I’ve been sick. Very yucky sick. Honestly aside from the occasional cold, I really don’t get sick very often, but this stomach virus has knocked me on my behind, and my appetite and my disposition have both suffered a substantial blow. Suffice it to say I’m not feeling the spirit of the approaching holiday. My children have come home from school with bags of candy for the last couple of days (swell, thanks), and are eagerly anticipating their Easter baskets.
The stores are telling me it’s long past time to buy candy; the magazines are telling me to shape cakes and pies into rabbits and eggs, to dip cookies in icing and draw faces on them, to put candy ON cakes. There are filled chocolate bits everywhere. Now I DO like chocolate, but good grief. I have to continually remind myself that each and every one of these holidays means SOMETHING other than a sugar landslide – that people celebrated these holidays in times when our average sugar intake was much lower. I’m guessing that meant they didn’t quite go about these days in the same way.
Whatever these holidays mean to you personally, I wanted to share with you the thing I must continually remind myself of: these are OUR holidays. Last year I described my kids’ pre-school Easter party as part of a habit driven holiday, that sometimes tradition drives our celebration in ways that don’t really fit our beliefs or our goals anymore. But our holidays need not be habit driven. You get to decide how to go about them. We get to decide how many desserts to serve (or how many to eat). If you have little ones, you are allowed to set limits (really, you may be surprised by how easily that goes over). You can decide to come up with an activity to occupy more of the day to take the focus off food. You can start a new tradition based on whatever meaning you want the day to have for you and your loved ones. And you needn’t give up all the other things that your kids might be expecting in order to do that. There is a lot of grey area here friends. And the lovely thing is that YOU get to navigate that grey area and celebrate your holiday in a way that creates joy and well-being for you. The holidays are joyful, particularly when we pause and remember that they are about more than baskets of candy.
I am off shortly to procure some Jordan almonds (the surprise winner in last year’s minimalist Easter basket). This year the awesome twosome will get a little Easter candy and some spring outdoor play bits in their baskets. We’ll then go their grandmother’s house for an egg hunt and supper with the family. As you prepare for whatever the week brings for you, I hope you remember that there is always room for a new, healthier tradition. And whatever you are celebrating this week, I hope you have a fabulous time.
Look here for specific suggestions on maintaining healthy eating habits in the face of a holiday.
Here are some lessons learned from our last Easter gathering, including a recipe for a super over-indulgence recovery smoothie.
This post was shared at the Creative HomeAcre Hop.