Vices of the Holidays and How to Avoid Them

The Holidays are knocking on our doors and begging to be let in. Most of us remember them as a time for great times with friends and family but where there’s enjoyment there is always the possibility that a vice will sneak up and take it from you. Here are a few of the major vices of the holiday season and how to avoid them.


Holiday seasons are notorious for being ruined by the one off comment made by a distant relative or friend that you haven’t seen in ages. It’s incredibly easy for us to fall into the trap of arguing back and disregarding the other person’s point of view. It’s also incredibly easy for us to truncate the relationship just before the holidays and dawn Christmas morning with a sense of regret that we didn’t know was possible. Fear not! For there is a very simple solution to this problem: bring up the issue before the holidays and bury the hatchet. If you have an issue with a loved one it’s crucial that you bring it up to them as the issue is occurring. You don’t want to let it sit and have time to fester into some huge twelve headed hydra that can’t be defeated. Yes, it’s uncomfortable to bring up a problem, but this way you’ll be able to find a solution and solve it, giving yourself time to mend your relationship.


This is a huge problem during the holidays. We all want to relax and have fun, and a few drinks here and there can help us do just that. However, sometime we get a little too excited about the warm swimming fuzzies in our head and try to keep the moment going by imbibing more and more of the gods’ nectar. Your loved ones probably don’t want have you committed to an alcohol treatment facility within the first five minutes of your holiday. The easiest way to avoid drinking too much and becoming the babysitting nightmare of the season is to drink in moderation. It may seem like an obvious solution, but when you’re being given drink after drink it’s easy to lose track. In order to stay on top of yourself you should have a few non-alcoholic beverages around your current drink to give yourself a bit of variety. Staying properly hydrated is the key to nixing the holiday hangover, as well.


The foods are delicious! Most people can’t get enough of the holiday cakes, cookies, and overstuffed roasts. Unfortunately, this can lead to a lot of major issues for the waste line and your health. Overeating can lead to indigestion, blood sugar problems, and issues with your cholesterol in the long run, not to mention weight gain. To keep yourself slim, fit and healthy during this holiday season, try controlling the portions. Yes, the food is beautiful, but you can’t see it inside of your stomach! Finish a decent portioned serving and give yourself about twenty minutes to let it sit and digest before getting up and giving yourself another smaller helping.


We just want to go hog-wild when it comes to gifts, deals, sales, and random knick-knacks during the holidays. This eventually leads to some serious debt issues throughout the year and a lot of incredibly grumped up faces. What about your Christmas shopping? Well, you can get that done first, but make a list of the things you want to get for what person and start shopping for those things early. As far as the holiday impulse buys, make a budget. Don’t make a tiny skimpy budget. This will only give you an excuse to say “Well, I didn’t mean to spend that much on one thing, but it’s okay”. Don’t make a grandiose budget either. Instead give yourself a decent medium budget that will allow you to buy random little thing and some bigger items to bring home with you and to give to your loved ones. This way you’ll still feel satiated after you’ve gone on that holiday shopping binge.

The holidays are supposed to be fun and entertaining! Don’t let these vices put you in a bind during the seasons. There’s always a solution to any vice you might be carrying during this time of the year, and there will always be a story to tell next year. So, why not make them incredible and filled with fun?