By Paul Morrone, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MSA
Eat, Drink and be Merry. It doesn't matter whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Festivus (for the rest of us!), these three central themes help us end even the most challenging years on a high note. And I think most would agree that 2020 has tested our resolve more than most.
The Morrone household has made every effort to make this holiday season as special as it should be. Over the past few weeks, we've read countless Christmas books, baked cookies, wrapped an unwrapped presents, watched the classic holiday movies and introduced our boys to 'Buddy,' our elf on the shelf. Kyle even got to play in the snow for the first time, and now constantly asks to "play snowballs, daddy Paul?!" Needless to say, there's a level of excitement this year that I haven't seen since I was a child. I wouldn't have it any other way.
The adults have been hard at work cooking, baking, decorating, and shopping. We've had our fun too. Despite the fact that we've missed out on what would normally have been a litany of holiday parties, we have all found time to eat and drink more than we should. We've already proclaimed our 2021 diet and weight loss resolutions, usually while plowing through a pile of Christmas cookies and a bottle of wine. Even a pandemic can't stop the holiday weight from piling on!
With only about a week left in the year, we still have plenty of time to indulge in what is always a season filled with excess. I look forward to waking up in the morning and still being so full that I don't have to eat until lunch the next day. Maybe Jill and I will get real adventurous and pour a late-morning mimosa or make an Irish coffee on what is looking to be a dreary Christmas Day (weather wise, at least). Whatever vices call your name on this season, give in! A clean slate and a new year is right around the corner.
So, have that second (or third, or fourth) helping of dinner, eat that extra piece of lasagna, and don't shy away from the cookies when you think you have no room left in your stomach. As you gather, in person or virtually, with your friends and family this year, remember to Eat Drink and Be Merry, because, why the heck not?!
Best wishes this holiday season,
The Morrone Family
Paul, Jill, Kyle, Ryan, Tom and Cathy