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Story by Terry Whipple.

We’ve been making Christmas wish lists since we were children. Although it’s more blessed to give than to receive, we all like to receive…at least a little bit. After celebrating Jesus’ birth and praising that amazing gift of gifts, eventually we’re around the tree and we’re at the parties.

Our Christmas wish lists have more grown-up toys now than when we were young. We want a David Yurman bracelet, or a new bathrobe (please!), or some tulip bulbs from Holland (because December isn’t too late to plant them, is it?). Or maybe we want tickets to the Richmond ballet or the Redskins, a new shotgun, a recliner chair for the TV room. Our lists include things we’ve thought about and  really want.

eating-christmas325pxBut what is not on our Christmas wish lists? We don’t list chocolate covered cherries or a gift certificate to a French bakery or a bottle of champagne. Why? We must not really want them. So, if we don’t really want them, why do we consume them with such gusto at the Christmas parties? They aren’t at all healthy. In fact, they’re actually unhealthy.

New Year’s is coming soon, a time when our resolutions inevitably include something about losing weight or getting fit. It might be easier to keep those resolutions if we didn’t allow such excess during the Christmas season. So, let’s think about what’s on our Christmas wish lists and enjoy those things we really want.

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