I LOVE the holiday season, and always think of it as starting with Halloween. The decorations, the costumes, the goodies - to me it is just a lot of fun.
What I cannot stand, though, is the "news" stories that surround the holidays. I am talking about the insistence that we know how holiday foods and drinks contain calories. I just saw the first one about half an hour ago - an 'expose' on the local news about the hidden calories in Halloween candy.
Really? Candy has calories? Shocking. Personally, I would like to meet the individuals who have no idea that candy has calories. Because the first question I would ask them is where they have been living if this is news to them. And then I would like to ask the news reporters to find some actual news to report.
And of course it will continue:
Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving dinner has calories!
Christmas - Christmas cookies and treats have calories!
New Year's Eve - Champagne and other beverages have calories!
This year, I'm wondering if Jewish people will be informed that whatever they fix for Thanksgiving/Hanukkah dinner will have calories. I mean, news like that could be so surprising, it could ruin the whole thing!
Most people I know are more than aware that food and drink have calories - maybe they can't tell you how many, but they know they are there. For myself, I look forward to the holidays, to actually enjoy myself, and enjoy the special things I don't eat or drink during the rest of the year. I try not to get terribly carried away, though sometimes I am more successful than others. And I am sure that if my doctor told me that if I consumed more than X number of calories during the holidays, I would not live to see another one, I'd be very careful. For myself. I would leave everyone else alone to do their own thing.
So please - join me in enjoying the holidays! Eat, drink, and be merry. And try to ignore the people who want you to obsess over every little aspect of it.
There's a reason it's called the HOLIDAY SEASON, right?