Thanksgiving is over and it’s officially the holiday season! Along with gaining gifts and treats, many, many of us also gain weight and colds and illnesses this time of year – and those are “gifts” no one wants!
How can it be avoided? Well, we’ll tell you!
- Eat well. It’s common to pack on 5-10 pounds during the holiday season, but there are ways you can eat both healthy and well! Know which foods are high in caloric content and low in nutrition. Don’t deprive yourself of such treats, but indulge in moderation.
- Stay active. Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year. You should be active at least four to five times a week, preferably with some aerobic exercise every day.
- Prevent illness and injuries. Colds and the flu are most prevalent in the winter. Prevent them by washing your hands regularly and urging others to do the same.
- Travel safely. Whether you are going down the block or halfway across the world, follow extra precautions. Give yourself plenty of time in the additional holiday traffic.
- De-stress. Holidays can be a stressful time. Try to anticipate sources of stress and develop a plan to manage them.
- Help others. Depression and suicidality increase during the holidays. Watch for signs of depression among your friends and family. Take an active role to support those in need.
- Treat yourself. The holiday spirit is about helping others around you, but you also have to make time to take care of yourself. So treat yourself with something over the holidays. It may be something as simple as sleep.
Movies are subjective, of course, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun on Christmas Eve. In case you and your loved ones find yourselves staring at the television with nothing to watch while waiting for Santa to make his way to your house, here’s a list – according to Rotten Tomatoes – of the very best Christmas movies of all time.
Let’s see if your favorites made it!
Critics Consensus: Director Tim Burton’s dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton’s work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.
The Bishop’s Wife
Lethal WeaponA Christmas Carol
A Midnight Clear
Critics Consensus: Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire.
Un Conte De Noel (A Christmas Tale)
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Critics Consensus: Tongue-in-cheek satire blends well with entertaining action and spot-on performances in this dark, eclectic neo-noir homage.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
A Christmas Story
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Critics Consensus: The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation.
The Shop Around the Corner
Critics Consensus: With the combined might of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Irving Berlin working in its favor, Holiday Inn is a seasonal classic — not least because it introduced “White Christmas” to the world.
Miracle on 34th Street
It’s a Wonderful Life More
Critics Consensus: The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It’s a Wonderful Life is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.