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“Chankiri tree” (The Killing Tree), in Choeung Ek Killing Fields, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Tane Mahuta “Lord of the Forest” is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree, and estimated to be around 2,000 years old.

Tane Mahuta “Lord of the Forest” is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree, and estimated to be around 2,000 years old.

Setting up the bar on an outdoor porch keeps the cocktails cool. (In smaller homes, this prevents a bottleneck around an indoor bar.) Guests customize Bloody Marys with ground black pepper and skewers with caper berries, okra, pickled onions, and lemon.  Get the Mulled Blood-Orange Punch Recipe   Get the Bloody Mary Mix Recipe

A little hair of the dog won’t go amiss on New Year’s Day. Keep a pitcher or two of Bloody Mary mix at the ready and let guests stir up their own on an as-needed basis.

Martha says, "This is just multiple colors of oranges and grapefruits on thinly sliced pomelos -- I'd never done that before, but it just occurred to me how pretty that would look as a base, and I had to try it."

Citrus Salad with Pomegranate Seeds - The fruit can be segmented one day ahead and stored in its juices in the refrigerator. The salad can be loosely covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to eight hours.

"I know fresh seafood is a splurge," says Martha, "but people always remember how many oysters they ate. I serve fresh oysters from Norwalk, Connecticut, but you could also do crab claws in the West, or shrimp."

Martha's Christmas brunch buffet includes plan-ahead recipes, specialty foods, and plenty of fresh, seasonal citrus fruits.