Christmas Food can be fun, easy, and healthy! We've provided some tips below to simplify your time in the kitchen, and provide some healthy options to go along with the traditional favorites!
Veggie Christmas Tree - See our Tips to making Produce Trays
Making a Fruit/Veggie Tree is so easy, it is a great project for the kids to do to get them involved with helping! Just cut up your families favorite food choices, show them a picture of what you are trying to do, and let them decorate it as they want! I'm sure they will be proud of their work, and more inclined to eat from it!
I used broccoli, cherry tomatoes (strawberries will work great too), blueberries and pomegranate seeds for the ornaments (olives work great for these too!), and the end of a yellow bell pepper for the Christmas Tree star. The tree trunk was made with the honey whole wheat stick pretzels from Trader Joes (one of my must have weekly snacks!).
I put some cauliflower, and heart of palm at the bottom of the tree. You can customize this, with veggies that you love.
On our Christmas Food Pinterest Board below that shows our last 30 Pins, you can see that there are lots of variations for doing a Christmas tree using Fruits, Veggies, Cheeses etc.
Most of our family lives in Roseville, CA or very close, except for Kerry's family who lives in Seattle, WA. Kerry typically comes down every couple of years to spend Christmas with the rest of us, and her husband's family in Los Angeles, CA.
For our family, we do Christmas Eve at our brother Scott's house, who lives two blocks away. His wife Julie includes her mother and sister and usually some friends as well. We do a $10 Christmas Gift Exchange, and our latest tradition has been for everyone just to bring an appetizer or dessert.
(We had way too many desserts as you can tell from the picture below, so we are cutting back this year. I plan to bring an appetizer and a salad myself this year - way too many sweets!!)
Then on Christmas morning, we all head over to the Parental's House, where we open packages on Christmas morning, along with Christmas Coffee and Breakfast, and we have Christmas dinner later in the day. Since we do a the traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner on Thanksgiving, we typically do a Ham for Christmas.
There are so many questions that can run through your mind before this special day, that it is easy to become overwhelmed! By the time Christmas rolls around, many people are stressed out and sometimes dread the day. Too much work, and possible disappointment! So much food to prepare too, and unending dishes to wash! The operative words here are to simplify, and delegate!
Most people will have a bunch of decisions to make for the day! Here are some of the questions, you might ask yourself:
Here are a few of Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits to help simplify your mealtimes:
(Checkout Kerry's Breakfast Casserole Recipe)
Keep it simple is the lifestyle solution that you want to adopt. This is a holiday about celebration, whatever your religious beliefs! Celebrate, and enjoy the day with your family. Develop easier traditions, and ones that actually mean something!
Last year, my friend and her family prepared 30 gift bags full of McDonald's $10 coupon, socks, toiletries, and candy, and handed them out to homeless men in Seattle! It was their favorite memory, and changed their holiday! Look for those activities to engage in, and be surprised when Christmas Day looks a whole lot brighter!
Here are some helpful pages on Kerry's, Healthy Diet Habits website that will give you some ideas and recipes on what to do with your Christmas Food Leftovers! (Links open in a new browser window)
Leftover Ham is a staple of holiday meals. Here are a few ideas and recipes to re-purpose ham into delicious new meals!
Turkey leftovers and Thanksgiving are synonymous! A little up front planning can help you re-purpose your leftovers into different meals!
If you have any great Christmas Recipes, please submit them on our new Holiday Recipes page, and we will include them also on this page, and on any other relevant page! Thanks!!
Please Follow our Holidays and Observances Christmas Food - Holiday Board on Pinterest - below you will see our 30 most recent pins to this photo board! (Lots of great ideas to inspire your creativity!)
Click on the SEE ON PINTEREST bar right above, (link will take you to our Pinterest Boards where we have many more Christmas Boards) to see all the rest of our photo's on this board, and to Follow the board. New photos will be constantly added!