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katlady December 22nd, 2010 06:48 PM

Thou Shalt Not Skim Flavor From The Holidays
I hate this time of year. Not for its crass commercialism and forced frivolity, but because it's the season when the
food police come out with their wagging fingers and annual tips on how to get through the holidays without gaining 10 pounds. You can't pick up a magazine without finding a list of holiday eating do's and don'ts. Eliminate second helpings, high-calorie sauces and cookies made with butter, they say. Fill up on vegetable sticks, they say. Good grief. Is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas a carrot stick? I didn't think so. Isn't mine, either. A carrot was something you left for Rudolph. I have my own list of tips for holiday eating. I assure you, if you follow them, you'll be fat and happy. So what if you don't make it to New Year's? Your pants won't fit anymore, anyway.

1. About those carrot sticks. Avoid them. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the
Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an egg-nogaholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your
mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello? Remember college?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size
of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. You can't leave them behind. You're not going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at
all cost. I mean, have some standards, mate.

10. And one final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been
paying attention. Reread tips. Start over. But hurry!
Cookieless January is just around the corner.

nlb1050 December 22nd, 2010 07:54 PM

Love those tips!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aerogirl December 22nd, 2010 08:47 PM

I oh so love you post!
You are right on sister!;)

Manuel December 22nd, 2010 09:15 PM

I will definetely stick to those rules. :D

Actually, I allways have.


Luanne Russo December 22nd, 2010 09:54 PM

That was cute!!!

the witvoets December 22nd, 2010 10:09 PM

I so did the Christmas cookie one at work today. :)

Travelnut December 23rd, 2010 12:18 AM

Love it kat,,,now those are some rules to live & party by,,,,roflrofl

Donna December 23rd, 2010 09:44 AM

Wow Kat,
Some great rules to live by for the holidays. I think just about everyone can abide by those tips...

Manuel December 23rd, 2010 09:49 AM

Kat Knows how to party! :D


LisaK December 23rd, 2010 10:12 AM

yep works for me

katlady December 23rd, 2010 10:59 AM

I was hitting the cookie tray pretty good yesterday. Bring on the Egg Nog.:mrgreen:

anniegb December 23rd, 2010 03:54 PM


You are a lady after my own heart - we serve a min of 6 different desserts - my family consider it mandatory to have a portion of each on their plate at the one time. There is no Christmas Pudding or mincemeat in sight!

We have a buffet on Christmas Eve where we serve Veg and Chicken Pakora, Samosas,Chicken chaat, Pizza etc washed down by Sex on the Beach cocktails.

If you are not doing anything - come on over :)

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