The Easiest Way to Make Crispy Homemade Samosas

Keep a stash, made from scratch, in the freezer, and fry them up as a quick snack to break fast, to host surprise guests or to just feed yourself.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #ramadan

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Indonesia Bus Falls Into Ravine, Leaving Dozens Dead

The brakes on a bus carrying 66 students, teachers and relatives who had visited an Islamic missionary’s tomb appear to have malfunctioned, killing 29.

#buses, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #indonesia, #java-indonesia, #rescues, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Tet Is Full of Traditions, but You Can Have It Your Way

Plenty of rule-bending and innovation has been brought to Vietnamese Lunar New Year feasts as the diaspora has grown.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #lunar-new-year, #tet, #vietnamese-food-cuisine, #vietnamese-americans

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To Avoid a Covid Surge, China Cracks Down on Lunar New Year Travel

China has added restrictions, offered incentives and appealed to a sense of filial and national responsibility, in an effort to prevent about 300 million migrant workers from going home for the holiday.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #labor-and-jobs, #lunar-new-year, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Australia Day: A Day of Celebration or Mourning?

For many, it’s a chance to kick back at beaches and barbecues. But for protesters who took to the streets on Tuesday, it’s a mark of the country’s shameful treatment of Indigenous people: Invasion Day.

#australia, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #indigenous-australians

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New York’s Pandemic Christmas: Muted Cheer, but Some Stick to Traditions

Bus terminals and train stations were all but empty and restaurant owners said business was slow. Still, the city’s resilience was evident.

#christmas, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-warnings

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The Modern Love Podcast: 10 Episodes to Binge Through the Holidays

2020 has been a year of isolation and grief, but there’s always room for love.

#dating-and-relationships, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #jones-daniel-1962, #lee-miya, #love-emotion, #marriages, #podcasts

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The Loveliest Gifts: Our Secret Santa Book Swap

Long before I worked at The New York Times, my friends and I leaned on the Books section for holiday cheer. We still do.

#books-and-literature, #chang-victoria, #children-and-childhood, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #poetry-and-poets, #trethewey-natasha

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Scenes From a Pandemic Holiday Road Trip

Scenes from a holiday season that shone bright in dark times.

#arizona, #asheville-nc, #christmas, #hanukkah, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #maryland, #memphis-tenn, #nashville-tenn, #new-mexico, #pennsylvania, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #road-trips, #texas, #united-states, #utah

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The Virus That Stole Most of 2020 Now Steals Christmas, Too

Across Italy and beyond, those who lost loved ones this year had looked forward to a holiday with the rest of their friends and relatives. But for many, it’s not to be.

#christmas, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #grandparents, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional

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How to Design Your 2020 Holiday Reboot

It may not be the perfect storybook holiday, but it rarely is. Why not use this year to reset and create your own traditions?

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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In a Covid Winter, How to Stay Warm, Safe and Social

The right gear, a little planning and practicing for the cold temperatures can help you take celebrations outdoors to avoid Covid-19.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #seasons-and-months, #weather, #winter-season

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For Those Behind Corporate Events, Parties Are on Pause

As companies cancel their year-end events, the 2020 holiday season has made a terrible year even worse for those in the events business.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #small-business

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Covid Guide: How to Get Through the Pandemic

Times are tough now, but the end is in sight. If we hunker down, keep our families safe during the holidays and monitor our health at home, life will get better in the spring. Here’s how to get through it.

#chronic-condition-health, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dexamethasone-drug, #disease-rates, #fauci-anthony-s, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #marr-linsey, #medicine-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #pulse-oximetry, #telemedicine, #tests-medical, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization, #winter-season

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A Finger-Food Countdown to 2021

This menu of tasty party snacks is perfect for the 2020 version of a holiday blowout — that is, all-night nibbling on the couch.

#content-type-service, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-year, #parties-social, #snack-foods

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A Chicken Dish That Makes It Feel Like Christmas

When Nik Sharma left Mumbai for Ohio years ago, he had to leave his family’s holiday celebration behind too. Now he recreates one of his favorite dishes, chicken cafreal, in his own kitchen.

#christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #india, #potatoes, #poultry

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Christmas Is Coming. Cue the Guilt Trips and Tears.

Thanksgiving gatherings were upended by the pandemic. With Christmas upon us, families are having another round of fraught conversations about in-person celebrations.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #holiday-gatherings, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

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Zoom Cocktails 2.0: The Holiday Edition

The virtual happy hour was novel nine months ago, and now it’s back to get us through the holidays. But can we overcome the limits of a virtual social life?

#families-and-family-life, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

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You’re Choosing a Gift. Here’s What Not to Do.

Many of our natural impulses turn out to be wrong. Psychological research can help us choose wisely.

#christmas, #gift-cards-and-certificates, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #research

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How Much Dyker Heights Christmas Light Displays Cost

Nine snowflakes, eight penguins, five angels and three life-size Nutcrackers. “I spend several thousand dollars — at the least — each year.”

#christmas, #dyker-heights-brooklyn-ny, #holidays-and-special-occasions

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How to Use Science to Give Good Gifts

Many of our natural impulses turn out to be wrong. Psychological research can help us choose wisely.

#christmas, #gift-cards-and-certificates, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #research

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18 Easy Holiday Desserts

No-fuss treats for a sweet season.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #desserts, #holidays-and-special-occasions

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In a Hard Year, Families Find Joy in Real Christmas Trees

Bell’s Christmas Trees in Accord, N.Y., closed early this month after its customers, worn down by the pandemic and looking for a safe family activity, bought out its entire inventory.

#accord-ny, #agriculture-and-farming, #christmas, #christmas-trees, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #trees-and-shrubs

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With Most Pantomimes Canceled, Another Blow to U.K. Theaters

Camp, kid-friendly and hugely popular, the peculiarly British performances usually sell enough tickets to support theaters’ programs throughout the rest of the year.

#actors-and-actresses, #box-office-sales, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #theater

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Silent Night: Scenes of a Pandemic Christmas

Photographers around the country captured how the pandemic has brought many hectic holiday traditions to a halt.

#christmas, #e-commerce, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

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Our Food Staff’s 18 Favorite Holiday Recipes

Reporters and editors shared the NYT Cooking recipes that have become holiday traditions in their homes.

#christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #hanukkah, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-year, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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It’s In-Law Season. Here’s How to Get Along.

In-laws are often thrust into life’s most intimate moments without much agreement on how things should be handled. It can make these relationships … complicated.

#content-type-service, #families-and-family-life, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #marriages

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How to Make a Spectacular Holiday Trifle

Flamboyant, fruity and exceedingly merry, trifles are a show-off dessert with a self-effacing name.

#cakes, #content-type-service, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #desserts, #fruit, #holidays-and-special-occasions

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How Neighbors Are Coming Together to Buy Local for the Holidays

“I’m not buying anything from freaking Jeff Bezos,” says a member of a Red Hook business group.

#chinatown-manhattan-ny, #crowdsourcing-internet, #e-commerce, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-york-city, #red-hook-brooklyn-ny, #rockaway-peninsula-queens-ny, #shopping-and-retail

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Artist-Designed Holiday Cards, Ready for the Mail

Five designs, made exclusively for T, that reflect on a difficult year while offering a chance to spread warmth and even cheer.

#art, #frank-natalie-1980, #greeting-cards, #handicrafts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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After a Hard Year, Holiday Commercials Get Real

Tear-jerker scenes and reminders of the coronavirus pandemic are part of a not-so-cheery seasonal ad blitz.

#advertising-and-marketing, #chick-fil-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #general-mills-inc, #hershey-company, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #marksspencer-plc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #target-corporation, #walmart-stores-inc

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4 Festive Dishes to Make You Happy to Be Home

This is the holiday season for staying in with lazy-day recipes that feel like cooking self-care and taste like celebration.

#beef, #cakes, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #hanukkah, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Keeping the Holiday Season Bright

The pandemic may force you to cancel some holiday traditions, but creating new ones can help make up for what you lose.

