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SOME BURGDORF CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS MISCHIEVOUS ELVES AND CRAZY SUITS The celebration of any fun-filled holiday usually conjures up sentimental memories of past family customs. Christmas, for example, is full of traditions that are passed down like heirlooms through generations. If your parents took you out to the forest to cut down a Christmas tree, you might do the same with your own kids. If you and your siblings set out cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve, you might teach your own children to make the same delicious preparations. The traditions you experienced as a child play a huge role in the decisions you make as an adult, and no one knows this better than my family. I grew up in a blended family, so a lot of coordination was involved in the days surrounding Christmas. While there were a lot of moving parts, both sets of my parents lived close to each other, so I had the opportunity to spend the holidays with everyone. One tradition that sticks out in my mind was one that I hated as child but now feel a real fondness for as an adult. On Christmas morning, my mom had all of us put on a new pair of festive pajamas, and my stepdad would film us as we walked down the stairs. These days, I don’t make my own kids don embarrassingly festive outfits; I take on that responsibility myself — and I’ve even provided pictures for proof! Some say that my suits remind them of Cousin Eddy from “National Lampoon’s Christmas
Vacation,” which also just happens to be my favorite Christmas movie of all time. The holiday traditions that my wife, my kids, and I share are a bit different from the ones I experienced as child, but that
sure how she felt about it, but out of all the villainy that elf gets into, that setup was my favorite.
Aside from the elf, my daughter is excited to play
Santa on Christmas morning by handing
doesn’t make them any less meaningful or fun. For example, years ago we decided to join the so-called Elf on the Shelf movement. If you’re not familiar with this growing holiday tradition, the elf comes in the form of a small doll that has been dispatched from the North Pole to keep a watchful eye on children and make sure they remain on Santa’s “nice” list. I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow I was put in charge of managing the elf’s troublemaking antics. From the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, I am constantly finding new places to position him. I affectionately refer to him as “That Little Bastard” to reflect my true feelings about his organized mischief. But as much as I’ve grown to dislike that elf, my oldest son and I have had a lot of fun leaving him in cool spots for my daughter to find. Last year, we even played off the fact that I’m a surgeon and had the elf perform surgeries on my daughter’s Barbie. I’m not
out all the presents from under the tree. This way, we can take turns opening them one by one — a tradition my wife practiced as child that we’ve all adopted as our own. This small but important practice helps us avoid getting swept up in the chaos that surrounds this time of the year. We find that opening one gift at a time allows us to see the amusement on one another’s faces and slow down enough to truly enjoy the merriment. We’ll also sit down as a family to watch “A Christmas Story,” a tradition we do every year not just because it’s a great film, but because my middle son looks exactly like Ralphie!
Frommy family to yours, merry Christmas and happy holidays!
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Cookies, cakes, and pies, oh my! The holiday season is brimming with sweet treats of all kinds. Sometimes it can feel like candy and sugary desserts are around every corner, and yet you still want to indulge. However, when you consider that over 50 percent of Americans are insulin-resistant, prediabetic, or diabetic, that piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream starts to look more dangerous than appetizing. During the holidays, how can you satisfy your sweet tooth without worrying about consuming excessive sugar and calories? Skip the candy and go for the fruits and nuts. Keeping a bowl of fruit and nuts nearby can help keep sugar cravings at bay. Dried fruits, such as cranberries, pineapple, or apricots, are both sweet and nutritious. Just be sure to check the packaging for added sugars. You can even make your own dried fruit with a food dehydrator. This way, you are completely in control of the ingredients. No matter what you do, just be mindful not to overindulge. Dried fruit is high in sugar and calories, but the fiber and vitamins make fruit much healthier than just about any other sugary treat. PLASTIC SURGERY IS NOT JUST FOR WOMEN HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT DR. BURGDORF’S NEW BOOK? SURVIVING THE SEASON OF SWEETS HOW TO INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH LESS SUGAR
Another way to cut down on your sugar intake is to use dark chocolate in all your chocolate-based treats. Dark chocolate has about half as much sugar as milk chocolate, twice as much healthy fat, less cholesterol, 4–5 times more iron, twice as much potassium, fewer carbs, and more flavonoids and theobromine. The antioxidant properties of the theobromine and flavonoids make dark chocolate as good for your heart as it is for your soul. If you have a recipe that calls for chocolate, reach for the dark stuff, whether it’s dark chocolate chips, cocoa powder, or baking chocolate. While it may seem as though everyone and their grandma is overindulging in sugar this season, know that you have the choice to opt for healthier sweets. And come New Year’s, you won’t have to spend the first few months of 2019 working off that extra cookie weight.
