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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Act like a grown up

You can roll your eyes in private, but getting involved in emotional family tangles is never a win-win over the holidays, says Julie Hanks. If your older adult sibling starts talking to you like a "dumb younger sister" or your mother starts expecting you to be the peacemaker, remember that you don't have to play your old childhood role, she says: "You can choose how to respond and behave in those situations." Pour yourself a cup of calming tea and map out how the older, more mature you is going to react when the inevitable stressful situations arise.