Christmas decorations
The holiday season is here, and MNN wants you to be prepared. We've compiled everything from recipes to decorations to gift ideas to make your Christmas season fun, green and affordable. Remember: Check back often for new photo galleries and stories — and enjoy the season. (Photo: net_efekt/Flickr)

The story behind spider Christmas ornaments

5 eggnog-esque creamy holiday drinks

11 Christmas traditions we don't have in the U.S.

Girl's letter to Santa prompts an avalanche of blankets and goodwill

Poinsettias aren't going to kill you

Which holiday foods are safe for pets?

7 Christmas cookie bars for the too-busy cook

Who's going to get a white Christmas?

What happened to Rome's Christmas tree?

These letters to Santa are hilariously honest

13 cheery Christmas photos of cats and dogs

10 stocking stuffers for home cooks (that will actually get used)