by Karen Siff Exhorn for GalTime.com
The holiday season is a lot of things -- memorable, sentimental, stressful. But, how often do you think of the six super-fast weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's as sexy? The holidays don't have to equal bah-humbug sex.
Here are five ways to have a happy and hot holiday season:
1. Enjoy Naughty Nibbles
There are too many articles that advise you to be mindful about your eating and drinking during the holidays. I say, eat, drink and enjoy! What are some sexy holiday foods to get you "in the mood?" My favorite is chocolate -- the darker the better. Chocolate has a long-held reputation as an aphrodisiac, and the antioxidants in dark chocolate are great for promoting sexual vigor. So indulge yourself in those holiday chocolate bars, cupcakes and brownies. You can always start that diet in the New Year.
And if you're worried about fitting into that sexy dress after consuming such yummy chocolate? In keeping with the theme, then buy shapewear.
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2. Sip Some Holiday Cheer
Wine can be more than fine during the holidays. In fact, alcoholic beverages have been used to stimulate the libido since ancient times. Wine that is spiced can be a potent aphrodisiac. Red Burgundy mixed with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and sugar is known as Hippocras aphrodisiac. White port is a powerful aphrodisiac (much more so than red port), especially when paired with strawberries.
3. Play Strip Dreidel
Just like eating a bagel, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy a good game of Strip Dreidel. All you need is a dreidel, a partner and a bottle of Manischewitz (or tequila). Just spin to win!
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4. Make Some Mistletoe Madness
Nope. You don't have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy some Mistletoe Madness! In fact, it can be quite fun to engage in this activity right after a hearty game of Strip Dreidel. Oh sure, anyone can stand under the mistletoe and get that requisite peck on the lips, but this game takes it to the next level. During Mistletoe Madness, get with a partner, get naked, grab your mistletoe and wave it over each part of your body that needs some kissing. Maybe then you can engage in some frisky reindeer games...
5. Have Happy-Holiday Sex
More sex means less stress, and because the holiday season can be filled with stress, I advise having lots of it. Sex, that is. Here's what happens, though: The stress that comes from enduring those long lines at the mall, dealing with sugar-crazed kids or family members who take all the "fun" out of dysfunctional does not necessarily put you "in the mood" (unless that mood involves killing someone). My advice? Make time for sex anyway. That's right. The act of engaging in sex will actually get you in the mood, and after a sexy romp, your body will experience a hormone release that triggers the sense of relaxation and relief that you crave. Plus, there's always the added benefit that sex burns calories -- which works very well with your new naughty diet. So put on your sexy Santa hat or place some Hanukah gelt in some strategic places and have yourself some happy holiday sex!
What's on your holiday sex schedule?
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Karen Siff Exkorn has just released Fifty Two Shades of Blue-ish, a parody of that "other" ever-popular tome. Exkorn is also author of the best-selling book, The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping, and Healing--From a Mother Whose Child Recovered (2005 HarperCollins).
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