Last year I was in the midst of a “healthy holidays” series and I came to an important realization.

The holidays are meant to be enjoyed, without stressing out about how many calories are in that cup of egg nog and worrying about being perfectly healthy the whole time. I’m going to eat cheese and drink wine with abandon! ;)

Here is what you should do in the next week!

Always fill a stocking. (Your own counts!)

Eat cookies. (keyword: homemade)

Do something active with your family. (I’m hoping for a hike in 80 degree weather before flying to Minnesota later that day!)

Enjoy a large, family meal that focuses as much on the laughter and the company as it does the food.

Kiss under mistletoe.


Start a tradition.

Listen to all the holiday music you can.

Donate something. Time, money, etc. (Donate to Medical Missions in Haiti here)

Wear some fun holiday makeup!

Take a day off from the computer/twitter/facebook/etc. (We can all use it.)


Be Thankful for what you have.

Think of those who aren’t as lucky.

Enjoy the holiday season! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or whatever you are celebrating!


16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ for the health of it
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    Emily, I couldn’t agree more! The holidays are supposed to be lived…not survived with the fewest calories we can get away with eating. I don’t want to be 70 telling my grandkids about that time I didn’t gain any weight over Christmas because I ate nothing but spinach salad…I want to be telling them hysterical stories about too much egg nog and 2 pm taco runs and staying up all night toasting with my mom!


    • Faith @ for the health of it
      Dec 21, 2011 @ 8:09 am

      Or, ya know, 2 am. My bad, lol


      • Emily
        Dec 21, 2011 @ 10:37 am

        You never know, depending on how early you start! ;)
        I agree, I never thought about it that way!
        Happy Holidays!


  2. Anna Johnson
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    GREAT tips and post Emily! :) Can’t wait to see you!


  3. Carolyn
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    The weather here in MN is supposed to be pretty warm (for MN in December, that is!) this weekend, so it won’t be SO bad!

    Have a safe trip!


  4. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Amen. I’ve been trying to get my family to do something active together. Or at LEAST play a board game or something. :)


  5. Lindsay @ biking before b ed
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    What a refreshing post after all of the other healthy posts popping up. I love that you included giving to those less fortunate and not obsessing over calories.


  6. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    thanks for this post, Emily! I could not agree with you more and plan to do all that you mention above (aside from the hike in 80 degree weather…unfortunately it’s rainy and 50 degrees in NYC/NJ). Have a wonderful Christmas!!


  7. Beth
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    LOVE!! one nice thing about the weather in MN & WI is you can still get out and walk (although I would prefer to ski and snowshoes). Really like the tip on homemade cookies, they are definetly worth the calories, they are made from scratch with love, the calories don’t count as much!!

    Have a wonderful first holiday as a married couple.


  8. mary beth
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    love the mistletoe idea! see you soon!


  9. sarah @ sarah learns
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    happy holidays to you! :)

    we’re definitely starting traditions this year – it’s so monumental to have this first christmas as a married couple! i’m loving it.


  10. Carol
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    Lovely post! I feel a little better about that yummy piece of fudge (homemade) I had for dinner. :)


  11. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    I love your balanced perspective Emily. Such a healthy lifestyle but still so realistic! Thanks for setting a great example! :)


  12. Gluten Free
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 2:06 am

    Great Job Emily! What I like most is the way you threaded up useful tips in presentable way. Keep up sharing.


  13. Mercedes
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    I love stocking stuffers they are my favorite! And I have certainly been eating my fair share of Christmas cookies! One thing that I am very thankful for is sound mental health. I am with my mom helping my mentally ill uncle right now and it is just such a dehabilitating tragic illness. We should all be thankful that we can care for ourselves and have meaningful social interactions and relationships.


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