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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a great Festivus

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Happy Holidays. It’s a time to rejoice, spend fun times with family and friends, and hopefully have a bit of peace on earth. Of course, just occasionally, the holidays can have their own stresses. Many people in the Midwest of the United States and in the UK had their travel plans seriously messed up (or worse) by winter storms. Sometimes large family gatherings, the financial pressures brought on by present-buying and a bit too much to drink can leave smokers and ex-smokers feeling the desire for a cigarette.

This isn’t really the time for one of my serious sermons about the evils of tobacco addiction. Probably more helpful today is to count our blessings, and maybe trying to see the humorous side of things. If you are alive, with a roof over your head and some food to eat, then things could be a lot worse. With regards to humor I like to think of some of the funny seasonal scenes from TV and the movies.

One of my favorites is Seinfeld, and George Costanza’s dad’s invention of a new celebration….a Festivus for the rest of us. Check out the link, it’s hilarious:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQFLqMyo0fo

Note that sometimes the Festivus tradition of “The airing of grievances” is a little too close to some other family holiday traditions.

My other Christmas favorite is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Here is a link to a clip, but its usually on TV repeatedly over the holiday season:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spmqbs8YCW8

So if you are feeling a bit stressed out over the holidays and start thinking of smoking, put your feet up and have a laugh instead.

Happy holidays.
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MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.

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