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Christmas Survival Guide

Stay On Track Throughout the Holiday


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I find it simple, I don't observe the holiday, no parties, no excess or special food, no candy, no cookies, no tree, no nothing. NO STRESS! Report
Thanks, great tips! Report
Great article. I love burning calories. Shoveling snow is great. I did alot the beginning of the year. I will not be doing too much this year. Report
Remember that we don't all live in the Northern Hemisphere. Christmas comes in summer for half of the world - so perhaps think about examples and ideas for the other half of us, too? Snowshoeing just isn't going to cut it in beach weather! Report
i look over all food and allow myself only one not within my calorie range i eat very slowly and savor every bite after all it is christmas and that is only time this dessert is made Report
Another tip: If you are eating out with someone else, split an entree, an appetizer, and/or a dessert.

By the way, it wasn't just the Romans who celebrated winter festivals. There were solstice celebrations all over Europe, the near East, and Northern Africa (at least) thousands of years before the historical Jesus was ever born. December 25 was the tradtional birthday of Mithros, a Roman sun god. When Emporer Constantine decided, in the early 4th centery BCE, that Christianity would become the official religion of the Roman empire, the empire took over MANY pagan feast days, as well as many of the traditional ways to celebrate them as they were forcing their subjugated societies to become Christian. After all, it's easier to let people celebrate on the dates and in the ways they've always celebrated, and just change the names, than it is to get people to give up or significantly change their festivals. Also, Yule is not Roman. Yuletide, and the Yule Log, as well as other Yule traditions, originated with the historic Germanic peoples, who spread throughout much of Europe. The Francs, who ended up in France, as well as the Angles and Saxons, who ended up in England, were all Germanic tribes originally. Report
These guidelines are easy to follow and hard to forget. (I hope) Thanks for the good ideas Report
Great tips. I shared this one on my Facebook it was so good. Report
Boy oh boy do I wish there was snow in Oakland right now. Report
Boy oh boy do I wish there was snow in Oakland right now. Report
Boy oh boy do I wish there was snow in Oakland right now. Report
Another solution is to say "I'm in training" when resisting food. It feels like people around me (especially my guy friends) seem to take that better than saying I'm on a diet. And although I'm technically training for race season for cycling, you could be "in training" for anything! They don't have to know! Report
I am a very picky eater and always say no to food because i don't eat the 'traditional' meals. But when I can't just get away with that, faking an "allergy" is the best option (i know a bit cruel, but i manage to get out "safe").
And yes, winter sports are awesome even if you just play with your significant other or kids in the snow :) Report
I thought the tip of getting a box before your meal starts was a good idea! Puts the food out of sight and out of mind! Report
If you mentally PRACTICE saying no thank you and passing up foods that you've chosen ahead of time not to indulge on, it makes the actual party easier - you're just re-enacting the scene you've played in your head many times already. Report

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