"So, in the past few years since I've gotten married I realize that I basically have no choice but to act like a grown up and actually have my act together for the holidays"
I've found that revelation to be very inconvenient!
But those are some good ideas.,the vanilla booze I especially like. I used to drink vanilla schnapps, Dr McGillicuddys, but every time I did, I'll be dammed, but the wife would pick a fight with me!!!