Call me “Captain Obvious”, but it truly is important to remember that Christmas does only come once a year…
As we approached the holidays this year I felt overwhelmed and slightly upset with the abundance of articles focusing on how to have a “stress-free holiday” or a “healthy holiday”.
Personally, I found these articles to create much more hype over the holidays and all of the eating that comes along with them than necessary. Seeing article after article talking about how to stay “on track” with healthy eating over the holidays can really create anxiety for some people. The articles almost make it seem as though Christmas and unhealthy eating go hand in hand which, in my past experiences, can cause some people to stress even more about the holidays than they originally would.
Sure, these types of articles can help some of us in a way, but this year I figured out how to truly enjoy my holidays and not stress about anything all on my own…
I remembered that Christmas only comes once a year and to enjoy it while it is here.
Simple as that and it worked
My granny bedtimes were no longer, sleeping in wasn’t a big deal, I enjoyed the foods of Christmas, ate until I was full, and I took time off from the gym. A whole four days off from the gym in a row and it was the best decision ever.
Yes, we all know I love my sweat sessions, but I was finding myself stressing about finding the time to fit in an hour to sneak off to the gym, so why do it?
Why do something I am stressing over?
So, I eliminated my stress by not going to the gym. And instead I spent that precious time with my family. Like I said, a wonderful decision.
A couple years ago, this would have been unheard of. I needed to exercise every day, but this year I was able to be stronger and much more clear minded.
The gym will be there tomorrow and the next day and the next, but many of my family will only be here for the day.
Christmas is only one day.
The “feeling” of Christmas only lasts so long.
I spent my Christmas exactly how I wanted to and it was the best Christmas ever It was much different than any other Christmas though…
Christmas Eve dinner was just my parents and I (usually Christmas Eve is celebrated with my Mom’s side of the family)
We had a simple, but delicious dinner together and then went to church.
After church, we spent the rest of the evening (until 2:00 am!) with my Mom’s side of the family
Christmas morning was my parents and I again which was wonderful. I can’t complain about spending my favourite holiday with my two best friends
I got way too much it’s ridiculous, so I won’t even list it all, but just know I got a good haul
iPad 2 (with a keyboard stand!)
Cuddles was pretty adorable opening her stocking…
The rest of our day was spent with family. It was huge change for us this year because we hosted Christmas day dinner! So my Mom and I were busy bees all day getting the house and all of the wonderful food ready for our special guests
14 guests to be exact
I was in charge of the appetizer table and the quinoa salad
For dinner we had our traditional feast of crab (I think I won for the biggest “wad” this year)
Christmas day was another late night. We played Guesstures and Catch Phrase until the wee hours of the morning
Boxing day brought another celebration. We hosted another dinner at our house for my Mom’s brother and his family (my Auntie and three cousins)
I made my infamous Oven Roasted Garlic and Herb Potatoes (my Dad’s favourite dish. I have to make these every time I come home)
Oven Roasted Garlic and Herb Potatoes
1 lb. baby potatoes
3 – 4 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBSP herbes de Provence
2 TBSP olive oil
freshly ground pepper
salt (just a pinch!)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Wash and scrub potatoes. You can leave them whole if they are small enough, but halve or quarter any of the bigger ones to make all of them the same size.
Transfer clean potatoes into roaster. Toss with herbes, garlic, olive oil, pepper, and salt.
(I add a lot of garlic. I also use herbes de Provence plus any other fresh herbes that we have on hand; this year we had fresh rosemary, but I also always try to add in fresh thyme).
Once all ingredients are tossed together and all potatoes are lightly coated with oil, bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until potatoes are tender.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas I missed you all, so I am thoroughly looking forward to having a quiet evening at home tonight and catching up on all of my favourite blogs. I can’t wait to see how all of you celebrate Christmas!
Lots of love,
Was your Christmas everything you hoped it would be?
How many Christmas dinners did you attend? I guess we had three?
Share one family Christmas tradition you look forward to every single year! Obviously, I look forward to our annual crab feast But I also look forward to the family gift exchange. It’s not about the gifts, but my Dad has such a huge family (he comes from a family of nine), so I have a ton of cousins and the family gift exchange is one of the many ways we all keep in touch