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how bah, humbug is it when you’re not Team Eggnog?

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Like fruitcake, the drink can be divisive. Pass with a shot of class and you won’t offend. “Give a compliment before you turn it down,” says Tara Bench, author of the cookbook Live Life Deliciousl­y. “You might say, ‘That looks fab, but I hope you don’t mind if I stick with wine tonight.’ A good host doesn’t need an explanatio­n!” Want to be companiona­ble when friends are guzzling nog and you can drink it without feeling like a contestant on Fear Factor? Ask for half a glass, and remember that nobody expects you to finish every last drop. Keep it real, says Bench: “If you say you aren’t drinking, you might be stuck with a nonalcohol­ic beverage all night.”

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