Whew. I survived Thanksgiving 2009! I’ll spare you the details of my visit with the in-laws, but let’s just say the incidents from the past week reminded me of three things that can create the perfect unhealthy holiday storm:
- Way too much good food. My husband’s family is full of good, old-school cooks. We’re talking “real” everything, no substitutions and no excuses for not filling your plate. In the next few weeks, I expect to pass lots of cookie trays, party displays and such. And I will try to limit myself or pass up on some of the goodies until someone says those magic words — “Come on, it’s the holidays!”
- Stress. Now, I am one of those people who believe that the holidays are all about love, peace and good will towards men, not overpriced trinkets wrapped in pretty paper. Still, my daughter wants a Zhu Zhu Pet, Christmas decorating is all up to me since my husband’s arm is in a cast, and Christmas dinner is at my house this year. Holiday stress usually leads to unplanned snacking and the need for some adults-only eggnog!
- Hectic, irregular schedules. I just put up the December family calendar and in addition to the usual family busyness, there’s Christmas programs, piano recitals, school parties and a host of other special events. All of that adds up to missing out of some regularly-scheduled “activities,” especially one of my favorites—sleep! You’re supposed to get eight hours to stay healthy (I’m lucky to get six to seven pre-holiday) , but how can you sleep when visions of sugar plums —well, this year Zhu Zhu Pets and how to get some without police protection— are dancing in your head?
Somehow I managed to make it through Thanksgiving, but the Christmas “storm” conditions always seem a bit more treacherous. How do you navigate around these unhealthy holiday conditions?
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