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Want your house to look like the Griswold’s this Christmas?In “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Clark Griswold set the bar pretty high when it comes to lighting up a home for the holidays. But what would it take to create in “real life”? And how much would it cost you? Hint: better hope your holiday bonus is more than a subscription to the jelly-of-the-month club.

When did sending Christmas cards become popular?You might not give it a second thought, but why – and when – did sending Christmas cards become a common holiday tradition? Well, it dates back to early Victorian England and very popular British man who just couldn’t keep up with his correspondence.

To mulch or not to mulch?And the answer is: yes! You should totally be mulching your leaves because it not only makes for a more beautiful lawn, but it also makes for less work for you in the long run. Here's how.

Why do we eat turkey?It’s true that turkey might not have been on the menu for the First Thanksgiving (they wrote of eating “wild fowl”). So why is it the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving dinner? You might want to thank President Lincoln. He’s the one who declared Thanksgiving a national holiday and the humble turkey became the main attraction.

Want a happier holiday?Finally, there’s a good reason to put up your Christmas decorations earlier: it can actually make you feel happier. That’s according to a report in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. It finds that people who decorate come across as more accessible, friendly and cohesive. So bring out your Christmas lights early!

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