Reply Fri 17 Dec, 2004 11:33 am
Holiday Eating Tips

1. Avoid carrot sticks. 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 eggnog-aholic
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.
Gravy does not stand alone. 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 tocontrol your
eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's
food forfree. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise betweennow and New Year's. You can
do that in January when youhave 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 eggnog.

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. If you leave them behind,
you're never going to see them again.

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.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave theparty or get up
from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips; start over, but
hurry,January is just around the corner.

Remember this motto to live by:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving
safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways,
chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally
worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
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Reply Fri 24 Dec, 2004 01:27 pm
Good tips there! Everyone be merry and happy, and don't forget those forgotten this season. Peace to all.
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Reply Fri 24 Dec, 2004 02:18 pm
Always figured moderation was fine if not taken to excess. Anything worth doin' in the first place is generally worth keepin' hard at - 'specially if ya find ya do it well. You won't necessarilly live any longer if ya give up rich food, strong drink, fine tobacco and loose ways - but it'll sure seem like it.

One thing to remember 'bout this time of year, though - New Years Eve is amature night :wink:
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