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Body Impolitic’s Guide to Sane Holidays

Laurie and Debbie say:

If you love the holidays, love your family, and look forward to the next ten days, you don’t need this list.

If you’re still reading:

1) To the extent possible, do as much or as little holiday stuff as you want; it’s a celebration, not an obligation.
2) Wear what you think you look terrific in.
3) Spend time with people you love and who are good to you.
4) If you must spend time with awful people, remind yourself before you walk in the door that they are awful people. Then do something really nice for yourself the minute you can walk out the door.
5) Eat whatever you want.
6) Plan your responses to inevitable comments beforehand. For example, if you know that your mother will overfeed you and then, just as dessert is being cleared off the table, say “You look like you’ve gained weight,” try, “That was really a fabulous meal. Excuse me, I haven’t had a minute to talk with Aunt Catherine.”
7) If the holidays make you sad, or you just hate them, that’s fine. They’ll be over soon.
8) Be effusive about every gift you get; then be rude about the awful ones later to your friends. If they’re really awful, throw them off a bridge in the middle of the night.
9) If you enjoy the kids, they’re a great escape from the adult follies. If they drive you crazy, be as patient with them as you can: they didn’t overstimulate themselves with sugar and toys–they had help.
10) Nothing that makes adults happy is too silly.

If these aren’t your holidays, have a great Chinese meal and enjoy the movie!

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7 Responses to “Body Impolitic’s Guide to Sane Holidays”

  1. Patia Says:

    This is great, thanks. I’ve blogged it.

  2. Lynne Murray Says:

    Thanks Laurie and Debbie!
    This is all great advice. So much holiday misery comes from the high “should” factor.

    I say take your delight where you find it (and when). Last night it was a late mail delivery of “catnip kick pillows” that caused all my cats to scrabble at the envelope containing them, and once they were distributedf to grab them with all four feet, trying to disembowel them with hind claws and rolling around drooling while doing so. The holidays gave me the excuse to (a) donate to the cat rescue charity that made the catnip and (b) enjoy watching the happy craziness–although I managed not to roll around drooling, it was nice to see it happen.

    Here’s to rescuing enjoyment from the jaws of dysfunction, and finding your own particular catnip pillow!

  3. Book Girl Says:

    This is a fantastic post with really useful advice – thanks so much for writing it. This time of the year is not easy for me and I really needed to read this.

  4. Patsy Nevins Says:

    Thanks so much for acknowledging what so many people try to deny, that this is NOT the “most wonderful time of the year” for many people & that it is often very stressful, emotional, & ultimately exhausting & disappointing for maybe most of us in one way or another. I am one who has many reasons largely rooted in dysfunctional family history combined with current stresses for not liking the holiday season, & having to hang on & try to survive it as well as I can. Thank you for reminding me that I am far from alone.

    Best wishes to all of us. The worst part (at least for me personally) is nearly over.

  5. hippie Says:

    Great advice! Thank you :)

  6. Dan'l Says:

    Supaaaaahb advice. Fortunately I didn’t need it this year but I’m copying it for future reference.

  7. Jazzycat Says:

    Good advice. There are more haters than lovers. Let’s have peace

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