The holidays are always such a mega-party. From
Thanksgiving 'til New Year's Day, I seem to stay in a constant
state of feasting and merriment, culminating on Christmas, and then
taking the party down a few decibels through January 1 -- the day
that marks the "fresh start" that I always promise myself.
Ah, yes, the New Year! A new beginning: a new detox diet, a new
exercise regimen, a new juicer to boost the new detox diet, a new
gym membership to implement the new exercise regimen, a new
self-help book (downloaded onto my new Kindle, of course) to
explain why I can't seem to stick to either the new detox diet or
the new exercise regimen.
As a sure sign of insanity, I'll repeat the same maddening
post-party routine around this time next year. Somewhere running
amok in my psyche, a neurotic Woody Allen knock-off admonishes my
reflection: "I don't know, maybe it's just me, but the whole
mandate really doesn't work for me," followed by the inevitable
shoulder shrug in the mirror. Meh.
Okay, point taken: This year I'm breaking the post-party cycle.
Instead of diving head-first into the bracing waters of the new
year with a sigh, dragging my Coulda Shoulda Woulda bag of by-gone
failures, I'm staying merry & mellow, keeping the joy at a
readily sustainable level. Long after the last ornament is stashed
away and the pine needles have dropped, I'll continue to spread
holiday cheer like a toddler spreads cookie crumbs.
Fortunately, cheer (which, ideally, leads to shared happiness)
fills the new year void that many of us post-partiers face after
each holiday season. The lesson learned: A wee bit o' selfless joy
carries more fulfillment than the most promising celebrity diet,
electronic organizer or vitamin-enriched cream made from rare
Let's keep the party going: Stay in the holiday spirit
year-round. Have a wonderful 2014!