully, vegan cooking often brings together complementary and simple ingredients to create a medley of fresh and natural final dishes. So if you are looking to cater to friends and family, or just want to try something new this Thanksgiving, give these wonderful recipes a shot!

So, what do you think of these vegan Thanksgiving recipes? Which one will you try? Let me know how it went and share your experience with me in the comments section below.

Up Next: 23 Thanksgiving Recipes to Please Everyone at Your Table

 

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