Christmas this year was relaxing, joyful, and full of family and good food. And then yesterday was a day full of sleeping in, lounging, and eating Christmas leftovers.
We filled up on delicious Christmas Eve dinner and then went to the 10 o’clock candlelight service at church which was beautiful, and came home to get into our PJs and cozied up next to the fire.
We slept in on Christmas day, ate brunch around 11, did a little gift giving, and spent the day cooking, relaxing, and just being together. A sweet couple days for sure.
Whenever we do lots of cooking it’s always a group effort around here. My brothers can cook and momma Coale is unmatched in the kitchen. Just my humble opinion. So Scott made the beef tenderloin and scallops and mashed potatoes. Steven made the pecan sticky buns [holy moly so good!] and homemade bread, I did all the desserts and green bean casserole and spinach dip, Momma Coale did everything else, and Billy and Andy are very good at building fires and keeping them burning.
We’re all about teamwork over here.
As I sat in church Christmas Eve night with my family, I looked down the row at all of us and my heart was flooded with love and gratitude. We were all here, all together without work or life or other busyness to get in the way. It was a very Merry Christmas. I hope yours was too!
And I also hope there wasn’t a lick of guilt associated with it. I get a lot of reader emails asking how to avoid food guilt. The other day a reader commented on how to avoid feelings of guilt when indulging or over indulging during the holidays.
In past years, I’ve had plenty of holidays that were followed by food guilt and a pledge to eat healthy the next day. So how do you avoid feelings of guilt and self punishment and promising yourself you’ll clean up your diet, down green smoothies and salads and work out extra long?
Because one or two or ten cookies are just cookies until we make them mean we’ve gained five pounds.
One or a few glasses of wine is just wine until we think our pants are instantly a bit snugger.
A sticky bun is just a delicious creation of butter, sugar, and flour until we make it be an intense workout the next day.
And feeling full or even a little stuffed is just a temporary feeling until we start attaching guilt and shame to it.
Because food is just food until we let our minds convince us otherwise.
Spend time with your family, appreciate all the yummy food, and let it be just that.
Instead of wallowing in feelings of guilt and eat-clean-and-workout-hard, think of all the delicious food as a blessing and soak up these last few days of 2013.
Green smoothies and sweaty workouts will always be here.
But ya’ll, the holidays won’t.