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Past articles by Mia:

Elementary School Kids Design the Christmas Lights in This Scottish Town

Holiday decorations can run the gamut from charmingly casual to super sophisticated. But what would happen if you let kids take over?In a small Scottish town called Newburgh, elementary school kids design the Christmas decorations, and the results are so charming, we’d love to see this be the start of a worldwide trend.According to It’s Nice That, Newburgh has maintained this tradition for 19… → Read More

Artist Yuki Kawae Spreads Relaxation with Videos from His Tabletop Zen Garden

Many of us don’t have the space for an outdoor garden. But artist Yuki Kawae shows that it’s possible to scale down and make a mini garden that still provides moments of daily joy and peace.Kawae’s version is a tabletop zen-inspired sand and rock garden, which he rakes and rearranges often, sharing the relaxing process videos on Instagram as he goes. → Read More

Artist Sipho Mabona Shows the Beauty of Deconstructed Origami

With origami, you can create beautiful, complex shapes from paper. But if you disassemble an origami object, you’ll see that the folds left behind are also beautiful in their own right. This is the space Swiss artist Sipho Mabona works in: origami focused on foldlines rather than representational shapes.Earlier this week, Instagram shared a video of Mabona at work, using a large piece of… → Read More

What Should You Do With Gifts That Don’t Spark Joy? Marie Kondo Has the Answer

It’s almost inevitable, during the holidays, that you receive a gift that doesn’t spark joy. Maybe you feel no guilt about donating or giving away the gift right away. But what do you do when you’re on the fence—when the gift is not really your taste, but you’re not ready to get rid of it just yet? Of course, tidying expert Marie Kondo has the answer.After Christmas, the KonMari blog shared an… → Read More

Record a Christmas Carol With the Blob Opera

There are still a few hours of Christmas left—enough time to eat some more cookies, watch a movie, and record your own Christmas song with the Blob Opera.What’s a blob opera? It’s pretty adorable. With Google Arts & Culture, artist David Li created a machine-learning experiment featuring a choir of singing blobs. → Read More

Three AI Programs Tried to Write the Queen’s Christmas Speech, and They Did a Surprisingly OK Job

Can a robot write a speech fit for a queen? Every year, Queen Elizabeth gives a speech at Christmas, reflecting on the past year, sharing anecdotes from her life, and offering a message of hope. This year, Wired challenged three different artificial intelligence programs to write a version of her Christmas speech, and to a surprising extent, they captured the spirit of her broadcasts.Of course,… → Read More

Write a Letter to Your Future Self With This Website

The start of a new year is often a time for reflection. How did this year change you? What do you hope to carry with you, and what do you hope to leave behind? You can make a list of resolutions, if that’s your style, but here’s another option: you could write a letter to your future self.The website FutureMe is built on this premise. It’s not only intended for the new year, but now is as good a… → Read More

All the Movies and TV Shows Coming to Disney+ in January

Out with the old and in with the new, on our screens at least. With the new year comes a fresh new crop of movies and shows on Disney+.On the list are a few brand new offerings. Marvel Studios: Legends highlights individual characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so you can brush up if you’ve lost track of all the relationships and timelines in the sprawling network of movies and TV shows. → Read More

These Are the Most Popular New Year’s Episodes By State

New Year’s Eve movies haven’t become quite the genre Christmas movies have. But there have been some iconic New Year’s episodes of TV shows over the years. If you’re spending the holiday at home on your couch, there are more than enough to keep you entertained from the 31st of December through the first of January.This year, DISH Network put together a list of the top 15 most popular… → Read More

An Official ‘Star Wars’ Knitting Book Is Coming Soon, and You Need a Yoda Sweater, Don’t You?

