The Christmas Diet That Really Works!

Want to “think thin” this Christmas? Here’s what one woman is doing to cut the fat.

Lisa Henderson is a blogging mom who trimmed down her family’s Christmas when she and her husband decided to cancel Santa, stockings and gifts from their family’s Christmas. Instead, her kids are writing letters to Santa, asking him to give their presents to kids who need them more. Lisa and her husband will be using money they would have spent on gifts towards service projects and giving gifts to others. Their motive: “To teach [our kids] the pleasure of giving rather than continuing to feed their childhood desire for more.”

The Henderson’s decision was inspired earlier this year when their children displayed ungrateful and disrespectful behavior. They warned their kids that if their behavior didn’t change, there would be consequences. The results–the gift-receiving part of Christmas has been canceled.

The Hendersons have come under fire for their decision. Some people say they’re being very unfair to their kids. “Christmas is all about gift-giving!” one critic opined. Another one chimed in,“Don’t deprive your kids of the joy of opening gifts on Christmas morning.

May I go on record and say I whole-heartedly agree with the Hendersons. I applaud their efforts and wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up being the best Henderson Christmas ever. Imagine years from now the Henderson kids sharing with their kids how Grandma & Grandpa Henderson taught them that the truer, deeper meaning of Christmas is about giving, not receiving. You see, the Henderson kids are in agreement with their parents’ decision (a point the critics have missed or ignored).

If we were really honest, most of us would admit that Christmas has become a bit bloated, thanks to stress, overspending, family tension and pressure to meet unreasonable expectations. In fact, medical experts assert that the number of heart attacks dramatically increases during the holidays. When did Christmas become so unhealthy?

Here are five fat-busting ways to a leaner Christmas:

1. Set a low budget and stick to it.
2. Pay cash only. (You’ll thank me for this in January when no credit card bills arrive.)
3. Don’t ask people what they want for Christmas. Surprise them with only one very meaningful gift.
4. Reconcile with estranged family members and restore peace in your home.
5. Remember the real meaning of Christmas–it’s not OUR birthday. It’s HIS.

Trimming the excess Christmas “fat” just might be the way we can actually experience what Franz Gruber wrote in his song “Silent night, Holy night — All is calm, All is bright . . . Sleep in heavenly peace.”

Silence. Calm. Peace. I think we can all live with that.

May you and your family have a healthy, skinny, unforgettable Christmas.