This won't be a long, scripture-strewn article. Instead a few words on a contemporary topic.
There is a lot of guilt and even more emails built up to inform us as to how to enjoy parties without enjoying them "too much." Really, though, we should celebrate when it is time to celebrate and mourn when it is time to do so. No one would recommend constantly checking work emails or getting on conference calls during a vacation in the Bahamas (nor would your spouse or children appreciate it). And when it is time for somberness, no one will think well of the man who cuts his sadness with some funny Youtube videos played on an iPhone or a deli sandwich eaten during a funeral while sitting in the pews.
We were not meant to live our lives in this constantly muted and self-recriminating way always taking careful steps across flat and monochromatic wastes. There should be climbs toward high peaks where we exult in the beauty of creation and careful descents into woods where the insularity of densely growing trees lead us to introspection. So, this holiday season and in those to come, the emails will roll in offering "tips" and "tricks" and "helpful pointers" on how to "escape the trap" of holiday eating. I say, "Rejoice in the Lord!" and do it with egg nog in hand.