Eat, drink and be merry this Christmas!

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We all like figgy pudding, so bring some out here.

Along with mince pies, fruit cake, yule log, chocolates and anything else that I can devour in my sweet-filled stupor.

I don’t know about you, but boy am I full. A week before the big day itself, and this glutton isn’t sure how much more she can fit in her ever-expanding stomach.

With the festive season starting earlier and earlier every year, so extends the amount of time we think it suitable to eat like pigs, and over-indulge on unheard of scales.

‘Ah this is my first mince pie of the year’, said a slender co-worker this week, as she delicately removed the foil from a canapé-sized treat.

Are you kidding me? The Boy and I have demolished a good seven packets already, polishing off three pies-a-piece and a bag of mini Twirls while we were decorating the tree alone. Well, it is Christmas after all.

And it’s so unlike me. For the other 48 weeks of the year, yours truly is a picture of self-discipline, staying away from the treat desk at work, limiting myself to weekend-only desserts and regularly pounding the pavements – or netball court – to burn off those few extra calories.

Not in December. All bets are off. In the month when we decide we just have to meet up with friends we haven’t seen for the rest of the year, eating at home goes out of the window, and three-course lunches and dinners (hark, sometimes even on the same day) become an everyday occurrence.

But I have good news for all those who are becoming too afraid to step on the scales. One recent study found that, while many of us feel guilty at this time of year and are convinced that we’ve added an extra stone to our already least favourite number, the reality of weight gain is a little less overwhelming.

According to the New York Times, people gain just one pound over the festive holidays. And they studied people in the United States who, let’s be honest, have heftier portions and an extra Thanksgiving holiday to compete with.

One measly pound? What are we feeling bad about? Surely that can be passed of as water retention.

Not an extra turkey joint, stuffed pork, glazed ham, roast beef, potatoes, puddings, pavlovas, trifles...

Nothing to do with the wine, bubbles and Baileys.

Hurrah! Loosen the belt. Eat, drink and be merry this Christmas!