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Hol­i­day cheer — as we gather around a beau­ti­fully set din­ner table– will have a dif­fer­ent mean­ing to every indi­vid­ual.

This last week of the year serves as a vehi­cle to reflect, rejoice, rem­i­nisce and pon­der.

Good health or a healthy recov­ery (from injury, ill­ness or dis­ease) is a bless­ing with tremen­dous value.

Impor­tant to remem­ber are those friends and fam­ily mem­bers who have expe­ri­enced chal­lenges and set­backs over the past twelve months. Not every­one comes to the table with a clear mind, body and spirit.

Invari­ably, real life changes in 2017 will prompt emo­tions, anx­i­ety, stress and expec­ta­tions when it’s time to cel­e­brate with others.

Do not pre­sume that old con­flicts and dif­fer­ences will be set aside for a jovial, cheer­ful meal. Rela­tion­ships are com­pli­cated at best. While this is a sea­son of for­give­ness and grat­i­tude, not all guests will be in that same frame of mind.

Pre­pare to stay focused on the things within our power to con­trol. Bring an atti­tude of calm, with delib­er­ate prepa­ra­tion to meet the upcom­ing fes­tiv­i­ties. Mod­er­a­tion is key to hol­i­day sur­vival.

Rule out over­do­ing food and alco­hol con­sump­tion. This will tem­per the highs and lows that fol­low.

Include healthy rou­tines and habits, no mat­ter what dis­trac­tions might creep in. Main­tain daily exer­cise and sleep sched­ules to com­bat fatigue and depres­sion.

If pos­si­ble, avoid toxic peo­ple and sub­jects. This could require say­ing “no” to cer­tain invi­ta­tions and con­ver­sa­tions. Pol­i­tics may be a for­bid­den topic given the year of incred­i­ble news.

Self care is the best pre­ven­tion and game plan for enjoy­ing the final moments of the year. Out­door activ­i­ties invig­o­rate the senses. Colder weather means bundling up for a chilly day hike or walk.

Herbal baths, mas­sage, med­i­ta­tion or other mind/​body treat­ments bring heal­ing into fren­zied days. Find relief in read­ing, lis­ten­ing to music and unplug­ging from all devices. Soothe the soul.

Serv­ing oth­ers is often a nour­ish­ing and sat­is­fy­ing expe­ri­ence. The hol­i­days present oppor­tu­nity to include a neigh­bor, care­giver or acquain­tance in our graces. Engage the heart and reach out to oth­ers.

Well­ness mat­ters. Rest when you need to. Eat real foods (apples and cit­rus count as good treats). Let it go. Dis­miss neg­a­tiv­ity and old grudges. Make the last bites ones to remember.

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