Grinch Be Gone!

Posted on December 14th, 2011, by iMinerva


The Grinch has certainly figured out how to steal my Christmas spirit. 

Isn’t it enough that I’m stressed by the shopping, the wrapping, the decorating, the holiday parties, the cleaning and cooking and baking – plus the year-end craziness at work and the driving effort to finish the cottage remodel so we can celebrate Christmas in Michigan? 

Apparently that’s just the beginning.  My email account – on a very frequent daily basis – is shouting out “Don’t eat too much during the holidays!”  “Don’t drink during the holidays!” “Be sure to exercise during the holidays!”  “Get your sleep!”  “Don’t yell at your family!”  “Don’t kick the dog!”

So where’s the joy?  How am I supposed to cope?

Before noon today, I had the following holiday greetings:

Banish Bra Fat!   This actually seemed like a helpful & hopeful idea.  It turned out to be a sales pitch for a “Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga” video.  Get serious!

South Beach Diet urged me to start my slim down for the New Year NOW! Like I have time or interest in my slim down at the moment. I’d rather have a Manhattan or Martini – or both.

Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology promised me “Comfort & Joy for the holidays.”  Really?

And some online health magazine offered up tips to survive the season – including slow it down, keep a routine, and create a tranquil space. In other words, pack your bags and head for the beach – leave no forwarding address and lose the cell phone.

I’m sorry Mr. Grinch. I’m heading off to the office Christmas party where I plan to eat and drink my share plus yours, stay up late and get rowdy singing Jingle Bells and Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer. In another 10 days Christmas Eve will come and go leaving warm cozy memories of all the fun I shared with family and friends. The shopping will be done – except for the credit card, the gifts will be mailed, the tree will be up, and the cookies will be enjoyed as I sit by the fireplace with a glass of glogg in hand and friends by the hearth.

No matter how crazy the stress – it happens every year – in a couple more weeks we’ll be looking at a New Year and a dozen more nasty emails nagging us all to shape up for 2012.
Happy Holidays to all, and to all a Great Party!


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