Christmas is a spirited and creative time of year, with a joyful abundance of family, friends, and, of course, food, food, and more food! For those who relish in the idea of maintaining family holiday traditions or starting new ones of their own, this book-in one neatly bound package- is all about serving up comfort and joy with helpful ideas to simplify, organize, and plan your holiday feasts. 'The Christmas Table' is filled with more than 80 recipes for glorious things to eat throughout the holiday season. For a fabulous Christmas cocktail party, the deceptively simple Cucumber Cups with Smoked Salmon and Chive Pate and comforting Ginger and Apple Hot Toddys will keep all the guests happy. For a family dinner, either Juniper-Brined Roast Turkey or Burbon and Brown Sugar Crusted Ham will go equally well with Whipped Garnet Yams with Pecan Praline Crust. Christmas morning will be a true treat if all those presents are served up with Applewood-Smoked Bacon Benedicts or Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes. And for the inevitable desserts that are always around during the holiday season, Eggnog Cheesecake with Candied Kumquats is great to serve with a meal, while Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Stars will shine brightly in any gift basket. In addition to the dozens of delicious recipes (including some for leftovers!), Diane Morgan has also included craft projects to make any home sparkle with warmth and Christmas spirit.