Lights are everywhere, garlands are all over the place, there’s one Christmas movie on after another another on TV, and countless Christmas trees are glowing up and down the streets. By now, you’ve probably got your turkey thawing out and are trying to think of any last-minute items you need from the store before they close for the day. Christmas can become synonymous with chaos very quickly, but take a moment to slow down.

The same Christmas songs, over and over, can get old really quickly, but there’s one that’s always special to anyone in Colorado. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s song “Colorado Christmas” reminds us:

“The closest thing to heaven on this planet anywhere
Is a quiet Christmas morning in the Colorado snow”

No matter what holiday you celebrate – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or some other holiday – the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is right. We live in a beautiful place, and all too often we take the breathtaking views for granted. Take a moment to really look at the Rocky Mountains. People travel from all over the world to take in those mountains, and we get to enjoy them year-round. Even better, we get to enjoy that view while surrounded by loved ones, while snow (hopefully) makes a picture-perfect scene outside.

We at Pain Doctor hope that you’ve had a great year. We wish you a wonderful holiday surrounded by the people you care most about. After all, in the immortal words of Dr. Seuss:

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!

‘Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store.’

‘Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!’”

And hopefully we’ve helped you achieve some of that “a little bit more.” We’re so honored by everyone who comes to Pain Doctor for treatment. Pain can drag down even the most upbeat of people, and we want to help you change your life for the better. We provide the best possible pain management care we can – the same care we’d want for our own mom or dad. Hopefully over the last year, we’ve been able to help you reduce your pain and improve your life, whether through medication, interventional, or alternative therapies.

No matter what we do, though, you’re in charge of your own pain. Following the pain management plan we’ve helped you form will do a lot to lessen your pain, but there’s still more that you can do. Laughter relieves stress and can lessen pain. Moderate alcohol use might reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes (as long as you don’t mix it with prescription medications). Dark chocolate might support heart health and provide some anti-cancer benefits. So stay safe, drive careful, and have a great holiday – doctor’s orders.

Do you have any holiday traditions that make your day extra special?

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