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Kung Hei Fat Choi! The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in Chinese culture, celebrated with traditional decorations, family reunions, fireworks and, of course, delicious feasts.
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While enjoying a wholesome meal together is surely a worthy goal, family meal campaigners don't always acknowledge the work that goes into this achievement: the time demands, parenting challenges and financial burdens required to put good food on the table. These pressures exist daily, but for many of us-particularly women-- they come to a head during holidays.
For many people, weight gain during the holidays is a foregone conclusion. Resolutions to do better this time are largely destined for failure, no matter how seriously they are taken. In the end, the countless temptations offered at office parties and family gatherings prove as irresistible as always, obliterating all good intentions.
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Here are four important things to consider during this week between Christmas and New Year's. There is no need to hide out in denial and avoidance, as we can lighten the load of the reality checks by re-framing them before they begin to hit home.
Oh how I dread Victoria Day, and Canada Day for that matter. Because, as an animal rescuer, I know this coming week -- without fail -- I'll receive countless calls from distraught pet owners whose animals have bolted from fear during fireworks displays.
Gone are the days when you waited for New Year's Eve with anticipation. No, you are in a different stage of your life now. You are a parent of children. Young children. Though it may seem this way as you approach December 31 with the family, all hope is not lost. There are things that you can do with the kids where you and the little ones can enjoy the celebration.