#brooklyn-nyc, #christmas, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #montclair-nj, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Getting Creative for the 2020 Office Holiday Party

Because yet another Google hangout is not going to cut it.

#christmas, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #workplace-environment

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Holiday Cards for 2020

In a year marked by distance, loss and virtual stand-ins, physical greeting cards are selling quite well.

#christmas, #etsy-inc, #greeting-cards, #hallmark-cards-inc, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #paper-source-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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A Thanksgiving Myth Debunked: People Aren’t Fighting About Politics

Smaller gatherings mean fewer chances to talk to relatives you disagree with. But most Americans prefer to skip partisan debates altogether, no matter how big the turkey.

#families-and-family-life, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #presidential-election-of-2020, #thanksgiving-day

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How Not to Overspend This Black Friday

Have a list, a budget and some patience.

#black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #content-type-service, #e-commerce, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail

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Holiday Gifts for Health and Wellness

Give someone the gift of healthy living this year with one of these gift ideas from the writers and editors of Well.

#christmas, #exercise, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #pulse-oximetry, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #watches-and-clocks

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Being Thankful and Hopeful in This Weird and Terrible Year

It’s a year for getting through the winter as well as we can, for thinking about how to help those who are bearing the greatest burdens, and for waiting hopefully for better times.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day, #turkeys

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Coronavirus Upends Thanksgiving, While Some Ignore Travel Warnings

Public health officials are advising against the very rituals many families cherish: out-of-state travel and large, indoor gatherings.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

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Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton On Their Thanksgiving Plans

After a misdirected text, Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton became internet famous for their holiday celebrations. This year, they will feel major loss from the pandemic at their table.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grief-emotion, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #jamal-hinton, #thanksgiving-day, #wanda-dench

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You Don’t Have to Fake It Through Thanksgiving

The need for joy and celebration cannot erase loss, even during the holidays.

#grief-emotion, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #terrible-thanks-for-asking-radio-program, #thanksgiving-day

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Mall Santas Are Making Concessions to the Coronavirus

With the pandemic raging, malls are overhauling their Santa Claus traditions this Christmas to include virtual visits, holiday-themed masks and shields to reduce the risk of infection.

#bass-pro-shops-inc, #brookfield-office-properties, #children-and-childhood, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #international-brotherhood-of-real-bearded-santas, #macys-inc, #mall-of-america-bloomington-minn, #memphis-tenn, #santa-claus, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls

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What 635 Epidemiologists Are Doing for Thanksgiving

Those who are gathering with family or friends are taking precautions or rethinking their holiday rituals altogether. Most are staying home.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #polls-and-public-opinion, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

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Where Have All the Houseguests Gone?

The pandemic has made it impossible to invite people over, fundamentally changing the way many of us like to use our homes.

#holidays-and-special-occasions, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #new-york-city, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rose-lela, #tables

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C.D.C. Pleads With Americans to Stay Home on Thanksgiving

Even as the White House downplays the coronavirus threat, health officials warned against traditional gatherings with those from outside the immediate household.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #thanksgiving-day, #travel-and-vacations, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Sanitizer for Santa? Families Adapt to a Strange Holiday Season

The pandemic has forced us to find creative new ways to celebrate this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

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16 Festive Thanksgiving Mains That Aren’t Turkey

You might be skipping turkey this year because it’s too big or just too much work. We’ve got options to get excited about.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #thanksgiving-day

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Postal Service Takes ‘Operation Santa’ Letter Campaign National

The program encourages postal customers to adopt letters and buy gifts for the children who send them. This year, because of the pandemic, customers will review the letters exclusively online.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #letters, #postal-service-us, #santa-claus, #united-states, #usps-operation-santa-claus

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Students Return For the Holidays

Plan out the trip home and set ground rules for safe socializing. And remember that they’ve had a tough year, too, so give them the space to talk about it.

#anxiety-and-stress, #colleges-and-universities, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #thanksgiving-day

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