Congratulations - you're cooking the holiday dinner this year!  And whether your table will be seating multiple people or just a small intimate crowd, it can seem like a daunting task.

First - relax.  Take a deep breath.  Everything will turn out just fine - especially if you put a little thought and a little planning behind it.

Many people get nervous about planning, cooking, and hosting a holiday dinner because they about it all wrong.  They also don't start thinking the event through early enough.  It takes more time than you think - but the task isn't insurmountable.

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Here are some good starting tips to think about as you get ready to plan a holiday dinner: