November 26, 2014 12:00 PM

WELCOME!

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

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