Holiday survival guide for seniors

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By Mary Kay O'Grady


Behold. The six-week period of angels and angst is upon us. Here are some things I've observed or figured out that might work for the holidays.

  1. Start each day with a healthy breakfast that includes lots of nutrients. Then you can eat what you want later. Pile the fruit, Greek yogurt, and soy milk onto high fiber cereal. My cereal du jour has so much fiber, I stare at it and wonder if I should eat it or smoke it. You can have as much coffee as you like. This year it's an antioxidant or something.
  2. To stay in the holiday spirit, let the media handle the fiscal cliff, the Middle East and Halle Berry's ex-model husbands (the face, the face, don't touch the face). Surround yourself with bells, lights and holiday music. (Well, at some point The Little Drummer Boy will have to be kicked in the rump-a-dumdum).
  3. Don't buy clothes for your male grandchildren if you want a hug.
  4. If you have grown children, try to remember what it was like when you were the sandwich generation, trying to please both children and parents. It's tough. It's not about us. Be brave. Back off.
  5. If you're single, and haven't yet learned to do things alone, now is the time. The movie or play or party will feel a little strange going and coming, but it will be just fine once you're there. Again, be brave.
  6. Take a ride on the Christmas EL. I saw it from my window Friday night and it looked glorious. The schedule is online.
  7. Don't waste your money on The Walnut Room at Macy's. Some years the trees are really cheesy and the food is way overpriced. Instead have a small meal or a drink at the Eastgate Cafe at 102 Harrison. It's charming, homey and reasonable. And it has the best hot chocolate in town.
  8. Shop local. (Don't ask me why the "ly" has been dropped from that adverb, but I try to stay au courant). Shopping local is less depressing. I went to Takara's Black Friday sale. There was a great sense of camaraderie as the faithful shuttled back and forth between her boutique, her shoe store Shoe Soko, and her new furnishings store, Takara Home. It was so much fun I had to stop in at Sugar Fixe twice that morning.
  9. Don't think you have to bother with all the Christmas decorations, particularly the ones involving tangled cords and extensions. We've done our time. Get yourself a big poinsettia and remember what Liz Taylor said: "Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together."

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Posted: January 14th, 2013 8:11 AM

Wonderful article. Keep writing!

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Posted: December 17th, 2012 12:42 PM

Lol. wonderful article ~ Made me smile and such good sense thoughout made me feel like I was connecting with a kindred spirit <3

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