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Party food in a snap: Dress up simple ingredients for 5 instant appetizers

Sick of staying up until midnight, trolling Pinterest for the perfect party spread ideas? Spare yourself the exhaustion this year and keep things simple by dressing up simple, ready-made ingredients and turning them into instant appetizers, without driving yourself to the brink of insanity.1.Crescent rolls + spinach artichoke dip: Spinach artichoke dip is a must-have classic at this point.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:20:00 GMT
Travel in style: Ditch your sloppy sweats for these cozy-chic alternatives

Holiday travel can be tricky territory when it comes to fashion. Comfort is key, but you don't want to look like a mess once you've landed. Here's how to transform your airport look from frumpy to fabulous with these easy (and cozy!) substitutions. Instead ofsweatpants...try sleek trousersSwitch out your sweatpants for a pair of sleek-looking trousers with an elastic waistband.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:57:00 GMT
Air Force dad dresses as Santa to surprise son in heartwarming video

When Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas Williams received a 28-day pass home for the holidays from his year-long tour in South Korea, he came up with the perfect surprise for his 6-year-old son, Aaron.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:51:14 GMT
From iPads to Fitbits: How to set up your holiday tech gifts

Hooray! You just got a shiny new something for the holidays. Sadly, Santa Claus doesn't work in I.T., so you're going to have to set it up yourself. Put down that eggnog it's time to get to work.RokuFish out those Wi-Fi and Netflix passwords you're going to need them. That is true for the Roku or other streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV and Apple Play.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:32:10 GMT
A frolicking panda and more of TODAY's favorite pet videos of 2014

Lions, cheetahs and puppies, oh my!This year has been filled of some hilarious and heartwarming moments with animals. Since January, we have seen cats come to rescue, ababy hippo earn the nickname of 'Michelin Man,' the birth of the only panda triplets in the world and more. Selection was tough, but here are TODAY.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:30:23 GMT
Good gifts for coworkers: 19 ways to win the White Elephant party

With the holiday season in full swing, many of you might be struggling with what gifts to get for your coworkers, particularly if your office throws a Secret Santa or White Elephant party. Here at TODAY.com, we let you peek into our gift exchange so you can steal some great ideas, and see what to never, ever buy for a coworker.1.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:02:00 GMT
Still shopping? Try these last-minute strategies

With less than a week to go before Christmas, consumers' online shopping options for holiday delivery are dwindling. But it looks like Santa's helpers still have plenty of work to do. As of Dec. 10, the date of the latest National Retail Federation survey, the average shopper had finished just 52.9 percent of his (or her) holiday shopping. (Even so, that's up from 49.9 percent last year.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:46:07 GMT
Toast the season with these five excellent ways to drink and eat eggnog

Move over pumpkin spice. Theres a new holiday flavor in town. Eggnog, once considered a drink of the European aristocracy (hey, who else could afford milk, eggs, spices and brandy before the 18th century?), is a sure sign the festive season has arrived. Celebrate with a glass of this classic Christmastime drink or one (or all!) of these other inspired ways to get your eggnog on.1.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:30:00 GMT
Another royal baby! Princess Madeleine of Sweden announces second pregnancy

It looks like 2015 will be quite the year for royal babies! Sweden's Princess Madeleine is expecting her second child, the royal court announced on Friday."We are very happy and look forward to welcoming a new member to our family," said Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher O'Neill, a British-American banker, in a statement.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:29:00 GMT
Holiday blues can hit kids, too here's how to help them cope

The weeks leading up to New Years can be magical for a child, with all the holiday celebrations and family memories. But its a time that can also bring feelings of disappointment, sadness and loss the holiday blues just like for some adults each year.Unfortunately, parents may not realize how to helpkids of all ages, even preschoolers, deal with holiday stress.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:07:00 GMT
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