10 Holiday Drinks and Snacks to Fuel Your Christmas Decorating

Decorating the tree can be a dreadful experience. With so many arms and so little tree, you need something to distract yourself from the lack of patience you may be feeling, and Wide Open Eats knows just the way. One of the most common causes of defeat is hanger (when you’re both hungry and angry), so this list of holiday drinks and snacks should help you overcome that.

The key to surviving any holiday feat is by good drinks and delicious snacks, and we’ve got just the right ones for you this holiday season.

Drinks

Homemade Egg Nog

Home Cooking
Home Cooking

This Christmas staple doesn’t have to be saved for Christmas Day to be fully utilized in every way, shape or form. Just be sure not to snack on too many appetizers, or you’ll be feelin’ more full than you’d like!

Make your own (with or without liquor) eggnog with this recipe from Home Cooking.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cocktail

Mantitlement
Mantitlement

If you’ve never experienced the glorious blend of Fireball and RumChata in the winter time, here’s your chance. Bring both bottles over to your family’s Christmas tree decorating shenanigans, and be prepared to leave empty handed.

Get the recipe here.

Warm Apple Cider

McCormick
McCormick

Nothing says Christmas like a mug of hot (and fresh) apple cider. Make it over the stove or in a slow cooker; either way won’t disappoint. Plus, what’s a house during the holidays if it doesn’t smell like warm apple and cinnamon?

Get the crock pot recipe here.

Hot Toddy

Blue Apron
Blue Apron

What is cold weather good for if not another reason to spike a drink, let alone one made with tea?

Not only will the bourbon in this drink keep you warm, the honey will soothe any sore throat you may be experiencing due to the frigid temperatures.

Get the recipe here.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Gimme Some Oven
Gimme Some Oven

Who doesn’t remember the hot chocolate given to visitors when they reach the North Pole in The Santa Claus? It was then that my obsession with hot chocolate began, and though this isn’t that recipe, how could you decorate a tree without this?

Get the recipe here.

Appetizers

Cranberry Dip

Life With The Crust Off
Life With The Crust Off

This isn’t your ordinary cranberry dip, because you have no ordinary tree to decorate! The blend of sweet and spicy with a hint of decadence in the cream cheese is enough to make it through from beginning to end.

Get the recipe here.

Pumpkin Fluff Dip

All Recipes
All Recipes

This appetizer calls for your inner pumpkin-lover, and is extremely versatile. Mix it with cinnamon graham crackers, veggies, or the season’s classic — a gingerbread man!

Get the recipe here.

Tamales

A Sage Amalgam
A Sage Amalgam

This may be a Southwestern thing, but Christmas simply does not exist without the addition of tamales on the table — whatever table that may be. It’s a way to bring people together, and enjoy something homemade, delicious and full of history.

Get the recipe here.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

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Averie Cooks

Ooh, these bad boys are some kind of wonder. Who can say if it’s the cheese, ham, poppy seeds or that lusciously sweet Hawaiian bread that makes these sliders that of one’s dreams.

All we know is we’re happy they exist, and we’re even more thrilled to nom the heck out of them. Get the recipe here.

Christmas Cookies

Just a Taste
Just a Taste

What fun is decorating a Christmas tree if you don’t have the spirit of the season to eat? Make a day of it and start the afternoon with creating the dough, baking and decorating.

Follow it up by kicking off the opening tree-decorating ceremonies by dunking one of these sweet sugar cookies into that creamy Pumpkin Dip, or even your hot chocolate, and let the festivities commence.

Get the recipe here.

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