Christmas seems to instill an unparallelled tremor of expectation in people. We seem to feel that for this crucial period we must suddenly become great hosts and untiring chefs, ready with a cocktail and a full table at all hours. I want you to feel better about the big parties and the little dinners you suddenly find yourself throwing. I'm not telling you not to worry, I'm giving you the recipes so you won't have to.
Nigella Lawson's Favorite Christmas Recipes