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20 Ways to Start the Christmas Season in Metro Phoenix, from Gingerbread to Egg Nog

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Need to get a jump-start on the holiday season? Here's the best of Chow Bella Christmases past to get through the gift exchanges, potlucks, and other energy-sucking celebrations.

ENTERTAINING

Top 10 Christmas Beers

The Amazon Wine Shop Now Ships to Arizona

10 Favorite Places to Get Tamales in Metro Phoenix

10 Best Cocktails for Your Holiday Party

GIFTS

Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

Gift Guide for the Meat Lover

Wrapping Up Your Homemade Food Gifts, Thanks to Pinterest

Cocktail Lovers' Anti-Gift Guide: What NOT to Get

Top 5 Holiday Party Gifts (Leave the Wine)

Karl's Quality Bakery vs. Barb's Bakery: Gingerbread Men Go Mano-a-Mano

RECIPES

How to Make the Best Eggnog

Dates, an Easy Hors d'Oeuvre

A Merry Vegan Christmas Menu

In Season: Kale Salad

Get That Coquito Buzz This Christmas

STORYTELLING

Phoenix Chefs Share Their Biggest Holiday Cooking Screw-Ups

For Sativa Peterson, Nothing Says Christmas Like Glitter on Your Toast

Robrt Pela's Dreaming of a Moist Christmas

Laurie Notaro Tells What Happened the Year They Served Brie and Blueberries to Her Mother on Christmas

Deborah Sussman's Chocolate Christmas (and Hanukkah)

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