Foods for the Christmas Holiday

Foods for the Christmas Holiday

The holiday treats can be extravagant but simple. The foods do not have to be complex meals that take hours to prepare. You can offer some nice foods that will augment the home. People who use the basics such as candy canes and holiday recipes to prepare and serve foods have a head start on the settings for the season. Don’t forget about the popular gingerbread house and ginger bread cookies. The list of treat that you can serve is endless. Think in terms of main dishes, desserts, snacks, punches, candies chocolates and breads.

Holiday foods are another wonderful focal point that you serve when and where you want. Set a dish of mixed nuts by the door and you will have a nice offering. They do not need refrigeration and are nutritious as well. You don’t have to worry about overnight storage and they will remain fresh for the entire season. Wrapped candies make nice edibles that will blend into the home. Offer them as a parting gift as people leave. You can use the candy canes and the other little treats that you have to spread around the tables or other areas around the home in small dishes. Keep them handy. Don’t forget about fruits. Fruits are another healthy way to offer a yuletide gift of the holiday.

Treats like baked goods and cookies are easy to serve and they do not take much time to prepare. Serve them as a desserts or light snacks for the family and friends. Make a nice home holiday gift basket with individually wrapped small cheeses and different snacks like crackers, jellies and breads. Baking and cooking during the holiday does not have to be a major event if you do not have time to make the things you want. You can order or buy frozen items and just heat and serve.
Holiday recipes are a wonderful way to send your greeting to all and give them a treat they will enjoy. Make a statement with Friendship bread. Make a batch of Christmas sugar cookies and have the family decorate with names those people you want to honor. Candied cranberries will definitely get their attention. You can use part of the recipe as a glaze for a ham or just as a side dish for dinner. Now don’t forget that sometimes maligned fruit cake. It can be a fun center of attraction and can make for great conversation.

The holiday would not be complete without the traditional serving of the punch. The punch bowl options can be endless. Cranberry punch, eggnog, rum punch and cider. Why not do something original and make a holiday iced tea with green tea and cranberries as a garnish. Mint leaves on the side will give the whole thing a hoServe the tea in iced glasses with scones and homemade pudding. You can event take it a step further. Pick up a decorative ice tray to make creative ice cubes. Apple cider is always in demand during the holiday. It can work as a hot drink with cinnamon stick or as a cold drink with shaved iced. The punch bowl can be a good place to set a focal point where folks gather to talk. How about a nice rum punch. Hot butter rum or rum balls served with macadamia nut coffee is one way to get everybody’s attention this season.

Some exciting side dishes include green beans with tomatoes, marinated mushrooms or matzo ball soup. Other snacks to think about can be peanut brittle, biscotti, Christmas fruit mince, and Christmas plum pudding. Make a holiday salad with red and green bell peppers. Add your favorite dressing on the side and there you have it. A nice tossed holiday salad with nature’s own holiday colors. Cherry tomatoes and red romaine lettuce will make a nice supplement and taste great.

The main thing to keep in mind as you think about decorating for the holiday is to take care of yourself. You want to stay on top of the process. Make sure you plan ahead and also remember to make sure your resources work for you. If you cannot find one of the things on your list, replace it with something else and move on. The holiday is a time of giving and remembrance. A time to relax and to acknowledge all the things family and friends are all about.

Make sure you continue to take care of yourself and watch for the red flags. The signals that you are getting too stressed about the planning. Make sure you continue to do the things that keep you focused. Do not overload yourself and take on tasks that you are not sure you can complete with relative ease. Some people will work themselves into a frenzy getting ready for the holiday and then do not enjoy it because they are just too tired from planning the whole thing.

You should keep yourself healthy and do not take on so much that you feel as if nobody appreciates what you have done for them. Remember if you keep it simple relax and execute, you have a better chance to get things done. So go ahead and enjoy and relax.

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