1. Eat, drink, and be merry! If you’re passing up Grandma’s almond butter cookies or a slice of that Christmas ham just because you’re worried about gaining weight, don’t. People always say they gain ten pounds over the holidays, but the real number of pounds that people ACTUALLY gain: one. (its a real statistic, look it up bookworm!) Watch your alcohol though, especially if you’re driving. Booze + icy roads = big trouble.
2. Can’t find a gift for someone? Try Etsy! Most people dig handmade gifts, plus you’ll feel good supporting a starving artist (like me!) And if you’re thinking about getting your partner a gift card for Christmas, take them out on a mini shopping spree instead. Make a fun date out of it together, dinner at their favorite restaurant included!
3. Going to a Christmas party? Bring Christmas punch! (ginger ale+rainbow sherbet). Yeah, it’s so simple a fourth grader can make it, but you know what? It never disappoints. People always drink it up, no matter what age they are! Looking for a more “adult” holiday drink? Vanilla vodka + Butterscotch Schnapps + your favorite cream soda = Harry Potter Butterbeer for grown-ups! Also, if you like hot chocolate, try dropping some Red Hots candies in your cup. Because Red-Hot Chocolate!
4. Consider taking a Vitamin D supplement during the winter. There is a link between low Vitamin D and depression. It’s hard enough to get outside and exercise during the holiday season, let alone get enough sunlight, and a Vitamin D supplement might make all the difference if you’re fighting off those dreaded holiday blues.
5. If you have never seen Love Actually or Bill Murray’s Scrooged, watch them! They’re great holiday feel-good movies 🙂
And whether you believe in Him or not, may God bless you, and I hope you have a merry Christmas season. Love, Bruce.