What happens inside of you when you hear the first Christmas song of the season?
- Snuggling up with the kids and watching Home Alone movies and Elf over and over — with hot cocoa of course. (Any other good Christmas movies I should add to my list?)
- Certain favorite Christmas songs get me out of my scrooge-like mood and thinking about the Baby who came here to earth for us.
- The smell of the Christmas tree, now that is awesome. I’m glad Kent never let me talk him into an artificial tree. (Last year our tree didn’t have a strong enough smell so I bought some pine candles.)
- Getting together with family and of course the excitement of the kids, that makes it all worth it.
- Side note: I just asked our 13 year old what is his favorite part of the holiday season and I thought he’d say presents or something, but he said, “the snow”.
But alas, with anything good there is the not-so-good.
- I detest figuring out what to get people. There are those, we all know them, who have the gift-giving gift. They find the perfect thing without even trying! They keep an eye out all year and just happen to find exactly what the person will love. Those people tick me off as I bumble through the stores, with no idea of what the heck I’m doing. Just tell me what you want and I’ll go buy it.
- Figuring out what to make for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners, or get togethers with friends and family, is a pain in my backside. What can we make that is reeeeeeally good, but without all the crappy ingredients? If you have people with food sensitivities at your shindig then you’re extra screwed.
While other mothers looked forward to the holiday season. It used to fill me with dread – I hated them. I tried countless “healthy” recipes in an effort to avoid the onslaught of sugar over the holidays and they all tasted like cardboard. It wasn’t until I found the real and traditional foods movement – devoting myself to its study for the past 6 years – that I found that holiday cooking didn’t have to be stressful. It was then, after testing recipe after recipe, and developing simple, but healthy and delicious menus that I began to look forward to the holiday season.
WHAT YOU’LL GET:
- When you sign up for Real Food for the Holidays, you’ll receive access to 10 online workshops covering simple, healthy food for the holidays.
- You’ll be able to learn hands-on cooking techniques using the series’ 30 instructional cooking videos.
- If you’re wondering what you’ll serve for Thanksgiving or bring to your Christmas cookie swap, there’s over 175 real food recipes for the holidays to choose from.
- There’s also over 30 pre-planned holiday menus from which to choose, and you can tweak them with each workshops’ mix-and-match holiday menu planner.
- Most recipes and menus are suitable for gluten-, dairy- and grain-free diets.
- The workshops, videos, menus, recipe and menu planner are always available – so when the next holiday season rolls around, you’ll be ready.
- There’s no time constraints, and you can review the materials whenever it suits you, however often you like – and you have lifetime access.
- You’ll receive special one-on-one email support from Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen.
What about you, what do you love about this time of year and what stinks for you?