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Christmas Survival Guide

Stay On Track Throughout the Holiday
  -- By SparkPeople
Holidays revolve around food and family, but Christmas actually has its roots in a feast. December 25 officially became the day for Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus around the fifth century, but the Romans held winter festivities and feasts around that time, including the "Yule" holiday, which involved setting large fires. The traditions merged as time passed, bringing us the Yule log and the special importance placed on food.

Christmas is a time of joy and family celebration. Many of our favorite memories come from time spent with Mom baking holiday cookies or making gingerbread houses. Although Christmas represents serious temptation for a dieter, following these tips will help you succeed instead of "starting over" after the New Year.

Holiday Parties
If you don't eat Aunt Ethel's cookies, you feel rude…but you know just looking at them puts a pound on each thigh!
Ah, the annual office party. Politics are everywhere and you know that you have to eat everyone's dessert to ensure the friendship through the next year. <pagebreak>
Lunches 
Around this time of year, everyone invites you to lunch—friends, family, co-workers. From heavy Italian sauces to tacos, you know your diet is going to go downhill before you walk in. Get Moving 
When you’re busy wrapping gifts, last minute shopping, cooking, entertaining—and don't forget about the party hopping—your exercise routine…well, what exercise routine? Try something new with your family and friends this year—get outside and be active. It's fun, it's festive, and it's a great calorie burner.