Thursday, December 23, 2010
Christmas is a time when friends and family get together to catch up with each, renew old friendships, shoot the breeze and just enjoy being with each other. Many of those you have not seen all year or have missed visiting with them for a whole variety of reasons.
Treasure the time that you have to be with the people in your life that matter the most. Look around the room and count your blessings that you have such warm and loving family and friends even that batty Aunty Emily who can always seem to find just the wrong thing to say after her 3rd glass of bubbly!
Its incredibly hard not to get sucked into the focus that food has at this time of year but its so important to remember that Christmas (or Hanukkah or whatever similar celebration you enjoy) is about the people around you, not that really amazing looking pie that reminds you to wipe the drool from your chin:).
Talk to people, find out what they have been doing, focus on their year, their accomplishments, their favorite toy or wild adventure they are planning. Yes - even Aunt Emily's crazy scheme to turn her rare beer can collection into a modern work of art and have it displayed at the Guggenheim. Rock on Aunty Emily now SHE has got a goal!
Make it a priority to connect with the people that matter most to you.... and the food, the treats, the 2nd or 3rd helping will not seem so important.
Make sure you also fill up on good things before you leave home or your guests arrive low GI, high fibre foods work best so that when the REALLY good stuff (come on you know its true this is the stuff that tastes AWESOME and we all LOVE it!)comes your way and someone says Try some you will do exactly that. TRY some instead of secretly vacuuming up the whole tray .(Note to self remember this one).
Personally I am looking forward to cheese mmmm its been almost 3 weeks without a skerrick of cheese. When the cheese tray arrives I am going to take each small bite and relish every atom of cheesy goodness of those 2 or 3 chunks. Yuummmm!
As one of my Sparkfriends says be good to yourself your head, your heart and your body.
Enjoy a wonderful, warm and loving time tomorrow. You deserve it.
Merry Christmas all:)