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“Happy Holidays”


Ladies and gents,

I pen this from deep within the belly of the beast, the beast known as the Holiday Season. Ever since I was wee, I’ve simply adored Christmas (and secretly wished that I had been born a half-Jew, like my playmate Becky, so I could indulge in Chanukah celebrations too)! But, as I’ve gotten considerably older I must say that the demands of shopping and partygoing can be more of a burden than a pleasure. And, there is, of course, the double caloric and financial hangover that comes in January (when we all try to burn off extra pounds and pay off the credit card debt). Now, before any of you loyal readers label me a “Scrooge,” let me assure you that I haven’t lost all of my childish notions about this, the supposed “most wonderful,” time of year. The key to holiday happiness is to take on the season sensibly!

• Don’t send holiday cards! They cost money to print, money to send, and judging from the sheer volume that I receive each year, probably account for half of the deforestation in South America! Instead, spend two hours on Christmas Eve calling everyone you know to wish them good tidings. It’s more personal, less wasteful, and a whole lot cheaper! If you are terribly shy or don’t have a good long distance plan, e-mail will do in a pinch!

• Make it a rule to decline one party invite for every two you receive (and NEVER book two on the same night)! I know it’s so much more fun to say “yes” than “no,” but remember there is only so much of you to go around. Too much partying and you’ll end up sick, bloated and exhausted! I try to find parties with similar guest lists, and only accept one of them. That way, you can see and be seen without overdoing it!

• Avoid the holiday snacking, so you can enjoy a proper binge or two! We all know that our offices get filled with tasty treats this time of year, but mindless munching offers all the calories and half the pleasure of a real holiday binge. Save up your calories and splurge on goose, booze and figgy pudding! ‘Tis better to glide into the New Year, than roll!

• Pick one gift for everyone! You can save a ton of time if you select one clever, universal gift for everyone on your list. This year, I’m giving everyone a copy of Be Thrifty: How To Live Better With Less, by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree. It’s a chic little tome that teaches you how to live the highlife for the price of Miller High Life. It’s the perfect present in these tough times!

Follow my four simple rules and you’ll have a December to remember!

As always, a toast of something sparkling to you and yours!