Tis The Season To Be Skinny? Ashley Perez

It’s Christmas! And this is my problem with the exclamation mark: it lacks real feeling. One exclamation mark makes it seem like I am moderately excited about Christmas. Really I feel like this…

and this…

and finally, this…

After all ’tis the season to be jolly. (Side note: I wish I could use ’tis year round, but alas ’tis not socially appropriate). Anyway,  ’tis the holidays! Who isn’t happy?

I mean this just happened (Thanksgiving, not Friends).

And this is about to happen.

Christmas cupcake alert! But then things like this happen.

Not Taylor, we love Taylor. But the part that literally says, “So you ate a cupcake? Fast moves to burn it off!”

Yes you read that correctly, fast moves to burn off the ONE (okay, three tops) cupcakes that you ate. To quote a wiser human than us all, “Is this real life? Is this gonna last forever?” -David after the Dentist 

I’m sorry, but when did eating “a” cupcake become a crime against humanity?! Christmas and the holiday season in general has taken a toll for the worse when eating one cupcake is magazine headline material. Sure, the Grinch stole Christmas, but the media is stealing our self-esteem and unlike the Grinch, they’re not giving it back.

If  you, like me, are slightly disappointed in humanity after looking at Buzzfeed’s “Horrifying Pictures of Black Friday” and reading magazine covers like Cosomo then I would encourage you look to the Christmas carols of yore (another word I wish I could use year round) and dig a little deeper into the meaning of the holidays.

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly (what a bough of holly is remains a mystery, where do all these holiday words come from). Tis the season to be jolly.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

“Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light.”

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin.”

You see dear friends Christmas is supposed to be all about happiness, goodness, and merriment, and instead the media has turned it into a season of shame, guilt, and 1000 ways to burn off ten calories.

Well, I say bah humbug to that.

Here’s the thing: I agree that the holidays are not the time to go absolutely bonkers, gain 20 pounds and blame it on the season. But at the same time, there’s no need to feel shame over eating an extra serving of your mom’s famous casserole.

Yes your body is a temple and you shouldn’t be eating Twinkies like they’re going out of business, literally and figuratively. But if your body is a temple, then your soul is brand new iPhone (strange metaphor, but let’s be honest: we usually treat our iPhones better than our bodies) and should be treated with just as much care.

So be jolly this season– let your heart be light and don’t sweat that cupcake. In fact make some warm cocoa to go with it, eat it with your family in front of a roaring fire (unless you live in California) and enjoy your holiday season.

Peace & Blessings!

Image via Cupcakes Take The Cake

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  1. I hate the expectation of guilt and self loathing after indulging in “a” (or maybe 2) cupcake(s). When did that start??! and why is that the norm now? Why should i feel guilty because i like cupcakes and cookies and guess what, i don’t wait till the holidays to enjoy them!! Why can’t we all just do our own thing and not worry about what everyone else is thinking/feeling about everything we do. I don’t want to feel i need to eat a salad cause everyone else at the table is. I want to eat a salad cause that just what i feel like.
    *Rant over*
    Thanks for writing this piece. I really enjoyed it.

  2. Love this piece it made me laugh! :) now i’m going to go eat a cupcake. Maybe even two! :O

  3. I don’t think eating one cupcake is bad and I don’t think that’s the issue here. I think it’s about winter in general and how it can wreak havoc before you even realize. So eating one cupcake isn’t bad but when you’re sedentary bc it’s co
    ld outside and slightly depressed bc you’re not getting enough vitamin D and eating more comfort foods PLUS holiday treats, one cupcake turns into several cupcakes and the more sugar you have the more your appetite spirals out of control as does your health/weight. So yeah, you should enjoy your cupcake but don’t sit on your behind the next day is the point. Last winter was my first winter out of Texas (where it’s warm and sunny 355 days out of the year) and I was miserable in that I was eating way more than I was used to and it showed. I was lethargic and lacked the energy to workout. So I get it but that doesn’t mean I’m a freak that holds myself to some sort of unrealistic standard of skinny/beauty. The media can’t be blamed for those that don’t have a healthy self awareness.

  4. *had

  5. I absolutely love that you called them out on this. I has the same reaction when I saw it :/