Great news for Star Wars fans who knit! There is an official Star Wars knitting pattern book on the horizon, and you don’t have to wait a long time for it. Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy will be released on January 26, 2021. There’s something in this book for every fan and every kind of knitter. Patterns are divided into four sections: toys, costume replicas, inspired apparel, and home decor. → Read More

These 3D Printed Holiday Candies Are Edible Works of Art

People have made amazing things with 3D printing technology, like chairs, lamps, dorm art, and all kinds of tiny houses. Among the latest additions to that list are intricate Christmas ornaments made of sugar.Los Angeles-based confectioner Sugar Lab’s holiday line looks more like art than candy. There’s a modular snowman kit that lets you build a snowman even while it’s 60 degrees outside. → Read More

These Super-High-Resolution Photos Capture the Intricate Beauty of Snowflakes

Each snowflake is like a whole universe, and not just in the sense of the live-action Grinch movie (if you know, you know). Each one has a unique crystalline structure, astonishing in its detail and symmetry. We can’t see all this with the naked eye, or with the best iPhone macro setting. Snowflakes require a special camera that can not only capture tiny details at high speeds but also do so… → Read More

Dyson Released Holiday-Themed Science Experiments to Keep Kids Entertained During Winter Break

What do you do over the holiday break when there’s nowhere to go but home? Dyson has one activity for your consideration: holiday-themed science experiments.The James Dyson Foundation released instructions for two challenges to keep the family entertained (find the PDF here). The Frosty Can Snowman requires only a tin can, crushed ice, water, and salt. Together, the ingredients create a chilling… → Read More

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Shared Their First American Christmas Card

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wish you a merry Christmas! They just shared their family Christmas card, and it reflects the kind of laid-back, intimate holiday we hope they get to enjoy this year.The card was released on Twitter by Mayhew, an animal welfare organization and one of the duchess’s U.K. patronages. → Read More

These Pampas Grass Christmas Trees Reimagine the Evergreen

Christmas trees may be evergreen, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have trends. We’ve seen rose gold trees, pink tulle trees, ceramic trees, white trees… And this year we’re also seeing trees made from pampas grass.Metro UK pointed out the Instagram trend in late November. “Obviously a pampas tree needs some decoration, otherwise it just looks like a forgotten plant left to wither,” the… → Read More

This List of Most Popular Christmas Episodes Features a Surprising Amount of ‘House’

Christmas movies get lots of love, but we can’t forget about Christmas episodes. Over the years, some of our favorite TV shows, from The Office to The Simpsons, have released Christmas episodes we love to rewatch yearly, right alongside holiday movies.What’s everyone’s favorite this year? DISH Network wanted to know, so it combed IMDb for the most-viewed Christmas episodes. → Read More

Where to Watch ‘The Nutcracker’ This Year, According to the Sugarplum Fairy Herself

Nothing says Christmas more than the Nutcracker ballet. While you may not be able to go see it on stage this year, you can still watch performances by some of the best ballet companies in the world.Vogue recently asked Tiler Peck, principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, for her recommendations for where to watch The Nutcracker this year. → Read More

More People Are Buying Themselves Gifts This Year, According to Survey

To say the holidays look different this year is an understatement. Maybe it’s because we can’t gather with extended family and friends to exchange gifts that more people are buying gifts for themselves this year.Groupon recently conducted a survey of 2,000 Americans about their holiday gift-buying habits. → Read More

Grow a Vertical Garden With These Recycled-Plastic Planters

When you love plants but don’t have a lot of horizontal space, consider going vertical! A set of vertical planters makes it easy to keep a garden in a small space on either walls or fences.We wrote about these planters last year when they were just seedlings on Kickstarter. Now they’re in full bloom and available on Uncommon Goods. → Read More

This Website Lets You Scream Into the Void

When you post on social media, do you ever think you’d be better off just screaming into a void? Well, you can. There’s a website called Scream Into the Void, where you can toss off the words you’d otherwise tweet, write in your journal, or leave unarticulated and bottled up deep inside the folds of your brain.Type your feelings, hit the red “scream button,” and watch your words be sucked into a… → Read More