Makeover: Restoring Your Body After Childbirth” resonated with thousands of mothers across the country and helped them get the bodies they so desperately wanted, this much- anticipated companion speaks directly to the dads experiencing similar frustrations with their physical appearances. Through chapters such as “The Paradox of the Male Dilemma,” “The Healthy Reaction to a Midlife Crisis,” and “How Visiting a Plastic Surgeon Can Revitalize Your Career,” Dr. Burgdorf reveals the importance of a man’s physical appearance
While there will never be an all-encompassing definition of masculinity, the societal expectations that determine what it means to be a modern and masculine American man change with each passing year. This past year, for example, we saw Instagram celebrities with flannel button-ups, full beards, and man buns — which you can now purchase in clip-on style. Put these components together, and you have a fashion trend that the men of previous generations would scoff at. And they often do! Next year, the style will likely change again, but one thing that will always stay in vogue is an excellent physique. Because he understands the pressure that men face to perfect their jawline and pectoral and gluteal muscles, Dr. Burgdorf penned his second Amazon best-seller, “The Daddy Do Over: Boost Your Confidence in the Boardroom and the Bedroom.” Just as his first tome, “The Mommy
and the ways it can help him or hold him back. Additionally, he examines the recent popularity of male plastic surgery, especially among fathers who juggle a family and a busy career. In fact, according to reports published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, between 2000 and 2015, cosmetic, minimally invasive procedures for men increased by 69 percent. What’s more, men have undergone more than 26,902 procedures of nonsurgical fat reduction every year since 2015. If you are interested or know of someone else who might be, you can purchase “The Daddy Do Over: Boost Your Confidence in the Boardroom and Bedroom” by simply looking it up on Amazon.com or going to musiccityplasticsurgery.com.
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THIS MONTH’S WINE FEATURE A DELIGHTFUL LAMBRUSCO Her reasons for the surgery were varied, but she felt reassured in her decision with Dr. Burgdorf and his team. “You see, I’ve had larger breasts my whole life, and I was happy with the way they looked on my body. But after having four beautiful and wonderful kids, my body changed drastically. I would look at myself in the mirror, and I was unsatisfied with what I saw. I just felt that I couldn’t do it anymore. Regarding the procedure, I was initially very anxious and scared about the anesthesia and being put to sleep, but Dr. Burgdorf and all the members of his staff made me feel so A common but delicious dish among families sitting down for dinner this Christmas Day is a spiral ham drizzled with a honey and brown sugar glaze. For Dr. Burgdorf and his family, this sweet and savory dish is an annual tradition. There are several grapes or blends that would pair well with this dish, but one bottle that we recommend this holiday season is the Paltrinieri 2016 Radice. Priced around $20, this wine is made entirely with Lambrusco Sorbara. It opens with enticing scents of citrus, woodland berry, and wild flower. With secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle, this approachable red is redolent of strawberry, pink grapefruit, and a sprinkling of baking spice. This will pair beautifully with any hearty cuisine, and your family’s holiday ham will help bring out the wine’s delicious flavor and light effervescence. She explains, “I am now five weeks post-surgery from my breast surgery. Before I even called Music City Plastic Surgery, I spent a lot of time contemplating whether or not cosmetic breast surgery was the right option for me. After an exhaustive decision, I am so happy that I decided to schedule the consultation with Dr. Burgdorf and let him guide me through this experience.” There are a lot of people in the world who are skeptical of the idea of plastic surgery. More often than not, this skepticism stems from the fear of the unknown rather than any realistic problems with the procedures. In the cases that our team sees, once patients are able to sit down and ask questions or address concerns, any fear they initially felt quickly dissipates. Dr. Burgdorf takes the time to comfort patients with his supportive bedside manner and help them understand exactly what their procedures will entail. Patients are able to build a relationship with him based on mutual trust. One particular patient credits her wonderful experience to Dr. Burgdorf’s gentle manner, calm voice, and overall temperament.
much better about it. They assured me that everything would go as planned, and they were right! After my surgery, I was literally in the truck going home at 9 a.m., only two hours after the procedure. I was even lucky enough to not need pain pills. I’m so genuinely happy with the results. I’m excited to buy new swimsuits, go to the beach, and actually feel good about the way I look.” She had this advice for other women considering surgery: “I‘m sure there are plenty of women out there who feel the
same way I did about their post-breastfeeding body, but they feel guilty for even considering augmenting their breasts. I felt that way for years. But to anybody who is pondering the idea, I’m telling you to do it. Your confidence will soar, and you will feel so much better.”
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Some Fun Burgdorf Christmas Traditions Revealed PAGE 1 How to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth With Less Sugar Dr. Burgdorf Has Penned a Second Best-Selling Book PAGE 2 Don’t Let Fear or Guilt Hold You Back This Month’s Wine Feature PAGE 3 Everything You’ll Need for an Ugly Sweater Christmas PAGE 4
A FUN TREND YOU CAN EASILY FOLLOW! It’s speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you’ll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you’re ready to jump on the ugly- sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here are a few things to keep in mind. top-tier party. A few ugly-sweater-themed UGLY SWEATER PARTIES
games that should be on the agenda include an ugly gift exchange, which is similar to the white elephant exchange, except with the gaudiest gifts you can find; an ugly photo booth, complete with terrible, tacky props; and, of course, an ugly sweater contest.
YOUR VERY OWN UGLY SWEATER Ugly sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can head to H&M or a local thrift store to pick one up. However, if you have a sweater that’s been cozied up for years in the back of your closet or a drawer, now’s your chance to give it new life. Arm yourself with a hot glue gun, thread, and needle, and patch Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty on it. And let it be known that an ugly sweater isn’t complete without sparkles, beads, and sequins galore. WHAT EXACTLY IS AN UGLY SWEATER PARTY? It’s rather simple — slip on your favorite Christmas sweater, gather all your friends and family members, make sure there are plenty of refreshments and games, and you’re guaranteed to have a
This is the only time of year when slipping
into a lurid red sweater with a stuffed Santa sewn on the front is considered trendy. So adorn yourself in the frumpiest, tackiest sweater you can find, and have some fun this December!
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