By Lori Powell
The sharp, sweet scent of pine wreaths, an inviting tree, cheerful yuletide jingles, a houseful of guests in high spirits...some holiday traditions are just too good to be tinkered with, and gathering beloved family and friends for a festive, old-fashioned Christmas is surely one of them. Deck the table with vases of flowers and sprigs of holly. Then lay out the dinner. The recipes here, which include an aperitif, savory hors d'oeuvres, classic baked ham, and a spectacular fruit trifle, are easy to prepare and effortless to serve. They'll let you sit back and enjoy the day in comfort and joy.