So, after hearing the comment that a rum and apple cider can't be as bad as rum & I cola, I thought the following was rather fitting regarding holiday comsumption.
#1: Eat a sensible meal before the party.You should always arrive at parties with a full stomach, you'll make better choices. It's the same principle as avoiding grocery shopping on an empty stomach.
#2: Bring a healthy dish to share.
#3: Do you want to drink or eat your calories? Rum & apple cider & rum & cola=sugar, sugar, sugar (lots of it). Do you realize how quickly calories add up when you're slurping them out of a cup? Alcoholic beverages and sweet holiday drinks are simply packed with calories. These calories don't take up much room in your stomach so you're left wide open for even more calories. Your best strategy is to avoid these beverages altogether, and stick with water. Aim to drink 2-3 glasses of water at the party.
#4: Fill your plate, but only once. No going back for seconds. Since you've already eaten a sensible meal before arriving, this rule is going to be easier to keep than you think.
#5: Taste dessert, just a taste. (I'm a believer that desserts should be available in tablespoon size)!