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Embrace the Garnish
Adding greenery to a plate of hors d'oeuvres may seem like an unnecessary step, but a sprig of evergreen can telegraph a yuletide feeling without you having to decorate the house. Toss some cranberries in between a block of Cheddar and a wheel of Brie; lay a few pine boughs on the bar. Another presentation trick: If you've got special-occasion serving pieces, use them (Mondavi's instant appetizer is carrot and celery sticks in crystal bowls).