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Peace on Earth at Your House

Make your holidays happier and healthier (and calmer) with these 15 sneaky strategies. Instant peace!

By Dorothy Foltz-Gray

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Have an Advance Battle Plan

Replace Thursday's kitchen meltdown with advance prep, says Rebecca Newell, executive chef of Beehive Restaurant in Boston. Boil the potatoes, cook the cranberries, assemble the dressing's dry ingredients on Tuesday. Pull sides together Wednesday. "They will taste even better since the flavors will have settled," says Newell. "Imagine waking up Thanksgiving morning, throwing in your turkey, and calling it a day."

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