This post is part of the Healthbuzz December series, Holiday Health, by Foodbuzz.

So far most of my Holiday Health articles have been about what to do if you Ate too Much, Simplifying for Stress Free Holidays, the Pre-Holiday Party Lunch, how to order Holiday Coffee Drinks and so on. I was originally going to write a post called Eating Healthy at Holiday Parties, but then I realized how hypocritical that would be. I’m not going to eat perfectly on Christmas.  I’m going to enjoy myself, and not worry about how many calories are in eggnog or if I eat a ridiculous amount of cheese.

So today I want to talk about what you should do.

You should always eat home made cookies. And really enjoy them. Without feeling guilty or bad about too many grams of sugars or carbs.

You should fill someones stocking.

You should take a day off from the computer – can’t we all use one day without it?

You should enjoy an indulgent and special meal with family. (Soprano style)

You should listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies.

You should try using heavy whipping cream in your coffee. At least once. (Cannoli cream is also amazing in coffee frothed with a little milk)

You should kiss under mistletoe.

You should skip your workout unless it is a family walk, snowshoeing or skiing.

You should spend some time by a tree that is decorated. (Palm trees with presents don’t count!)

You should be sure that you’ve had one cocktail by 3pm (or earlier, I won’t judge.)

You should be thankful for all you have.

You should think about those who are not as lucky.

And most of all, you should enjoy yourself. It’s what the Holidays are all about.

Merry Christmas!

What what you add to the should do Christmas list?

19 Comments (Reply )

  1. Jen @ She said. She said.
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    Love this! if I read one more article title about how to be “good” during the holidays, I’m going to hurl.

    Thanks for the great reminders.


    • Emily
      Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:27 am

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed!


  2. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    This post made me smile!

    You should hug your grandparents, because you are so blessed to still have them in your life.

    You should bake Christmas cookies for Santa with your little brother who still believes! :)

    Merry Christmas!


    • Emily
      Dec 22, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

      Lauren, this is making me a little teary-eyed. So sweet!


  3. Amy at TheSceneFromMe
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    You should enjoy a glass of eggnog without guilt!!!!!!!!!

    I love that stuff.

    Merry Christmas :)


  4. erin
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    This is fabulous, Emily! Workout being replaced with grandma’s and mom’s cookies (for one day anyway) :) Thanks for the reminders!

    Merry Christmas!


  5. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    Don’t forget about sleeping in! (Especially if you went to late church on Christmas Eve!)


  6. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    This is exactly what I posted about today… what’s *really* important in life when it comes down to it.

    You should tell the people you love that you love them!!


  7. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

    Such a cute list, I love it :)

    I didn’t know your engagement was so recent–congratulations!! And you are the devil woman, I really don’t need to know how easy it is to make cannoli cream. I heart cannolis yet my hips and thighs? Not sure much.

    I will definitely be having a 3P drink over Christmas weekend, it’s necessary with my family!


  8. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 2:35 am

    I love this list, Emily! We’re always being told what NOT to do this time of year, and often lose sight of the abundance of special things–things that we only get to eat and experience once a year. We should ENJOY them!

    I’ve been thoroughly enjoying cookies the past few weeks…It’s the first time in YEARS that I haven’t felt guilty! :-)


  9. kate
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 7:08 am

    GREAT LIST! life it for living and enjoying :) have a wonderful holiday!


  10. Lori@fakefoodfree
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    This list is awesome! I love it. The holidays seem to stress people out so much and I find it sad. Take some time to enjoy it and each thing on your list helps us to do just that! Now, I need to decide when I’ll have my first cocktail. Maybe I’ll eat a cookie with it and knock two out at once. ;)


  11. EA-The Spicy RD
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    Great post! I like everything on your “Should” list. My kids and I will be baking homemade cookies today to share with our family and friends on Christmas Day. Happy Holidays!


  12. Kristy
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

    What a wonderful post! Hope you have a magical Christmas! :)


  13. Dana
    Dec 25, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    so sweet. And very rarely you can find kind people nowadays. It is really nice what you are doing. All the best and Merry Christmas!


  14. Florence Rogers
    Dec 29, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    GREAT LIST! life it for living and enjoying :) have a wonderful holiday!


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