31 No-Stress Holiday Entertaining Tips

No need to run yourself ragged over the holidays. Try these tips for simple, elegant holiday entertaining.
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Eat like The Christmas Story family

Remember how much fun the Parker Family in "The Christmas Story" had at the Chinese restaurant? That could be you. Really. You don't even have to let a pack of dogs eat your turkey first. There's no rule that says you have to eat any holiday meal at home. Go to a fancy hotel buffet for Thanksgiving, like Lillian Hayes Martin does in Texas, or order in sushi for Hanukkah like Donna Raskin does in Pennington, NJ. "Hey, everybody's really happy with the sushi," says Raskin. And isn't that the point?