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Don't eat like Santa this season.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Santa has only been a jolly fat man for the last 150 years or so and is entirely an American way of thinking about him, brought upon us by the classic poem "The Night Before Christmas" and put into the red suit later by Coca Cola.

In most places in the world that celebrate Santa and his alternate personas, he's a skinny man. I personally love the St. Nicholas type of character that is an average looking man in fur lined cloaks. Nicholas was originally just a rich man that loved to see children smile, so he'd secretly give the children toys. Today he's still the spirit of giving, or at least in my mind he is, I still believe in Santa.

Back to the fat jolly man. He eats cookies all in one night. Just imagine the amount of calories in that one night binge. No wonder he's so fat.

We don't have to do that during this season. I know there are many other winter holidays going on also, but none so commercialized, so Christmas is the one that stresses out the most people, and has us baking sweets for the family get togethers. That is a bad combination for most people. We're stressed, so we'll eat, but we're baking all those sweets, so we're going to eat a few while we're baking, and a few more before we bring them to the even, then some more at the event. By the time we're done, we've eaten half the cookies. Pretty soon, we look like Santa, we're not just celebrating the spirit.

Remember that you don't have to give more than is possible and that the spirit of giving needs to start with you. If you can't give to yourself the ability to stay healthy, you won't enjoy the holiday as much when you're despising the people you feel you need to give all sorts of expensive presents to. Stay within your budget and only do what you can so you don't feel bad about what you did next month. Do what makes you healthy and don't forget to take time out to do for yourself. Don't forget to keep up your healthy choices you've been making all year long. Keep up those healthy exercises to decompress from the stresses you are bringing upon yourself with all the gift giving and "perfection" you're trying to create. Just enjoy the people you're with and don't attempt to look perfect, because no one is perfect.

Do the best that you can and be joyful. Christmas is about family, not presents.

And for that one man- 1000's of places to go. He's just the head guy. His elves do all the work. Let other people help you with the work too.
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  • MISSG180
    Last Christmas I helped make all the goodies, and I partook in everything. I also lost 2 pounds because I partook in LITTLE servings, paid attention and enjoyed them, and didn't overeat. It can be done!
    1962 days ago
    Good advice. emoticon
    1962 days ago
    A cousin of mine who is a minister posted a picture on FB of St. Nick - I think it might have been an orthodox icon, but it was old and pretty. He was thin and covered in fur.

    Of course, the funny part was the caption. "I came here to give kids presents and to punch heretics. And I'm all out of presents."

    I don't know why that is so funny, but my Christian and non-Christian friends alike thought it was hysterical! (And, in a stunning fashion, I think all of us went online and looked up more info about St. Nick (even if only to wikipedia) so we all learned something too!)
    1962 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I liked the part where you said Santa ate all those cookies, no wonder he is so fat!
    Americanized Santa fat, traditional one thin.

    We don't give presents in our family so there is little stress this time of year. What I miss are good sermons, none to be found in December. So I have to go online for those. The churches preach about Nativity stuff all month and it rarely varies.

    We know Jesus was not born on the 25th of December but they like to party as much as the pagans did so made up a holiday. No wonder it has gone badly and commercial... it is man made.
    1962 days ago
    You are so right. I'm thankful my kids are a bit old to be putting cookies out for Santa and for the last couple of years he would have been eating Gluten Free Cookies. I too have noticed that Santa in other cultures seems to be slender.

    I'm planning on having a pretty simple meal and dh may not be here. I think this will be a 1st. Hope you have a wonderful healthy holiday. emoticon
    1962 days ago
    That was a great post! You're absolutely right. And I love the point about letting other people help you. It's a good way to look at things.

    Thanks for the great thoughts!

    1962 days ago
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