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Tips for Getting Your House Ready for the Holidays

Are you hosting the family gathering this year? Here are a few ways to whip your house into shape so you won’t have to worry about mishaps arising while guests are visiting.

The 5 Best Artificial Christmas Trees (2022 Guide)

Artificial Christmas trees get you into the holiday spirit. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best artificial Christmas trees on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home.

S21 E7, Heath Eastman discusses holiday light safety with Kevin O’Connor
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7 Electrical Safety Tips for Holiday Lights

Master electrician Heath Eastman shows host Kevin O’Connor what he needs to know about holiday light safety.

7 Ways to Prep for the Fourth of July

Summer holidays are a great way to spend time with your close friends and family. To help maximize your time with those loved ones, follow this checklist to get your home ready to celebrate Independence Day in a safe, fun way.

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Ask TOH Celebrates Their Fathers as Mentors

Ask This Old House team members talk about how their fathers shaped their lives and careers.

S20 E11, Tom Silva makes wooden ornaments with a lathe
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Build It | Christmas Ornaments

Host Kevin O’Connor meets general contractor Tom Silva in the workshop playing with his new favorite toy—the lathe. Tom demonstrates how he uses it to turn custom wooden holiday ornaments perfect for the tree or give as a festive gift.

The 5 Best Christmas Ornaments (2022 Guide)

Christmas ornaments help you and your family celebrate the holiday season. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best Christmas ornaments on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various home retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

How to Host Thanksgiving: Prep and Clean Up Tips

Read these 7 easy tips to make hosting Thanksgiving at your home less stressful this holiday season.

How to Extend the Life of Your Pumpkin

Read on for tips on how to keep your jack-o'-lantern bright through Halloween.

Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts

Are you drawing a blank on what to get Dad for Father’s Day this year? In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best Father’s Day gifts on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for your loved one. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

Firework Safety: 9 Tips for Safely Celebrating the Fourth of July at Home

In many areas of the country, some form of consumer fireworks are legal. Learn how to protect yourself and your family if you're planning your own festival of lights this holiday.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide (2022)

Whether you’re shopping for Mom, Grandma, or another mother in your life, we have you covered. From gardening accessories to power tools, here are a few ideas to get you started.

How to Choose and Prep a Christmas Tree

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook gives tips for picking the perfect Christmas tree

Alternative Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada discusses alternatives to flower bouquets that make great gifts.

99 Amazingly Crafted Gingerbread Houses

Browse this collection of the best gingerbread houses that This Old House readers have impressed us with over the years and get inspired for your own holiday construction project.

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How to Safely Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights

In this DIY Smarts, This Old House Master Electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner safely install a variety of Christmas lights.

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Everything You Need to Know About Christmas Trees

Landscape Contractor Jenn Nawada discusses the various types of Christmas trees.

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Home Holiday Nightmares

Kevin O’Connor, Richard Trethewey, Heath Eastman, and Mark McCullough recount hilarious stories of holiday mishaps.

How to Dog Proof Your Home for the Holidays

Use these 8 dog safety tips during the holidays to keep your canine companion happy and safe.

Creative Holiday Greenery Decorating Ideas

Beyond evergreen, there are a handful of other festive plants you can use for garlands, wreaths, table settings and more.

How to Transport a Live Christmas Tree Home

Here’s how to get your Christmas tree on a car and take it home safely.

12 Smart Holiday Decoration Storage Tips

Handy products and some pro organization tips to help pack your Christmas decorations.

15 Amazing, Award-Winning Gingerbread Houses

Take a look at these award winning ginger bread houses from that will inspire you to build your own masterpiece.

Wooden Christmas Yard Decorations

If lights and garland aren't enough, these DIY yard decor kits will help you create a head-turning holiday display.

How Make a Ghost Out of Chicken Wire 

Looking for a creative halloween decoration for your yard? This eerie "ghost" is poised and ready to startle unsuspecting visitors.

The Best Pumpkin Carving Tools

We’ve rounded up the top 10 pumpkin carving tools you need to make a prize-winning masterpiece.

How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Garland

Add holiday spirit to your home with a DIY garland made of magnolia leaves and juniper.

How to Pick a Christmas Tree

Are you picking up a tree this weekend? Here are ten different types of Christmas tree species with tips to help you decide which one is the best for you.

Choose a Live Christmas Tree

Extend the holiday spirit long past Christmas. Buy a live tree now, plant it later, then watch it grow year after year.

Fourth of July Deals: Backyard Furniture, Gifts, Grills & More

Are you planning a small outdoor gathering this summer with close friends and family? We’ve rounded up our favorite items—from grills to patio furniture and pool accessories—that are certain to make your Fourth of July soirée one to remember.

All About Christmas Tree Maintenance

You don’t need to have a green thumb to keep your Christmas tree alive, but there are a few tricks that may help make it last all season-long.

Home Decorating Tips For the DIYer in You

Here are 11 home decor ideas from the pros that don’t break the bank.