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The Holiday Fantasy

Let's Come Together and Indulge — In Moderation

Religion is important to many people. We have all experienced it to some degree and we are for the most part the result of these high-level traditions. It has made the world go 'round, created law and order and, while regrettably, it has also spun battles and wars, we must be thankful for all the glorious edifices that riddle our planet, for the educational values and organizational systems that have given us a direction over the millennia, for the brotherhood (and sisterhood) and camaraderie that have helped us come closer together.

Religion also adds a third dimension in our modes of thinking. It is quite natural for us humans to desire escape and fantasy. Components of this particular fantasy come around annually in the western world and thanks to electronic methods of communication (and marketing expenditures) everyone today celebrates Christmas and the New Year in some form or another.

Leaving religion aside, the month of December could be christened the gathering month for all of the sparkle that it brings. It's time to put ills aside and share happy moments with family and loved ones. Life is too short, and it must be enjoyed in as many ways as possible. The challenge is to sift through all the marketing clutter and figure out what is good for you. Education is key. How do you figure out what will make you happy and healthy? How can you plan a perfect dinner, buy a good bottle of Champagne, find a restaurant to host you for this special meal? We want to share with you our years of experience in our domain of food, wine and travel and help you in answering all these questions.

We also want to remind you that you are what you eat and keep you in good health for years to come. The calories consumed between Thanksgiving and New Year's alone can result in a five to seven pound weight gain. With this in mind, have that glass of Champagne, that truffle and bite of foie gras, but remember to exercise regularly. Shrug at the elevator; do a few stretches in the morning — even a short walk around the block will help.

Keep smiling and have a happy holiday season,

Alain Gayot

(Updated: 07/17/13 CT)


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