One thing about holiday cooking that is unavoidable is stress. No matter how much you prepare, you're still going to end up running around your kitchen in sheer panic trying to get all the food on the table at the same time. So what's a cook to do? DRINK!! :)
Seriously... make yourself a tall one of these!
1 gallon of apple juice
1/2 gallon of apple cider
6 cinnamon sticks
1 liter of Everclear or other 190 proof grain alcohol
Prepare drink a day or two in advance. Combine the apple juice, cider and cinnamon sticks in a large sauce pan, or two if necessary, over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then turn off and let cool. Once cool, stir in alcohol. For easiest storing, mix the drink well then pour drink back into the apple juice and/or cider containers and store in the fridge. Serve hot or cold.