How does someone get on with their life after a holiday?
In a span of approximately five weeks we enjoy (endure?) four of the biggest holidays in America. We have Thanksgiving, a time for families to get together, be thankful, remember pilgrims, and eat various foods until movement is barely possible.
Then we have the big three: Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. During Christmas we are required to spend ourselves as close to bankrupt as possible and to support the postal service by sending cards to everyone we know, have known, or have an address for (including an old babysitter who we haven’t seen for twenty years).
We are also required to be nice to people, smile until our jaws ache, and develop a fondness for candy canes.
With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays you a least have a month to recuperate between over-indulgences. Not so with Christmas and New Years. With those two you don’t even have time to finish the Santa Claus cookies. So what do you do? You eat leftovers of course. Anything to get that food out of the house to make room for the food that the New Year will bring.
And what food does a New Year bring? Well, let’s see. Are you having a party? How about a New Year’s dinner? Do you eat certain foods on New Year’s Day for good luck? Are you going to be sitting around with friends watching a football game? Are you going to be tail-gating? All of this takes foods of various kinds.
And then after the holidays? Just like always. You get dressed, go to work, earn money and pay the holiday bills. And go on a diet. Welcome to the after the holidays blues.