This is why Christmas is just once a year

How can you not get fat over the holiday?

The temptations are legion, and they are delicious. The most inviting have to be the old family recipes for cookies and all sorts of Old Country baked goods.

Most of them require mountains of butter. That’s butter, not fake substitutes.

But then there is rompope, that Costa Rican version of eggnog. The cool, thick, sweet creamy drink goes down so easily, and the store-bought boxes are so available. There is something in the rompope chemistry that makes those suffering from its hangover swear off the drink. Until next year.

New Year’s Eve is the traditional time when amateur drunks try out their wings. They felt the pain all day Thursday, and maybe into today.

Costa Ricans tend to use low-cost guaro as a fortifier for many drinks. A guaro hangover is only a few points below that of rompope.

So as the day after New Year’s dawns, the time has come to step on a scale. The butter cookies, the rompope, the guaro, the glazed chicken, the pork roast, the honey-baked ham. Indeed, no satisfactory holiday plate can be filled with less than 4,000 calories.

So once the hangover clears, the time has come to make a visit to the gym. Many visits to the gym.

Sharon Brodell and Xochitl Quesada show part of the goodies they baked New Year's Eve. Alas, most of it is gone now.

Sharon Brodell and Xochitl Quesada show part of the goodies they baked New Year’s Eve. Alas, most of it is gone now.

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