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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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Story by Dr. Terry Whipple

“Come before His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” Well, sure, it is a good mantra. And we don’t do it often enough, despite His blessings. But we’ve adopted—or adapted—a time of thanksgiving for Pilgrim survival, harvest, and community with natives into a gustatory holiday. After all, we cannot overdo giving thanks.

thanksgiving mealBut we can overdo Thanksgiving. Mmmm, gravy, taters, dressing, crispy skin on juicy turkey, pies of every description, maybe Grandma’s banana pudding. Dig in this year, again, after asking God’s blessing on the meal and family. But eat slowly, chew thoroughly, talk a lot and push back. Pushing back from that wonderful table has so many benefits. First, it preserves more leftovers. And everybody loves Thanksgiving leftovers. Second, we’ll be on time for kickoff at the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game. Third, we are not as likely to regurgitate during a wonderful afternoon nap. Wow, we’re making progress.

Most important, though, tomorrow it won’t show on the scale. We will not have overdone it again. We can put off those resolutions to “lose that weight” six more weeks until New Year’s Day.

Self-discipline makes a delectable dessert, and the effect lasts and lasts. This year we can all push back from the table and go for a walk around the block with someone else who’s pushed back from the table. It will help the digestion, cement a relationship, and give time to reflect on our blessings.

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