November 17, 2010 12:00 PM

Dear Readers,

It’s time to spread some holiday cheer! And in this special issue, sponsored by Kraft Foods but independently created by the editors of PEOPLE, celebrities such as newlyweds Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr, and Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke do just that by opening up their homes and sharing the traditions that make their family holidays extra special. We also check in with stars like Matt Damon and Kathy Griffin, who demonstrate how they make time to give back to others at this time of year. Plus there are plenty of foolproof, fun-and stress-free-entertaining tips to help you pull off the perfect party. Learn how to set up the best at-home bar (page 10); what to serve instead of the same-old brussels sprouts (page 70); and how to put together a fabulous open house-with no cooking required! (page 44). So sit back, relax and have a candy cane martini (page 66). We hope this issue inspires you to make this holiday season your best yet!

Sincerely,

Paul Caine

President, PEOPLE magazine

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