Our first “Christmas” is today, my parents and sisters. From there we have four more (ours, Forest’s parents, my dad’s mom, and my mom’s parent’s.) Each stop will be a sugar-induced wonderland. How do I cope with one who really needs to limit the sugar? It’s all of us really. I am in the processes of losing some weight and toning up. The girls, all of them, do not need to get hyped up on sugar day after day for the next few days. In fact, I like the fact that they will refuse some things as being “too sweet” as it just isn’t good for you. Self control around sweets is not something I have a lot of, I’m hoping they learn better than I.
So how do we do it?
First, I try to bring foods that will be healthier options. Boring, I know, but we are talking survival here. Were I to let Jane loose during the holidays it would be a good weeks worth of misery afterwards. Most places have relish trays, cheese, fruit platters, and if I am lucky I can convince people to keep some of the meatballs out of the sauce for her. My “contribution” to my mom’s this year was stuffed mushrooms (she ended up making them hence the ” “.) Dad helped along with some potato skins, go dad! Mind you there will still be cookies, ice cream, pies, punch, glazed wings, dips of all sorts, Chex Mix enough to drown in, and candy…lots of candy. At least I can try to fill them up on the good stuff first.
That is the second rule, a plate of good food first, then the fun foods. I really try to not make food the enemy. Some foods are fun foods…fun for special occasions. Living in America it can not be avoided, but I try to be honest with my girls about what they eat and how it affects their bodies…all of them, not just Jane who has very visible affects from it. You see, while Jane may get spacey and hyped-up (easy to see) the others are still affected by excess sugar and refined foods.
On Christmas Day will be three separate get togethers. I can not avoid the sugar this day as we’ll be lucky to all make it to each place let alone me take a mountain of food to each place (one is at my house and a “safe” meal.) So Christmas Day is the day I will not stress about it. After they eat a plate of healthier options, sweets it is. The day after Christmas we will likely be regretting it, but oh well…you have to live a little. Plus, in my experience, the older two will comment the next day on how yucky they feel after eating all that “yummy junky” food.
I finished up all my gifts I made, right before this post, actually. I had to take a couple days from blogging to get it done. My time has been stretched so tight. There are a couple gifts I didn’t post because the people I made them for might be reading and I hate to ruin the surprise! I’ll try to catch photos of gifts after they are given. The tally for this year’s homemade gifts is:
I’m patting my own back on this one. It saved us money and I was able to spend time doing something I enjoy. Mind you, 7 of those were goodie boxes of cookies, candy, etc. I enjoyed it so much that next year I plan on doing the same thing with a little more prep. Most of what we (the girls helped, I can not take all the credit) made was from materials we already had around the house. And the best part, wrapping. I love wrapping presents! My oldest is proving to be quite the wrapper as well.
I hope you are all settling in with family for a week spent with loved ones. If I do not post before then, Merry Christmas to you one and all from one truly blessed mama!