Daily Resolution: Start a New Tradition…Keep an Old One Going

December brings out a whole cadre of annual traditions, some familiar and some unusual. Baking and decorating cut-out cookies, playing “Secret Santa” at work, caroling through the neighborhood, or just adorning the house with lights and inflatable snowmen: these activities all become part of the fanfare of the season. Why not start a new tradition? Wait to decorate the tree on Christmas Eve, and do it as a family. Have a cookie exchange with your neighbors. Give a specific type of gift to someone each year (example, a nutcracker). Too normal for you? You could always look into the Spanish tradition of “el caganer”…you will have to look this one up, folks.

Daily Resolution: Be a Designated Driver

This time of year the social calendars tend to fill up with events that include delicious food and spirits along with the year-ending celebrations. To keep the festivities safe, offer to be a designated driver for a friend, colleague, or spouse. Make the offer ahead of time so no one is offended at the office party when you try to take his/her keys. Aspirin not included.

Daily Resolution: Get a Jar for All Seasons

Find a plain over-sized jar to use throughout the year for seasonal items. Fill it with peppermints, candy hearts, Halloween candy, peanuts, or just about anything! Put it in an accessible spot to let people know they have permission to partake in its contents. You can even seasonally decorate the jar with ribbons, stickers, paint, or wrapping paper!

Daily Resolution: Get a Spoonful of Temptation

Craving something sweet or fattening, but do not want to deal with the guilt? Take out a teaspoon and allow yourself a modest dip into something off-limits without completely sabotaging your healthy eating habits. Perhaps a spoonful of peanut butter, ice cream, or pudding? Use it as an incentive or to curb the urge to grab an entire bowl of something sinful. But remember, only ONE teaspoon and only ONE dip per customer!

Daily Resolution: Share Your Best Home Remedy

They may not be what the doctor ordered, but home remedies can sometimes save the day when it is inconvenient to get to a physician or the pharmacy. Stung by a bee? Put wet mud on the area that is stung. Have an upset stomach? Try a little piece of peppermint candy. Does your hair need some moisturizing? Rinse it with eggs. One word of caution: Never blindly explore remedies. Do some research and check on their credibility with others who have tested them, or else you may up with green hair or worse…in the hospital!

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