holiday health: enjoying the holidays

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?

an early christmas

Growing up, we never were home for Christmas. We spent it in Milwaukee or Minnesota and often had our own little family celebration a week or two before the real Christmas. Even though it wasn’t on the actual day, I loved our tradition of having our own little Christmas, every single year. We always read The Polar Express, ate an amazing breakfast and had cookies with fresh orange and grapefruit segments for dessert before opening presents. Or we would have an amazing dinner and open presents by the lights of the tree.

This is also a tradition that the Taster and I have started. So this past weekend we celebrated Christmas a little early. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ll be married in less than 9 months (eek!) or if I’m just growing up, but I’ve been really wanting to decorate and get into the spirit more this year. The decorations are a little sparse this year, but I can assure you that next year, I’ll have a house (or apt) that looks like it belongs to Martha…or something like that.  My favorite is a nativity scene I picked up in Haiti. It reminds of my trips to Haiti every time I see it.

We also pretend we have a tree and put the presents under our Palm. It works. :)

It wouldn’t be a Christmas celebration without a good meal – for our little celebration we went the non-traditional route with an Asian-Southern fusion dinner. Delicious. I’ve heard my Mom is making scallop chowder and beef tenderloin this year…am I home yet?

Don’t forget Santa! Did you hear he’s a vegan now? He loved Mama Peas Snickerdoodle Dough Balls, but not as much as me so I only gave up a few! ;)

But the best part about Christmas is spending a relaxing morning or evening with the ones you love, and it never matters where that happens. (Taster and I with our ugly sweaters and cheesy engagement pose – hehe)