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Funny Holiday E-mail I Got

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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.

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 egg nog.

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

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.
post #2 of 6
You REALLY know how to celebrate! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
post #3 of 6
Too funny! :laughing2

The part of the Christmas feasting that always does me in is the chips and dip...no one counts all the calories in dip...but they hit ya in the butt when you're not looking! :laughing2

(I better clear all the junk off my weight bench!)
post #4 of 6
Now don't get me wrong, I've never met a fruitcake I liked - heck, I've never met a fruitcake you could with a chainsaw let along a knite, even your good bread knife - but . . .

When we lived in Canada, I was forced to attend a Christmas party at the home of one of my step-father's employees. He was a VP of efficiency, so we got invited to lots of people's homes, probably so he wouldn't cut their departments. They served smoked salmon and moose meatballs and this food they called fruitcake, but it wasn't like any fruitcake I've ever had. It was like a pumpkin bread, none of those funny candied fruit peel things though with other dried fruit, except raisins which is fine because I don't like raisins. They served it with a very thin slice of moist pale cheese and it was amazing. Mom said it was even better with a mouthful of whiskey, but I was underage so I don't know.

But please don't send me another fruitcake brick, I think this one time was a fluke.
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Originally posted by sfell
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?
this one hit home with me!!! :LOL: oh how well I remember those lean college years!
post #6 of 6
I really think the only way to eat a traditional fruit cake and possibly enjoy it, is to douse it in liquor.
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