by Emma Ware
What does December mean to you? Has the meaning changed over the years? Do you remember celebrating Christmas with family and friends, baking cookies, wrapping presents, caroling in your neighborhood?
For many, December has become less of a joyful celebration and more a time of stress. Let’s think about how that has happened over time and see what has resulted from the change.
Our days seem to be more rushed and demanding trying to prepare and deliver everything we hope to get done before Christmas. Shopping begins the madness on Black Friday. Then there are the endless parties we are either expected to attend or just can’t say no to.
Often those gatherings present us with dietary choices. We encounter endless deserts and pastries everywhere we go, running on sugar highs. Needless to say, the usual glass of wine or cocktail becomes multiple glasses, only adding to our stress and guilty feelings of having overdone it, again.
But don’t despair; there is a way to enjoy this holiday season without the results of having lost control or overindulging.