We all know the fear and anxiety that comes upon us during the Holiday Season. Pot lucks, Christmas Parties, Holiday parties, and more. Those big family meals become an opportunity to watch everyone else eat, and the amount of times we have to say "No Thank you", can cause people to ask a lot of questions, and wonder why we say "No Thank You." Sometimes having to explain the same thing to multiple people, constantly, can be a bit of a downer. This time of year it is especially relevant because there is so much more socializing to be done!
For myself, I try and ensure I always bring something that I can eat, and usually try and bring a few items so I can fill a plate. My family tries to make most of the meal Gluten Free, but its not always 100% do-able, so I work with what I can, and always bring something yummy that I love! My go to is a hot Crab Dip, roasted potatoes, and homemade meatballs! They're things that no one else will notice is Gluten Free, and people will still think are delicious.
The toughest part is the fact that I'm not a good baker. I really miss those good Christmas baked goodies, and have a hard time feeling as festive as I once did. I generally buy my baked goods now (Shout out to Amanda at A1 Gluten Free Gals in Oshawa! She's been a saving grace!) But sometimes it is just not the same. Part of what I find so enjoyable about the holidays is going through the motions!
The baking, the shopping, the wrapping, the eating, all of it I find makes a more enjoyable and well rounded holiday season. There are so many things in the life of a Celiac or Gluten Intolerant person has to adjust, or change to make it work for them. I think the best thing to do is just embrace what you have to work with, enjoy what you can, and find happiness in the little victories.
May you have plenty of Gluten Free goodies, meatballs, appetizers, pizzas, and more!
What is your best Holiday tip? Comment below!