This post is from KS contributing writer Haley Stewart of Carrots for Michaelmas.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then the whirlwind to Christmas Day begins–parties, concerts, family engagements, travel. Did you know that traditionally, the holiday cheer didn’t begin until Christmas Day? December the 25th is just Day One of a twelve day season of Christmastide that doesn’t end until January 6th!
Does that make your head spin? Some of us are beginning to already feel the holiday stress in the air. Twelve days of Christmas after we’ve already been Jingle Bell Rocking for weeks doesn’t sound appealing, it sounds exhausting. But maybe the problem isn’t with the twelve days of celebration, maybe the problem is that our culture has lost the beautiful season of Advent amidst all the hustle and bustle.
Most families are completely wiped out by December the 26th. We stuff ourselves with holiday cheer from Halloween to December the 24th, and we’re ill by Christmas. We jump right into feasting well before Thanksgiving and by the time Christmas actually gets here, we’re sick to death of the holidays and are itching to get the tree out to the side of the road as soon as the presents are unwrapped.
So what’s the solution? Not celebrating? Just ignore the holiday? By no means. We want to celebrate Christmas and we should. After all, the Incarnation of Christ is a feast of feasts. The solution to holiday burnout is simple, but it’s difficult to practice because it flies in the face of the holiday madness. Let me introduce you to my good friend, Advent.
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Digestion is certainly never something I thought much about as a teen or young adult, or even a young wife.
When you become a mom, though, suddenly you think, worry and talk a lot about poop.
You wonder if your baby is going often enough.
When he starts food, you know the diapers will change, and you hope the way your baby’s changed is perfectly normal.
Especially when you have an autoimmune digestive disease in the family.
I’ve always wondered about the quality of my oldest’s digestion and "output," since it seemed to be looser than most other kids – yes, I know this because parents talk about poop!
You’ve heard recently about my husband’s journey with Crohn’s Disease, and if you or anyone you know suffers from IBD, you know it’s nothing to sneeze at. Our prayers as a couple often include begging God to protect our children from Crohn’s entering their lives.
But my premonition, if I had to guess, is that my oldest might have a tendency toward developing it. His bowel movements seem to follow in my husband’s footsteps and are nothing like mine – after I started learning about digestion, I realized personally that I’ve probably been constipated my entire life (more on that in tonight’s monthly newsletter – sign up here).
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I love sharing the goodies with my readers!
I’ve already gotten to partner with Craftsy to offer a totally free mini course on knife skills, a great deal on the roasting course that I’ve learned so much from, and now, one reader will get the All About Chicken course (or winner’s choice) as a giveaway prize.
The All About Chicken class (enter to win it here) is taught by award-winning cookbook author and food writer Marge Perry. She’s an instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and will help you feel totally confident about your chicken skills – you can do this thing!
The class includes:
- 9 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
- Class materials that include seven recipes
- Hours of close-up instruction
- Answers from Marge in our virtual classroom
- Retail value: $29.99
More Than Just Recipes
When I think about my “cooking style” or “how I learned to cook” it’s all basically been just “following recipes.” I seriously don’t have many skills that are applicable in the kitchen beyond that, and I love the idea of building techniques by taking classes from experts (especially at my own pace, at any time of day, in my yoga pants!).
I had to choose one class for this giveaway (although the winner can choose a different one) and let me tell you, it was tough! I was tempted by the sourdough course which even includes whole grains and sprouted grains, and when I noticed the Artisan Bread Making course (with super long, in-depth classes) was taught by Peter Reinhart, I swooned!
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