By: Sterling Terrell
The holidays are winding down.
And as that is the case, I would like nothing more than to introduce you to my new favorite word – although it is not often that the holidays bring with it literary scholarship.
My new favorite word is: Kummerspeck.
Kummerspeck is a German word, and it is what happens to us all over the holidays.
Kummerspeck means: Emotional overeating.
I kid you not.
Good grief, have I been doing a bit of that.
But don’t we all.
I will get back on the healthy horse in a few days – but the snow, the pumpkin pie, the tamales, the Christmas lights, the warm drinks, and the late nights with family and friends, tends to make me nostalgic and a bit emotional.
Emotional and hungry, really.
And then the kummerspeck sets in.
In reality, kummerspeck could come from anything, a break-up, divorce, or untimely death, I suppose.
Holiday kummerspeck is obviously the best.
So raise a glass to emotional holidays and a little extra sentimental eating.
I am told kummerspeck literally translates as “grief flab.”
I love the holidays and I am ashamed of my actions at the same time.