Tis The Season To Be Skinny?

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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