Christmas Traditions

- POSTED ON: Dec 23, 2011


When I was a child, Christmas morning was the big time of celebration.
Getting up and gathering around the tree and exchanging gifts.
Then on Christmas afternoon came the big Christmas dinner.

My current husband's family had their big Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve.
First they had a big Christmas eve dinner,
after dinner the family gathered around the tree and exchanged gifts.

When the two of us became a family, each of us brought our own ideas
about the timing of the big meal and the exchange of gifts.
Our compromise turned out to be opening the gifts on Christmas eve,
and a big dinner around 1 p.m. on Christmas Day.

So for us, Christmas begins the morning of Christmas Eve,
and ends at bedtime Christmas Day.
Two days of extended eating….snacking all day Christmas eve
….and snacking and overeating all day on Christmas.
Because to me….FOOD….is celebration.

There are many esoteric arguments about WHY this shouldn't be the case,
and HOW this needn't be the case,
but on this point, raw instinct prevails,
and in FACT, it IS the case.

So….it is up to me to deal with it.


Today is December 23.
Tomorrow is December 24.
The day after is December 25.

So… goes.

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On Dec 24, 2011 kimberchick wrote:
My Christmas Wish For You: you wake up December 26th and find that you've only gained 1/2 lb !!! Enjoy your 2 day celebration <3 We know you are strong and will wrestle the resultant wgt gain back down quickly & effectively after the holidays :-) Merry Christmas!!

On Dec 24, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi Kimber, that is a lovely Christmas wish. I'm doing my best to resist overeating this long holiday weekend...and holiday vacation period. You are correct in that I will certainly do my utmost to lose any holiday weight gain. Merry Christmas to you too. <3

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