Keep Calm and…

Around the holidays, we all tend to get a little stressed. Sometimes our lives even get out of control.  We tend to lose a little bit of our focus and deter from the path we’re on.  A diversion from the path you’re on can be a good thing, but not always.  For some of us, we get wrapped up into the spirit of gift giving and spend beyond our means.  For others, we get excited about all the food that will be spread out on tables and overeat.  If you’re like me, you might do both.

If you’re like most families in America, your extended family has a lot of children.  We love to see their faces when they open presents and the joy on their face says all is right with the world. If it doesn’t warm your heart, then I don’t know what will.  But if you’re like most Americans, you also overspend during the holidays. We feel like we have to get the newest and best toys or the latest fashions and ultimately go way over our budge. If one exists. Shopping early, shopping online and shopping the sale rack can save you money.  

As for the food, God have mercy!  [Geez, I sound like Elvis.]  During the holidays, food is everywhere for us.  Thanksgiving get togethers can be fun, but can also be overwhelming. Ours is at the home of a chef that cooks for 25+ people.  We have a ginormous turkey, potatoes, green bean casserole and at least five other sides.  Of course there’s rolls too.  Then there’s the pies, breads, cookies and brownies.  The wine is flowing too.  You may say “Oh it’s only one day” and drink and eat until you’re ready to pop.  And you’re right! One treat day may not totally steer us off course, but eating until you’re ready to pop is never good for your digestion.  Christmas is the following month and Thanksgiving Day ends up being a whole month of goodies and overeating.

This holiday season, try to remember everything you’ve accomplished all year or keep where you’re headed in perspective.  Yes, one day is not going to hurt you but during the holiday season, it may steer you off course.  Be conscious of your portions (both in your wallet and on your plate).  And remember to breathe.  If you stay calm, you’ll have a smoother holiday season.  I can promise you that!

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