It's almost certain. The holidays come with drinking. Whether it's celebratory, stress related, or just part of the program, alcohol finds its way into many of our livers during the last two months of the year.
Holiday drinking in my family happens about as often as Sarah Palin is spotted reading the New York Times. Neither of my parents are big drinkers, probably because they each had a parent that was. Because of this family history, a dusty bottle of Peach Schnapps dated around 1978 lives in the kitchen cabinet, out of sight above the fridge. Next to it is a lonely unopened bottle of cheap vodka. This makeshift sad excuse for a liquor cabinet, only reachable by my 6'3" father, was selected for its exclusive ability to keep my brother and me from sneaking into it. The scratching noise of dragging the chair to stand on provides plenty of warning for a policing parent to investigate potential nonsense. To support a weak but acceptable alibi, there was luckily also a can of Ovaltine in the cabinet, my Dad's morning breakfast. We always swore when we were busted that we just wanted a cold glass of chocolate milk. Yeah, right!
A holiday or two ago when I was home visiting I decided it was time to finish off that bottle of Peach Schnapps once and for all. I dug around for the blender, gathered the family in the kitchen and announced we were going to get wasted. What happened next was a swirl of giggles, storytelling, and brain freezes.
If the bottle gets the better of you this holiday season I've got a few yoga moves that can ease the pain. Try this short routine aimed to shake your hangover a bit, or at least lessen the blow so you can make it through the day. Let me know if it helps! Happy Holidays!
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