The sheer mass of food present at Christmas is enough to intimidate most people. Food is everywhere.

The abundance and accessibility of food induces you eat at a rate beyond that which you would have previously perceived possible.

Items of food are often actively brought to you by other members of the family who are  trying to offload them onto you in a desperate attempt to halt their own unstoppable consumption.

It is also likely that members of your family will have prepared dishes which they look upon with the same sense of pride that Michelangelo experienced upon the completion of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, making it difficult for you to refuse when they offer you a portion of their culinary Magnum Opus.

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