As the holidays quickly approach, for many people, there is a dread dealing with family, friends, and lots and lots of food. For many people, the holidays means food – turkeys, hams, candied yams, mashed potatoes, and the dessert table – pies, cookies, chocolates, cakes, and more. Often, there is the year end feasting and the new year dieting. An annual cycle.
I grew up having family celebrations for the major holidays which would consist of a buffet long table overflowing with food. It was always done pot-luck style, where every family brought a dish. There were so many people in the house that you sat anywhere you wanted to and would often eat at least 2 meals from the buffet as lunch turned into dinner. Any holiday gathering was definitely an adult free meal as soon as I was old enough to help myself from the buffet. I got to choose what I wanted and ate it at my leisure.
If you have little ones in the house, a benefit of the holidays can be family meals, but it also means the little ones are looking up to the adults in the house to see how to handle these situations and to possibly try new things. For me, the holidays were not necessarily a sit down family meal as you can’t fit 40+ people around a table, but it was a good lesson of different people have different tastes. On the buffet there were lots of foods I never liked, and there were occasions that I tried foods that I never had had before. It was at a family holiday that I first tried yams and coffee. The first I still enjoy, and the later, I never consumed again.
The holidays are a time for family, friends and joy. Enjoy the visits you have with those you love and the food you get to share with them. Try not to think about what you “should” or “shouldn’t” be eating. Enjoy the food you eat and eat until you are content.