Home for the Holidays: Our Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating This Year

Sarah DiMarco
·3-min read
Photo credit: PAMELA COOK
Photo credit: PAMELA COOK

From Veranda

"Home for the Holidays"

It's a quintessential phrase of the season that we never think twice about, as it's often heard while on the phone with your inquiring mother or wrapped into a long monologue from the lead character of that cheesy, Christmas movie you couldn't stop yourself from watching. If someone were to ask you in any other year where you'd be headed for the holidays, you may start to describe home as the charming town where your parents live or maybe your own abode where friends come over each year for an extravagant get-together. However as we've all witnessed, 2020 is unlike any year we've seen or experienced, and many of us have faced unimaginable hardships. And home is the last place many of us want to be for the holidays after spending 10 months (and counting!) within those four walls.

Nearly 12 million in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus while more than 250,000 others have lost their lives. As numbers continue to increase, the thought of going to back to that place you often regarded as "home" or inviting a large number of people into your safe haven may feel distressing. More people will most likely be spending the holidays with only a small group of loved ones or even alone this year, possibly for the first time ever.

Our team of editors at VERANDA are here to encourage you to not let the pandemic take away your happiness this holiday season and help you rethink the way you define "home for the holidays." Take the time to layer those sparkling baubles and treasured heirloom plates to create that picture-perfect tablescape you've always wanted to have. Invite that neighbor you've connected with over the year onto your apartment balcony for a holiday cocktail party for two. And ultimately, cultivate a place where celebrating the holidays to its fullest in a place you feel safe and joyous―home—fills you with more gratitude than longing.

To help you get in the spirit, we've asked the nation's top designers and tastemakers (think: Tory Burch and Ina Garten) to share their best advice on how to make this holiday season feel special. From chic table decorating ideas for every occasion to tips on how to make your home guest-ready, here's our comprehensive guide to celebrating the holidays this year.

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