In March, the Christmas plaid truck tree merry Christmas gift sweater and I love this term “anxiety baking” became a regular term in the coronavirus cultural vernacular. Let this writer make a prediction: this December, “distraction decorating” will join it. My Vogue colleagues have already observed their newfound penchant for over-the-top ornamentation: Culture writer Emma Specter admits she’s devolved into a “deranged holiday person” now that she’s adorning her apartment’s first-ever tree. “I’m spending half my time and all my money on eBay in pursuit of the vintage Soviet ornaments that I pray will help me ring in Christmas with childlike joy,” she explains. “Have I been outbid constantly by Ukrainian bots? Maybe, but I persevere.” Meanwhile, a giant Ruth Bader Ginsburg topper now sits upon contributing writer Michelle Ruiz’s beloved bodega fir. “In lieu of angels, this house worships equal rights crusaders,” she says. As for this writer? Despite already owning not one, not two, but three Nest holiday candles that are burning as we speak, she’s considering buying a small army of wax nutcrackers from Houses and Parties. (Plus, did you notice how many holiday puns there are in this article? Clearly, some corona coping mechanisms are to blame.) Deck your halls with boughs of holly and holiday decorations—because this pandemic season, it’s really your only option! You can’t go over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house as large gatherings are restricted. A “White Christmas” has gotta remain in your dreams unless you live in Vermont or something, because the CDC recommends Americans don’t travel. But think of it this way: as the old adage goes, there’s no place like home for the holidays, especially if you spruce it up with, well, some spruce.
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Christmas, for the Christmas plaid truck tree merry Christmas gift sweater and I love this royal family, is traditionally spent at Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth’s sprawling Jacobean estate in Norfolk. It’s a time full of parlor games, black-tie dinners, and presents (of the joke variety) exchanged at teatime on the 24th. On Christmas Day, the whole family walks to St. Mary Magdalene Church as photographers snap pictures of them dressed in their holiday best. That, by the way, is just if you feel like going out. Fondue is incredibly easy to make at home—just add your favorite cheese, some white wine and a splash of pepper, put it over a flame, and you’re ready to go. But perhaps most importantly, it’s a social activity any host can arrange safely. 74 percent of New York City’s new coronavirus cases are linked to indoor household gatherings—a phenomenon Governor Cuomo calls the “living room spread.” Fondue, however? Alpine in origin, it’s meant to be joyfully enjoyed with others outdoors, wrapped up in a snuggly coat and by a blazing fire-pit.