December 21st, 2006 11:36 EST
Bit Tense? Try a Holiday Hopeful
It`s the holiday season, and I say it with all the loving sentiments I can muster: my family is really stressing me out. While some contributors to BrooWaha.com (check out Glen T`s article on vacationing) admit inheriting some strange-but-quickly-spreading gene that discourages relaxation, this journalist feels like she`s acquired somewhere a healthy dose of both work and chilling.
That is, until the holidays arrive and I`m shoved back into a whirlwind of arguing parentals and other mindless albeit stressful situations that, anyone besides my parents can surely see, really don`t matter outside of seeing who wins what argument. Even the most centered of Buddhas would be hard pressed to find relaxation here. Yes, as much as I love my family, they`re driving me up the wall.
As soon as those familiar Christmas bells start twinkling and the words merry and bright start dripping from stores` overhead radios like tinsel on Christmas trees, media pops up everywhere to help aid Americans through the holiday cheer. In jive with the season of giving, articles offer us helpful hints on how to decrease stress and post-holiday belly bulge. Despite all this seasonal stress floating around for the taking, 62% of people in a recent poll conducted by Dateline NBC and Prevention Magazine looked forward to the holidays.
While all this giving can live a person feeling a little drained, there is a great deal of receiving that coincides with the season as well. So until the holidays are over, I think I may be able to handle the feeling that a few screws are loose somewhere up in my noggin, if only because I realize how much my parents enjoy my company. And I say enjoy meaning when they aren`t loudly quarrelling over who-said-what-why-did-you-put-my-stuff-away and other holiday cheeriness.
In hopes of properly weighing the good with the bad this year, this journalist is going to print for the next remaining holi-days a few pro`s and con`s of certain holiday stressors. As silly as these stressors may seem individually, they can be downright grating when compounded all together. That`s why we`re going to take a look at the good and the ugly of each, one day at a time. Starting with Holiday Hopeful #1, below.
Holiday Hopeful #1: My parents refrigerator is always full.
Pro: Nothing puts people in the holiday mood more than walking into a brightly-lit kitchen, in from wind and damp, than the sweet smells of cooking. Plenty of family members milling about also means plenty of leftovers stocked in the refrigerator. No need to worry about if there`s any milk left for coffee tomorrow morning; there`s never shortages at the Parent`s house. Mom`s are good at things like that.
Con: In the ongoing battle against the bulge, my metabolism doesn`t miraculously sense it`s the holidays and speed into overdrive. So I`ve got a exercise a little more restraint then usual. At my apartment, dieting is easy; I can`t afford buying copious amounts of food like certain relatives just yet. Additionally, us picky eaters have to suck it up and face the fact that Mom, no matter how happy she is to have you home, isn`t going to sacrifice the Holiday Ham, no matter how unhealthy you remind her it is.
Note: The writer who originally contributed this article is no longer affiliated with theSOP.