Dear Santa Claus,
As Christmas approaches, I know you and your elves are very busy getting toys and presents ready for children all over the world, and this time of year can be quite hectic for you and your little helpers. Because we are all counting on you to deliver joy and brightly wrapped packages on this special day, I’ve put together a list of advice to keep you healthy and safe this holiday season:
- Please wash your hands, especially after petting Rudolph and the other reindeer. Germs spread quickly and the last thing we need is for you to catch a cold before takeoff.
- We all know how much you love your sweets, so slow down on the cookies, candy and treats. You do want to be able to fit down all those chimneys, don’t you? Not to mention, refined sugars and saturated fats are not good for your waistline.
- It’s awfully cold at the North Pole so bundle up and don’t forget your mittens! Frostbite is no joke.
- Get plenty of ZZZ’s. As the days get shorter and the nights longer, we all need more sleep.
- Watch out for ice! We wouldn’t want you to slip and fall off our roofs. Oh, and those dangling lights can be especially tricky. Be careful not to trip over them!
- Your big red bag can be awfully heavy, so stay in shape and lift those weights. You’ll need all the upper body strength you can get. Oh, and be sure to lift with your knees, not your back, to avoid injury.
- Don’t forget to take your vitamins. Getting those essential nutrients are helpful in achieving a level of health beyond what is possible through diet alone.
- Check the forecast and be weary of storms. Weatherproof the sleigh to ensure a smooth ride through those snow storms.
- Reading all those letters and checking that list can be tiresome, so give your eyes a break and make sure you’re always wearing your glasses.
- Lastly, don’t push yourself too hard this year. Too much stress can take a toll on your health, so unwind and relax a little, won’t you?
Christmas only comes once a year, so enjoy your favorite traditions and remember, it’s okay to indulge every once in a while. Just because everyone leaves you milk and cookies, doesn’t mean you have to eat and drink them all! But most importantly, as we hang our stockings and decorate our trees, we’ll be thinking about you and anticipating your visit. Your health is important to us as you’ve always been our favorite guest!
Dr. Ann-Marie Campione and your care team at Saint Mary’s
This post is sponsored by Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.