We all love our families … right? As everyone knows, though, a tiny sip of a cocktail here and there makes loving them a little bit easier, especially during the holidays. They’re a stressful time by nature as party plans, room accommodations, meal choices, last minute shopping and wrapping and parking for Cousin Eddie have to be figured out among other things. If you’re not hosting a party, consider yourself lucky. You still have to put up with the grinches in your family, though, and everyone has one. If you don’t know who that person is, it’s probably you.
Just like high school reunions, the holidays weren’t meant to be enjoyed without a drink in hand. They take the edge off your nerves, make you a little chattier and friendlier and if anything, you can always blame your inappropriate behavior on them.
“I’m really sorry I said that about your mother. And your girlfriend … yeah, I kind of tripped and my hand bumped into her butt. I didn’t really mean to grab it. I was just trying to brace myself and keep from falling. Someone spiked the eggnog and didn’t tell me and I don’t drink. Ever.”
That’s why we can all be thankful for the good folks over at the Food network as they understand our pain and have empathy for what each of us has to deal with in our own way. To that end, they have created a list of 108 recipes for drinks and cocktails to help you get through the holidays. For those of us easily impressed by pretty pictures and videos, they also include 45 photos and 21 videos. They’re basically saying “Hey, we understand the holidays can be stressful. Here are 108 coping mechanisms. Knock yourself out!” Including drinks with such names as Christmas in a Glass, Layered Christmas Shooter, Silent Night and Glacier Cocktail, they sure know how to get us in the mood and after a few of these, you may be feeling quite festive. Note – not all of these contain alcohol so consider yourself warned. “What the heck is going on? I’ve had 17 of these and I still can’t cope with Aunt Edna!”
So remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel – the relatives will go home, the house will be cleaned up and put back in place eventually and Cousin Eddie will find somewhere else to park his RV. Until then, enjoy the holidays, act festive (not frisky) with your guests and be thankful that you have a house full of love a belly full of cocktails.