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Hosting My First Christmas Dinner, Any Tips?

Readers, brisas and I need your help! Both she and I will be hosting Christmas dinner for the first time ever. She writes:

"My husband and I moved into our new house this year and, of course, I wanted to have Christmas at our new place with all of our families. I am excited but nervous about the entire endeavor. I wanted to make the meal pretty appetizer-heavy and then keep the dinner simple with prime rib or possibly a goose, mashed potatoes, and a big green salad. I have a couple days off before the dinner to get everything ready including decorating, dinner, etc. Any tips on what else I should make for the appetizers, drinks, and desserts? Or any tips on how to not freak out once I start in on all of these recipes?"

I recommend planning as much in advance as possible. Also, don't be afraid to delegate. At my Christmas dinner, there will be more than 30 guests and some have volunteered to bring a dish; I will be taking them up on their offer. Have you hosted Christmas dinner? Share your suggestions below!

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