Episode 18: The Holiday Special

Stuffed gnomes in some kind of winter scene
Is this a lame holiday photo? Yes. But if you can find a free holiday stock image that’s also funny, please, be our guest.

“It’s the mooooossssssst wonderful time of the …” 

You know what, Andy Williams? Shut it.

Fiiiiine. That’s a little harsh. Bah humbug. 

But you gotta admit, even if you love the holidays, they can get a little … tense. And in a year when there’s been a global pandemic and whole lotta political shenanigans, time spent with your family — even if it’s just a Zoom group chat — could get awkward.

But even in the best of years, the holidays are a recipe for stress and frustration, and your physical, mental, and emotional health can take a hit.

The thing is, in all likelihood, we know what we should do when it comes to the holidays. We should practice mindfulness, we should focus less on the perfect gift and more enjoying time with our loved ones, we should get rest, we should stay hydrated, we should limit our holiday indulgences, we should go easy on the booze.

The reason we probably know all this is because it’s basically the same advice that health experts give for just, you know, living our lives the other 10-ish months of the year. 

So, our gift to you this season is to not pile on with another holiday to-do list. Maybe just give yourself a little more grace than you usually word — and do the same for others.

The reason we probably know all this is because it’s basically the same advice that health experts give for just, you know, living our lives the other 10-ish months of the year. 

Oh, and here are two other gifts for you: Holiday cocktails. 

Yes, we know we said go easy on the booze. We’re not encouraging you to chug 37 of these after Uncle Ted goes on another racist tirade. But sometimes, a little cup of holiday cheer can make the holidays at least seem merry and bright.

Dashing Through the … Whoa

  • 4-6 ounces honey crisp apple cider
  • 1½ ounces good quality bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 3 dashes black walnut bitters

If drinking warm, combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug and nuke until hot but not boiling. If serving cold, combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake until combined. Pour cocktail over fresh ice, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Keto Cocktail: The Dirty Snow Martini

Add all of the ingredients except olives in a mixing glass. Stir until very chilled, usually 60-90 seconds. Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass. Add olives on a skewer or drop them into the bottom if a skewer is just too much effort.

What’s your go-to survival tip for the holidays? Gift us with your knowledge in the comments!

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