December 10th, 2014 · Recipes
This post is written by contributing writer Debra of Worth Cooking.
A Family Full of Christmas Traditions
Growing up, December was crammed full of Christmas traditions. We had so many it was crazy. Part of it was having so many people, there were 10 of us and we all had the things that were important to us. We would rarely finish off the leftover Thanksgiving Turkey before they started.
There was reading Jotham’s Journey, an advent story. Then there was the blasting Christmas music, hot cocoa, and tree/house decorating anywhere from a few weeks to a few days before Christmas.
From there we would be busy making Christmas gifts on the sly, and Christmas goodies together.We would keep many for ourselves to enjoy on Christmas day and the days following and we would also pass them out to friends.
The night with the most traditions was Christmas Eve, even more than Christmas day. It would start with reading the Christmas story and acting it out. Our family was far from small so there were plenty to act out the angel, donkey, sheep, and of course Mary and Joseph.
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Everyone has lists for you this time of year:
- send cards
- decorate home
- make special dishes/cookies (another list to organize them)
- buy gifts (more lists)
- send people your wish lists (ahem)
- go to kids’ special concerts and shows
There are probably more that I can’t even think of because we’re on “low key” mode for this Christmas as much as we can get away with it – the goal is “sanity” as we adjust to being a family of six.
Speaking of that baby, I had all sorts of lists to prepare for his birth and get the house as in-order as I could before life changed, and then after baby arrived, I was pretty happy to have far fewer to-do lists than usual. The first week, I just had a very short list on regular paper (instead of my usual daily to-do lists on a calendar). It included the most important do-or-die stuff to keep the family afloat and sort of tie up lose ends from the birth, and there was only one thing I didn’t ever get crossed off on it.
Sadly, it was “take a bath.”
A personal care task for myself.
We moms tend to do that, don’t we?
We make sure everyone else is taken care of, and often our own needs and care is neglected or sacrificed. And while I’m a big fan of sacrifice in its own right through the eyes of faith, I also know that when the airlines give instructions to “put your own oxygen mask on before helping others,” they have a point.
You can’t serve your family if you’re literally drowning or falling apart yourself.
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As Advent begins and we begin to think about Christmas (impossible not to with the commercials blasting on every station!), I thought I’d share some posts that I think will help you out this month! It isn’t (and shouldn’t be!) all about gifts but rather about celebrating the birth of Christ , gathering with family and enjoying good food.
- In past years I wrote short daily reflections for each weekday in Advent – find them all here or get them once a day to in your inbox to keep you focused on celebrating joyful waiting in hope. Just click the button in the sidebar and you’ll start tomorrow morning!
- This past Sunday was the start of advent – Did you prep everything ahead? If not, there are still things you can do this year, plus you can be prepared for next year.
- I also really enjoyed this post from contributor Haley. Don’t worry about doing “enough” but rather just do something to observe the season.
I am NOT a shopper, but buying gifts that my friends and family can honestly use and will appreciate can be fun. There are sure to be some on these lists that you can select to fit your budget and your family, and also some good ideas to add natural-minded products to your family’s daily life.
- Holiday Gift Guide: While I wrote this one in 2012, the ideas still stand. I’m not much of one for change in any arena. Included are ideas for eBooks, natural body care products, baby gifts and ideas for you to DIY gifts..
- Top 10 Green Gifts: Being green doesn’t only mean good for the Earth. It also means finding a gift that is a need for the recipient. Glass containers, stainless steel water bottles or handmade gifts are perfect. Baking a favorite cookie can also be a fun activity.
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December 3rd, 2014 · Recipes
This post is from KS contributing writer Jamie Larrison of How To Just About Anything.
The holidays are a time where everyone seems to let loose a little with their dietary guidelines.
You’ll see even the strictest of eaters sneaking a cookie or two, like these gluten free jam thumbprints, during Christmas dinner.
Then there are those of us who like to stuff our faces with everything in sight. Pecan pie becomes an endangered species this time of year.
I’m glad to say though that there’s a happy medium ground.
Make Your Homemade Sweets & Eat Them Too
Healthier, real food desserts are simple to make and taste even better than their preservative laden, junk filled, store bought look alikes.
You can even create a nutrient dense dessert to enjoy, like these dark chocolate almond butter no bakes, or this eggnog that helps strengthen and remineralize teeth.
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