And a Crankiness-Inspired Holiday Beer Rule

Thinking about my mini-rant earlier this morning, I arrived at another Holiday Beer Rule, and an important one, I think.

13. Now is Not the Time to Count Calories: There are precious few times in our lives when, as responsible individuals, we get to eat and drink with impunity, to recognize our limits, cast them a friendly wave and continue right on past. The holidays is one of those times.

No, I’m not suggesting that we all go out and get legless and wind up puking on Aunt Louise’s sofa. That’s not only stupid, it’s also not at all fun. What I am saying, though, is that it’s okay to get a little merrier than you might ordinarily, to have that extra piece of cake and to indulge in that splendid but calorie-laden beer.

As M.F.K. Fisher once wrote about the ideal dining companions, it is important to approach the holidays, as it is the table, “with the right mix of abandon and restraint.”

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