Alyvia Alyn Lind Interview

The pint-sized actress Alyvia Alyn Lind visits Home & Family to talk about what it was like to play the main character in NBC’s television movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” which has an encore presentation, December 25th, 9/8c. Alyvia is celebrating her recent Critics Choice Award nomination, which she shares with Kathy Bates, Kirsten Dunst and Rachel McAdams. Alyvia has yet to pick out her dress for the awards show, but admits she is doing research. At such a young age, the actress already has an impressive resume, including acting on “Revenge” and “Young and the Restless.”

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Cristina Cooks with Valerie Gordon

Cristina is in the kitchen cooking peppermint bark and peppermint candy and Skypes in with Valerie Gordon of Valerie’s Confections to help out with the recipes. Valerie and Cristina remind you to let the bark chill 1-2 minutes before serving. Cristina also suggests using leftover bark as toppings for ice cream, cake, cookies or brownies.

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Matthew and Gunnar Nelson Perform

Multi-platinum recording artists, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson chat with Mark and Cristina about their childhood and growing up in a showbiz family. They also share memories of their legendary father, Ricky Nelson and how important Christmas was to him and the rest of their family. After their interview, the brothers perform “This Christmas” for the audience.

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Best Things Come in Small Packages

Kym Douglas has a list of fun gift ideas that happen to be small. From makeup pallets to a credit card survival kit, she shows you some fun presents that won’t break the bank when it comes to shipping.

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How to Photograph Christmas Lights

Mark gives up some helpful tips on how to photograph Christmas lights. First things first, he recommends shooting with a tripod and turning the flash off. When it comes to shooting, the best time of day is at dusk. Finally, save as a “raw” photo and not as a JPEG.

Hollywood Christmas Parade

Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada stop by to talk about what it is like to be co-hosts of this year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade. The mission of the parade each year is to give back, donating to Laura and Erik have been friends for almost 30 years, meeting at a charity in the early 80’s. They joke that because they are real-life friends, it makes their job of co-hosting together that much easier.
Don't miss The Hollywood Christmas Parade, Wednesday, December 23rd, 3PM, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

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Dan Kohler Bakes!

Dan Kohler is in the kitchen showing Home & Family how to bake various cookies with fun international cooking tools. Finally, Dan bakes Springerle and shows you how you can, too.

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DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Dean Butler returns to show you how to make a Christmas tree stand, a tradition that has been in his family for 105 years. He recommends that if you can’t find a redwood trunk for your stand, you can also use a wine barrel. When you are finished you can add lights to keep it looking festive at night.

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Benefits of Family Mealtime

Dr. JJ discusses why more families should be enjoying dinners together. Toddlers who participate in family mealtime acquire 1,000 rare words in their vocabulary and studies link regular family dinners with lowering high risk teenage behavior. Family mealtime also allows families to learn from each other, share stories and talk about the news.

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DIY Christmas Dinner Centerpiece

Ken Wingard shows you how to make the perfect Christmas Dinner Centerpiece using items you already have in your home, including candles, greenery, apples, cinnamon sticks, books and oranges!

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