The Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa season is probably the longest party streak, stretching to New Year's (Though try not to take advantage. This really shouldn't be more than two weeks without cleanse days. So for me, party time doesn't begin until at least next week.)
But the great thing about the plan is that there's always something to look forward to at other times of the year, too. And the anticipation is really almost as fun as the actual celebrations. Because even though I've tried as hard as I can to knock the boredom out of the plan in the first place, when it comes to comfort and joy, there's always room for improvement.
Birthdays, Valentine's, holiday weekends, vacations. You're rarely staring at the same monotonous schedule all the time. And I would find that boring - which is something to beware of when it comes to drinking. According to Drinkaware, boredom is one of the reasons even young people start drinking alcohol.
But that's why "Independence Days" are such an important part of the plan. They give my life the right combination of freedom and structure. And I've found that to be vital when it comes to staying in control. It keeps me feeling balanced - physically and emotionally. (My heart truly goes out to people trying to be sober this time of year. Gaaad.)
Of course, if you're not into carols, malls and fancy clothes and if your barista telling you "Happy Holidays" every morning makes you cringe, remember ... there's always Festivus. And I think that includes a little drink now and again, too.