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Mistletoe Margaritas. This festive tequila drink will knock out your whole crew this Christmas. Half Baked Harvest. Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule. Dinner at the Zoo. Christmas Punch. Fresh cranberries, pomegranate juice, and lime slices make this punch recipe oh-so-refreshing. Inspired by Charm. White Christmas Martini. We're dreaming of sipping on this snow-inspired drink all December long. A Spicy Perspective. Champagne Holiday Punch.
A bottle of bubbly makes everything better—especially this super simple punch! The Cookie Rookie. Caramel Apple Hot Toddy. Damn Delicious. Cranberry Apple Sangria. The North Pole Cocktail.
Sugared Cranberry Ginger Mimosas. Whip up this three-ingredient drink for an extra festive Christmas morning. Moscow Reindeer Cocktail. This festive twist on a traditional Moscow mule is packed full of peppermint. Courtesy of Life's Ambrosia. Peppermint Patty Christmas Cocktail. Courtesy of Say Yes. Cranberry Apple Cider Christmas Punch. Hosting a Christmas party? This fruity punch can be made in big batches. Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest. White Christmas Mojito. Courtesy of The Speckled Palate.
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Cranberry Mule. These Christmas Moscow mules taste like sugar, spice, and everything nice! Courtesy of Bakeaholic Mama. Winter Sangria. What's better than sangria? Sangria in a Mason jar, obviously. Take some time to think about all your Christmas expenses and decide exactly how much you will spend. Be sure to include all the parties you want to go to and the cost of gifts, food and decorations. Despite all of the holiday hoopla, stick to your plan no matter what! Get our free budgeting tool, EveryDollar! It can help you stay on track to meet your goals this Christmas.
We all like to be just as festive as the next guy. No one wants to be a Grinch.
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Instead of decorating the entire house, keep it simple by decorating the tree and the mantel. Focus on your main living spaces where your family gathers most often. Take some of the pressure off yourself and ignore the urge to create a winter wonderland inside or outside your home this year. Stay away from the comparison trap, especially at Christmastime. No one wants to feel like their house is a cluttered mess with new gifts piled on top of old ones.
So get rid of the clutter before Christmas gets here. For every new toy that you know the kids will open on Christmas morning, get rid of two. Shop early, shop early, shop early. Since you started saving for Christmas early, you can shop early too.
If you can swing it, do a babysitting swap with a couple you know. Everyone wins! You and your spouse can have a free evening together to go shopping—kid-free! Make the welcome escape a little date night for the two of you too. Grab some peppermint mochas and go Christmas shopping. You both deserve some one-on-one time. Or keep your holiday stress level at bay and do all your Christmas shopping online.
Plus, being able to see the item prices in your cart can help keep you from overspending. Some stuff just has to be done. But if you start feeling the pressure, consider enlisting some friends or family to help you out. Okay, we know this one is tricky to navigate, especially around the holidays, but stick with us here.
We all have family members who push our buttons: Aunt Betsy, in-laws, Granny Gertrude—whoever! Instead of going to the family event and trying to master the fine art of not stepping on egg shells the entire night, how about just avoiding certain topics and removing yourself from the conversation if things go south?
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Believe it or not, it can be done. Scale things back and reduce your stress level with a potluck dinner! Trust us. Have each one of your guests bring their favorite side dish or family recipe to the meal. Then all you have to worry about preparing is the turkey or ham.
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Stressed spelled backward is desserts. Here are a half-dozen bits of good news worth celebrating this Christmas and New Year's Eve:. In , the most recent year for which the FBI has compiled data, At a time of intense political polarization, Congress this year finally passed bipartisan criminal justice reform. The new law, signed last week by President Donald Trump, allows judges to exercise more discretion in sentencing decisions. These laws were the result of the partisan politics of the s, when Republicans and Democrats vied to outdo each other with mandatory sentences. Now they are competing to excel at pragmatism.
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