Did you have a great Christmas? I hope you did. I loved mine, but Ginger shows how we all feel inside as we look at our messy houses with gift wrapping still stuck in the carpet and bows scattered in odd places…not to mention all the tempting candy and treats laying around on the counters. And now you have to put away all your Christmas gifts and vacuum your carpet to get rid of tinsel, tape and dog hair (if you have a Golden Retriever).
If you are having an AFTER-CHRISTMAS MELTDOWN because you feel sick from sweets, lazy, and miss the Christmas cheer already, then let me ease your burden and give you some recuperating tips.
Hurry and eat all those tempting treats before New Year’s. I think you’ll get less cavities that way than if you nitpick at them for the next month. That is bad on the teeth. Have an After-Christmas party with whoever and snarf down that peanut brittle, fudge, chocolate Chex mix, and whatever else Christmas left in its wake. Think of it as a tsunami for your stomach. It will cause major damage, but once it’s over…you can get down to real life (without tempting treats).
Exercise as if you’re going on a beach vacation next month. Maybe even staple some pictures on your wall by your exercycle or treadmill to encourage yourself to greater calorie smashing sessions. Watch Lord of the Rings while you exercise. Those are so long (but think of how many calories you’d burn. You might be dead by the end, but you’ll be a skinny dead).
Watch your husband and kids like a hawk and pounce on them for any misdeed. If your son forgets to take out the garbage or make his bed, ground him until he cleans up all those bows around the Christmas tree. When your daughter begs to be driven to her friend’s house, make it contingent on her putting all the empty boxes away in the garage, and then reward her with a piece of fudge (one less that you have to eat). The Christmas mess will get cleaned up faster this way.
If you’re too lazy to put the tree away, tell your kids to cut out hearts and skewer them to the pine branches. Then you have a broken heart tree for Valentines and will have bought yourself another month and a half that you can procrastinate taking the lights off that silly tree. By February, you might be completely recovered from Christmas. I hope you are.
Unplug the Christmas lights out on the house so you don’t look completely like a lunatic in January. But wait until spring when it”s warmer to climb that ladder to take the lights down. No need to slip and break your back. I’ve heard that completely ruins the Christmas spirit you once had.
Whew! I’m so glad I could help you all out. Do you happen to have any other Christmas recovery tips you’d like to share? I would love to hear them.