Holiday foods are near.
If you ask anyone what they ate for breakfast the two days before Christmas last year, you’d likely get a blank stare. Ask them how many Christmas cookies they ate, or perhaps, what the fifth bite of spinach artichoke dip actually tastes like… just a guess, but, we’re betting their eyes go a bit glassy and they start to look around for someone to save them from you.
Ask the same person whom they visited or what holiday parties they attended and they will quite likely begin to regale you with stories of laughter and joy. They may even remember exactly what they wore when. The memory is a beautifully complex thing.
The trouble is, we spend an inordinate amount of time planning the party and festivity food. We have entire traditions based around when and what we will eat. Special brunch on Christmas Eve and that beloved dessert after the prime rib on Christmas. There’s the family recipes and the entire meaning of the holiday gets all mashed up with a bunch of butter and served on a tacky holiday plate.
This may seem like a dead horse but it bares addressing. People are important. Relationships are important. Holidays and celebrating our time with loved ones is IMPORTANT.
Food, or rather the foods we traditionally associate with holidays, are not important. Placing food at the center of holidays and tradition doesn’t increase their draw. It distracts from the spirit of aliveness in getting together.
Be with your loved ones. Enjoy some treats. Make a conscious effort to be mindful of each indulgent bite. But, for all kale sake, don’t mindlessly graze while listening to Uncle Bob’s fishing stories.