I LOVE Christmas. It’s a good excuse to pack in three month’s worth of grub, all in one fortnight. Turkey, mince pies, Christmas pud, brandy cream, chocolate liqueurs….yum yum.
And then, there are all those carols, twinkly lights, cracking TV shows and gatherings of friends and family.
Yuletide is a riot. The best time of the year.
But then, in January, all that festivity all disappears….leaving me feeling like a flabby hungover bloater, with dry itchy skin caused by cold weather. And then there’s the neverending run of colds, coughs, sniffles, tummy bugs…. weeks and weeks of feeling below par.
So, forget January 1st. This year, I’ve decided to make some resolutions early. Not sure if I’ll be able to stick to them between now and the holidays, but I’m going to give it my best shot…
Visit a dentist
November’s a nightmare for tooth-rot. It’s when our son celebrates his birthday (as do a load of his friends), so there’s an endless round of parties, cake and goody-bag sweets. Plus we’re still reeling from Halloween and this trick-or-treat bucket, which contains enough sugar to power two small ponies.
I’ll be off to visit the tooth-polishing fairy before Christmas – both me, and the kids – so that Santa doesn’t bring along any cavities along with his sack of goodies.
Cut down on drinking
Hangovers are easier if you don’t have to endure a run of them. So, to give my system a chance to detox properly before all the Christmas carousing begins, I’m going to cut down to three nights a week, max. So no more end-of-the-day vino pick-me-ups for me, then.
The daylight hours are dwindling, so I’m going to try and make the most of them, and get in my Vitamin D and seratonin fix when I can. Walking instead of driving; welly boots and macs for outdoor play even if it’s drizzly. And lots of snuggly Winter woolies – lovely.
And that does mean daily. Normally, if I’ve been for a run or a game of tennis, I let myself off the hook for a few days. But frontloading the activity now – even if it’s just going for a 20-minute trot round the block every evening, while D is bathing the kids – means I can spend hours, guilt-free, slumped with a sherry in front of all those Christmas specials….right? I’m thinking Dr Who, Strictly Come Dancing, Miranda, the next season of Game of Thrones on DVD box set….*rubs hands together with glee*
Shop online, shop local
Christmas shopping is stressful. In the past, I’ve made the mistake of leaving all my present-buying until the last minute, then panicking about my lack of preparedness, and heading into central London the day before Christmas eve, because you’re spoiled for choice in all the shops there.
Well, this is true, but you also have to battle through the hordes of tourist shoppers and gangs of drunken revellers, out on a work jolly. So no, this year I’m going to buy my gifts locally and online.
Then hopefully, by the time the New Year sales hit, I’ll be fit, healthy, and raring to go into town, guns blazing, to bag myself some bargains…..That’s the plan, at least.
What are your Christmas-fit tips?