Recipe for a satisfying holiday meal

Looking at the headlines and advertisements on the TV and the internet, it seems like the most important parts of the season are the shopping and preparation of a sumptuous feast. I swear, if I have to see another big department store commercial… I’m just glad for “mute” buttons.

I admit that I’m as caught up as anyone in holiday preparations. Each year, the holidays seem to pass way too quickly, especially given the time involved in acquiring presents, cooking the holiday feast, attending parties, mailing holiday cards, etc. My head spins just thinking about all that remains on my task list. I noticed many years ago that the material and superficial aspects of the holiday season lack depth or meaning– kind of like filling up on junk food. You’re always craving “something else,” but don’t know what’s missing.

I watched the people around me over the last couple of weeks, and came up with my own recipe for holiday satisfaction. Here it is:

Equal parts of the following:
Giving to people less fortunate than you
Helping others without being asked
Genuine love and appreciation for the people in your life

Mix well and add the following to taste:
Admiration of other people’s displays of holiday decorations
Children’s laughter, hugs, and smiles
Walks in the fresh air to admire the beauty of the season
Gratitude for the blessings in your own life

Garnish with a sprinkling of gifts for the people you love the most

Relax and enjoy! This holiday feast will satisfy your soul in a way that material trappings cannot. You will get the gifts of gratitude, appreciation for what you already have, and a greater capacity to add more ingredients to the recipe next year.

Oh heck– why wait another year? Why not make this recipe on a humdrum day in June? I promise it is just as good in the summer as it is in the winter. Fall and spring too.

By the way: This recipe is guaranteed not to make you gain weight!

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