We all know that food is a very social thing in our society which is multiplied by like, a million, during the holiday season. Food is the staple at every holiday party, no matter what is specifically being celebrated. Each family has their own traditional dishes that they serve, and each family member adds their special touch to their signature dish.
Tradition is something very important when it comes to the holidays. At my house, we always have my Uncle’s delicious ham, my Aunt’s cheesy potatoes, and approximately four different types of taco dips (we cut no corners when it comes to anything taco/nacho-related).
Everyone expects a certain spread when it is time to visit the buffet, so what happens when all of a sudden you can’t enjoy this part of the holiday tradition? It can be very emotional, as silly as that may sound to some people. I know that all of us g-free folks understand how something as simple as a taco dip or cheesy potato can bring sadness.
Now that we have established that it is completely legit to want to cry at the holiday buffet, we need to also address the fact that it is important to man up and say, “Screw you, taco dip that contains ingredients I am not sure of! I don’t need you to enjoy the presence of my friends and family!”
The point is, while food is something very important to tradition, it is also not the be all and end all. Remember the true meaning of the holidays – it doesn’t have to do with eating five helpings of everything on the table and washing it down with a Christmas cookie.
Also, another good way to combat the food-induced holiday depression is to take matters into your own hands. If there’s a dish you really want, talk to the family member or friend that normally makes it and see if they can sub items for gluten-free alternatives. Or, do as I do and recreate my favorites with gluten-free options all on my own. For the past three years I have made a special gluten-free version of my grandma’s delicious meatballs so my mom and sister (both gluten free) could enjoy with me!
Making new traditions is always fun as well. If you’ve never been big on making Christmas cookies and you just relied on others, now is your time to shine. You can start a new tradition by making your own batch of gluten-free cookies to share with your loved ones. You might find that it is actually rewarding!
What are some tips that help you get through the holiday season gluten-free and happy? Share in the comments!
Laura Hanley, known as G-Free Laura, has been gluten-free since 2009 and reviews products,restaurants, and writes aboutgluten-free experiences on her blog, www.gfreelaura.com. Laura’s passion for spreading g-free love has led her to become a Guest Blogger for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, writing bi-weekly reviews on the Gluten-Free Hot Products Blog. Visit Laura on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Google +