So in terms of surviving and thriving the primary get together of the season, remember previous tips from Thanksgiving about the food? Those can apply to any big family or holiday meal, a quick recap:
Eat throughout the day, don’t arrive starving.
Survey the table for your favourites and have reasonable portions of those.
Fill up on your favourite veggies first.
Don’t eat stuff “just ‘cuz it’s there, or even ‘cuz it’s healthy, you’re getting plenty of nutrients at this meal and your body won’t “miss out” on superfluous calories you didn’t enjoy.
Don’t obsess. It’s the holidays, life isn’t perfect, do your best not to ruin all your efforts (best and obsess are different!) AND enjoy!
A couple of more tips:
Think ahead: Every year people generally serve the same, or very similar food, so after how many years on this planet you can likely anticipate what will be on the table and how well it’s prepared to yourliking. Think ahead to what you’re looking forward to, that’s what you should focus your calories on as you seemingly missed it, those are the things you want to make a point of enjoying!
Hydrate: you’ll eat way more if you’re dehydrated, and, more importantly, being dehydrated isn’t good for you, and you’re likely also imbibing in alcoholic beverages. Drinking water will keep you from having a headache and a guilty step on the scale tomorrow.
Eat until you’re satisfied and loving your meal: choose not to feel gross and guilty, and maybe even sick. Yes, it’s tasty, so slow down and enjoy it, there will probably also be leftovers and there will definitely be a better appreciation of the meal if you don’t feel more stuffed than the turkey!
And thriving with abundant family time: it sounds so easy, and looks so good in holiday ads, but really we all know family get-togethers can have tension or over-imbibers or drama that just doesn’t go as smoothly as we all hope, or sometimes the activities being partaken in are just not your cup of tea. Try some of these approaches to take it from humdrum to fun:
1. Choose your ‘tude: you know who they are and what to expect of any given person. You can’t control them, you can only control how you approach the event/person/situations. Ahead of time choose a positive frame of mind for the event, and there’s any expected thing you know challenges you? You can choose an attitude of “shake it off”.
2. Suggest activity over TV or movies, you might start a new tradition of going for a big family walk after the meal, or a skate (very suited to hockey families), or even a Christmas dance off or limbo contest. Be imaginative, and sell the kids on it first (they’re solid sales people, read persistent, when they want to do something!)
3. Either you didn’t pick them, but you love them (your family), or you loved one of them and willingly took their whole family as part of the package (partner’s family). No family is perfect, in fact (actual fact!) about 80% are dysfunctional, yup it’s the norm, but it’s the devil you know and love, so own your family’s brand of holiday celebration and live up their wackiness to the fullest. Make the best of the holiday chaos, knowing it’s how they all deal with a busy time of year and do their best to show up and share of their time and love.
Round 2: fight… for the cheap stuff. Holiday survival guide the boxing day edition
You just spent a ton of money on stuff and you probably just got a lot of stuff. Consider not buying more stuff just because it’s cheap. People get trampled in “rock bottom” prices and fight, like for real fight over a deal, this doesn’t seem worth it. So here’s my advice:
Stay home. You have enough stuff, you don’t need more. Human needs are actually these: water, shelter/elemental protection, food, fire/energy. Note the lack of iphone 6 in that list. Note how you actually have way more than even what you need, be grateful for your abundance and keep from being trampled.
Your computer died 3 weeks ago and you’ve actually been waiting for Boxing Day sales. Stay away from Day 1 chaos if you can, and wait until about Day 3 when it gets less hectic, go first thing when the store opens. You may have to deal with ridiculous volumes of people but trampling risk, and getting punched in the face because you innocently picked up the last wireless keyboard to go with your new computer are not going to happen.
Better yet, find it the deal online and revert to point number one about staying home!
So for today: Happy Chanukah (not just for night 5, but for all 8 days)! And to longer days ahead on this fine Winter Solstice!
And for the coming week: A Very Merry Christmas & Bountiful Kwanza.
Season’s Greetings to all whether you have an official holiday at this time of year or not, enjoy paid days off, or really well paid days on, and get ready for some New Year Renewal!
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