The holidays are about family, friends, food and festivities. You’ll be able to enjoy them all, thanks to this issue just for PEOPLE subscribers. Our editors bring you easy celebrity recipes and party ideas to make this time more special but less stressful. You’ll feel the warmth of family traditions in the way Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan celebrate Christmas and Chanukah. You’ll be inspired by the glamour of Hollywood in a spectacular party created by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s wedding planner Sharon Sacks. And you’ll discover new ways to celebrate, trendy recipes to try, cocktails to ring in the season and gifts for everyone on your list. (Yes, even your Secret Santa!) We wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season.
6 Tips & Trimmings
Easy entertaining ideas, decadent comfort foods, the best Christmas lights for your home and more!
30 Eric Decker & Jessie James’s First Family Christmas
The E! stars are trimming their tree and getting ready for holiday fun with baby Vivianne
32 Cooking with the Stars!
Melissa Gilbert, Stanley Tucci and Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein share recipes from their new cookbooks
50 The Perfect Biscuit Brunch
Break out the cast-iron skillet: This southern-inspired menu will have you drooling
54 All the Rage: Ramen!
Tantalize your guests’ taste buds with warming bowls of spicy, slurpy noodle soup
58 Dessert in a Jar
Sinfully sweet, single-serving treats. No dishes required!
63 Ellie Krieger: Baking & Bonding
The Food Network star whips up surprisingly healthy cupcakes with her daughter Isabella
66 One Fine Dinner!
Famous chefs serve up delicious one-dish wonders for your next holiday party
70 Holiday Partywear 101
How to dress for all your seasonal soirées, from casual brunches to chic cocktail parties
73 Secret Santa Gifts
Nate Berkus picks crowd-pleasing presents for your next office swap
74 Gifts for Kids
From Frozen dolls to airplane kits, here’s the hottest gear for little ones on your list. Plus: classic books kids will love
76 Gifts for Readers
Authors Ann Patchett and Jeff Kinney name their top books of 2014
78 Hostess Gifts
RSVP yes and snap up one of these perfect party offerings
80 One Last Thing with Idina Menzel
The singer talks giving gifts, getting starstruck, and still loving “Let It Go”
ON THE COVER
Photograph by Paul Costello. Hair: Brian Magallones/L’Oreal Paris/Exclusive Artists; Makeup: Jordan Long/Pur Minerals/Exclusive Artists; Prop Stylist: Christina Lane; Stylist: Sarah Parlow; Dress: Plein Sud; Insets: (Drinks) Alison Miksch; (Cupcake) Erin Patrice O’Brien; (Sacks) Keith King