Gifting Obligations, Savory Sensations, Family Location, Celebratory Concoctions and so forth… (Pt 1)

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There are many challenges that come up around the holiday season, which can pose threats to one’s emotional and physical welfare. The stresses caused by gifting obligations, savory taste sensations, the presence or absence of family, celebratory concoctions and so forth, all present potential complications during the holidays. Much of this depends on the person. However, a bit of leisurely forethought may prove to be beneficial in keeping holiday glee abounding for all. The holidays are a great time to enjoy family, friends, food, and obviously faith; don’t let my overly analytical cautionary tails spoil it for you. Nevertheless, here’s a list of things to consider depending on your individual soft spots:

Some people have difficulty with sobriety during the holiday season. It’s routine behavior for many people to drink too much during the holidays. Why do people drink so much this time of year? Well, there is an abundance of social functions, more so perhaps than throughout the rest of the year, unless you’re a real partygoer and in the “nightlife know.” It’s much easier to partake in a drink here and there if everyone else is, especially during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

It’s good to keep busy during the holidays, but the right kind of busy. With a little planning and a little forethought you may keep yourself from overindulging in your favorite drink. Preplanning, and booking your schedule up may enable you to say no to those last-minute engagements where alcohol might be offered. Consider taking a friend that does not drink to get-togethers that you plan on attending. If you don’t have a friend who abstains could you consider the possibility of making a new friend? It may be an extreme revelation for some but church folk do celebrate New Year’s like everyone else. Invite a friend, an acquaintance, or an accountability partner from your church to join you at gatherings where you know drinks will be offered; this may be just what you need to see you through to 2010 while keeping your commitments.

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