Holiday entertaining to-do list

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By: Waiting on Martha



With plans of baking sugar cookies and sipping on a festive holiday cocktail, you're probably coasting right through the week and counting down until santa comes. But with those holiday break prerequisites also comes a few things on the christmas to do list you may have forgotten...like stocking the fridge and prepping the guest room for out-of-towners who will be arriving in only a few hours. Maybe you'll even need a reminder to be patient with loved ones and squeeze a sweat sesh in, too. From the entire WOM team, we hope you have a wonderful christmastime!

1. GET READY FOR HOUSEGUESTS
Prep the home for houseguests by making an easy welcome tray and refreshing the linens, towels and decor.

2. STOCK THE FRIDGE
Plan for a full house (and dietary restrictions and a few picky eaters). Make a grocery run to stock the fridge a few days before guests arrive and holiday baking/cooking commences.

3. BAKE THE CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Pull out the family recipes and bake a few batches of everyone's favorite Christmas cookies to enjoy.

4. DELIVER LAST-MINUTE GIFTS
Deliver gifts to those who help you get by, day after day...the postman, your drycleaners, the next-door-neighbors, etc. Think sweet treats (and homemade always works!) Or small gifts as tokens of your appreciation.

5. MIX UP A FESTIVE COCKTAIL
Mix up a festive sip like our chocolate peppermint bark martini to get in the holiday spirit.

6. GLAM IT UP FOR GOING OUT
Going out? Hit the town with a chic holiday party outfit, and go classic with a Christmas-red lip and mani.

7. AND GET COZY FOR STAYING IN
Staying in? Cozy up by the fire with the best holiday hot chocolate and stream a marathon of all of the best Christmas movies.

8. TRY THE FIGGY PUDDING
Enjoy some of Christmas' traditional flavors, like warm, gooey figgy pudding and a glass of eggnog.

9. INDULGE IN CHRISTMAS MORNING BRUNCH
Bask in the joys of Christmas morning with a big brunch and mid-day nap. May we suggest serving gingerbread pancakes this year?

10. SWEAT (AT LEAST ONCE)
A great piece about holiday weight creep on goop with Tracy Anderson put it perfectly: "...it's okay to dive into feeding the emotional self during these times, too. When you don't participate in these moments for fear of slipping up, that can actually cause stress—and that isn't good for us either.

So, have your cake and eat it too, by making sure those quality workouts are not compromised during the holidays...showing up for your health is exactly what a self-loving person should do and any loving family member or friend will understand and want that for you, too."

11. BE PATIENT
This can be a crazy, hectic time for everybody. Be gentle with yourself and others. Try to take a few moments to breathe, reminding yourself to stay patient with family and friends.

P.S. for any last-minute holiday inspo, be sure to check out our 40-page clickable holiday guide! Xo​

See more from Waiting on Martha:
Peppermint stuffed chocolate ship cookies
Chocolate peppermint kiss cupcakes
Dark chocolate ganache cookie cake
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