A White Christmas
Sunday December 23rd 2007, 10:29 am

Two days away from the big day. I have been ready since last week, so except for cooking the Christmas meal, I can relax and enjoy the ambience of the season. We are expected to have our first white Christmas in three or four years. There is enough snow on the ground that the rain expected on Christmas Eve shouldn’t melt all of it. In past years, if we were lucky to get some snow, it was just enough to cover the ground. This is fine with me because as soon as Christmas day is over, I would prefer the snow to be gone too. Our winters are so unpredictable that some years are very mild with rain, and others are cold with lots of snow. Environment Canada predicted a cold and snowy winter, and so far they have been correct. Our winter started in November, and hasn’t let up yet.

I don’t enjoy most of the things associated with Christmas, but I do like the Christmas decorations. I love sitting beside my decorated tree in the evening looking at the lights. This is something which hasn’t diminished since I was a child. I also enjoy watching “A Christmas Carol” with Alistair Sim on television. Even though I have seen it many times, it doesn’t seem like Christmas until I have seen it. I don’t feel the same way about some of the other Christmas movies such as “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life”, which I think are a little played out over the years.

This Christmas will be a little different from other years because I won’t be making the plum pudding for dessert, or having boxes of chocolates in the house. I started going to Weight Watchers in October, and I plan on eating wisely this Christmas. I bought only one box of Laura Secord dark chocolates this year. Other years we would eat several boxes of chocolates and not even realize it. I feel that having just one good quality dark chocolate a day, which is savoured and really appreciated, is enjoyed more than mindlessly eating several. I don’t think anyone in my family will miss the plum pudding. It was good, but not great, and a lighter dessert, or none at all, will be just as nice. We will still have the turkey, stuffing, gravy and vegetables, but we will eat smaller portions, and not feel so stuffed afterwards. Who likes that feeling anyway. I know I don’t, and I don’t enjoy having the associated heartburn either.

I know we will enjoy our Christmas dinner this year, and I hope everyone can resist the urge to overindulge. Eating this way doesn’t take the fun out of Christmas, it just makes sense, and you will feel better too.

Have a great Christmas,