Your Ultimate Guide To Surviving The Holiday Season

There are 12 days 'til Christmas, and if you're nowhere near being ready for the holidays, that little news flash probably doesn't make you want to break into song. Eight maids a-milking? How about eight maids a-cleaning up that apartment, wrapping gifts, and mailing cards? Take a deep breath — everything's going to be okay! We know you could use an extra hand (or 20) right now, so we've tapped our own version of magical Christmas elves: Washington's busiest, savviest event planners, who put together a slew of parties every holiday season, and hit up more than a few themselves. They've dished their expert tips on staying healthy, looking good, and juggling you-can't-be-serious schedules. Read on to find out what they keep in their seasonal survival kits, and start stocking your own!