Chances are you already have lots of Christmas gear from previous seasons stashed away in closets, on shelves and in the basement. But every year, the stores are loaded with new holiday decor. And though you don’t have to buy new decorations every year, it’s fun to experiment with different seasonal styles, colors and themes. Here’s a look at some merry ways to dress your home this December. Brighten your home with a bold color, and then do the unexpected.
Film critic Alonso Duralde loves holiday movies so much that he wrote a book on the subject. Alonso Duralde, Creators.com/Courtesy photoWatching movies is a big part of Christmas for many people. According to a Redbox survey, 90 percent of 1,200 people polled said they planned to watch a movie as part of their holiday celebration; 87 percent planned to watch two or more movies during the holiday.
Give back this holiday by getting a group together to prepare meals for the needy. Rise Against Hunger, Creators.com/Courtesy photoThe holidays are as much about giving gifts as they’re about receiving them. From tangible items to good deeds, there are lots of ways to give back to others this Christmas. Here’s a rundown of ways to spread some joy. * Sing! Spread good will by going Christmas caroling through your neighborhood, or visit a senior center or a kids’ hospital.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".