Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day: Slowing for Celebration

Preparing for Christmas is like running a month-long ultra-marathon. But on Christmas Eve and then through Christmas Day, the pace slows considerably, and you have time not only to enjoy home and family but to  ponder the meaning of the Child of Bethlehem and His eternal significance for our lives.

With all the rich foods available, it has been a challenge to stay on track with Weight Watchers, which I joined in mid-December. Candy, cookies, cakes, and pies are everywhere in our household this time of year. So far, I have managed to savor a controlled slice here and there, and to refrain from devouring whole leftover pies or anything so drastic as that. I actually have done pretty well so far. It definitely helps to have the discipline of food points to track.

Superdawg Lets Grandson Grayson Inspect Her Christmas Chew

Usually, I like to take a nice long walk on Christmas Day. But my walking partner, Sadie the Superdawg, had such a grand time with the toys Santa brought here that she went down for a long winter's nap. She had absolutely no interest in walking, failing even to respond to the magic word "walk."It actually feels weird to walk the neighborhood without her, so I got my exercise instead by mopping our kitchen floors in preparation for our Christmas Night family get-together. My daughter-in-law made her famous "Redneck Caviar," which is always a hit when we have a munchies meal. My wife made meatballs in a special sauce. We had fun.

Tomorrow I definitely will take a good walk, and I hope to hit the workout room also. Watching the joy of our grandchildren and our dogs on Christmas morning has been delightful, and there has been time to reflect on the profound reason behind all the celebrating. However, after watching a rousing Willie Nelson concert the other night, I am ready to get "On the Road Again"!

                                        © Robert G. Holland   2013

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