So it’s the first day of a squeaky clean new year! Without making resolutions I can’t keep, I am going to spend the next 5 days eating all the crap out of my house. This is so that when I get back to normal next week and back to work, I can look forward to some normal eating habits and far less sweet, sticky stodge.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why I turn into a sweet-aholic during December? It seems that December 1st triggers some primitive longing to eat all manner of things, most of them sweet? I am normally not drawn to sweet stuff at all; I like salty snacks, crisps, savouries of all shapes and flavours … not sweets! I hate the after taste of sweet things and the furry feeling it leaves on your teeth. I very rarely eat a dessert; I always have a spicy starter and black coffee for afters. So why does December do this to me?
I also like a tipple and I admit, I like alcohol far too much, to the point of it becoming dangerous to my health. So January, is always the month to abstain for a few weeks, or at least not to drink on a school night, which is another thing I do far too freely in December. Why? Dark nights, dark mornings, cold, wet weather? Or aggressive marketing by supermarkets offering booze at rock-bottom prices?
Christmas is supposed to be a time of rest, relaxation, recuperation after a busy time at work and home. For me, it starts at the beginning of December, the office trees go up, Secret Santa is planned, Christmas lunch is paid for (and I have three Xmas lunches) and all this activity triggers the over indulgence. So I have a full month of excess and rushing around preparing, which in turn leads me to buy crap…stuff that I would never buy at any other time.
The pinnacle of our family Crimbo, is our house party, it takes me ages to prepare, we do games e.g. Hook the Bauble and a Quiz, Charades and generally get rat-arsed on yet more booze, some of mine, some brought by family… and we eat yet more crap! It is a tradition now though and I love having everyone around. It is the only time of the year that my family all come together from the eldest to the youngest and it always goes well.
So the point of this rambling is that after my final Christmas blow out (at my brothers) on Friday, I am looking forward to eating normal (healthy) food, drinking less and walking more. Hopefully you will be seeing less of me, as I try and drop a few dress sizes during January! Happy New Year one and all ……………… Granny
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