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My Favorite Holiday Food, Music, & Things To Do (Some of These May Surprise You)

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Given the hustle, bustle, and stress of the holiday's, I figured a good light-hearted blog may help some of you pause and laugh a little (I can be very easy to laugh at sometimes).  What better way to do this than to give you a bit of a glimpse into my personal life, and some of the things I like during the holiday's.  Let's take a look...

Holiday Music

This is a tough one for me.  I like holiday music like many of you do, but listening to it for 2 months leading up to Christmas is more than I can endure.  When it is very close to Christmas, it brings back a lot of good memories, particularly that of spending time with family.  I like traditional Christmas songs, but also like more upbeat versions of them too that some more recent artists have done.  My taste in music is VERY broad, and this carries over into Christmas music as well.

Holiday Food

Between office parties and family get togethers, we can be surrounded by food and dessert.  I try and be very conscious of watching sugar intake around the Holidays because it can get out of hand if you aren't careful.  That being said, my mother-in-law does make an oreo cookie ball dessert that is to die for.  Moderation is the key here.  You don't need to deprive yourself, but simply limit yourself.  For snacks or appetizers I enjoy fresh homemade guacamole.  It is a great source of healthy fat, and full of nutrients.  Outside of that I am kinda boring.  I mostly eat lean organic meats and vegetables for dinner, and this is true even during the holidays, with the occasional indulgence into mashed potatoes.

Activities

Whenever possible, I try and make the most of the weather we are given, and enjoy some winter fun.  Being someone that grew up playing hockey, and still do, my wife and I enjoy going downtown to Canalside and skating outdoors on the rink.  We also both have "Fat Tire BIkes", which are used in the snow.  If you don't know what those are, think about a mountain bike with tires nearly as wide as the ones on your car.  We also will occasionally go down hill skiing, as well as snowshoeing. Getting physical exercise outside in the winter is a great way to burn off those calories, especially those oreo cookie balls!

It can be a cliche that is thrown around a lot, but time really does fly by.  Think back to something you did 10 years ago, and it absolutely feels like yesterday.  This being said, we should take advantage of every day and moment we are given.  In the words of Thoreau, "suck the marrow out of life." We are guaranteed nothing in the future, so don't live with any regrets.

Enjoy the holidays.

Enjoy every day.

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