With Christmas just around the corner, we're all thinking of the same things, right? Gifts, drinks, food, celebration... One of the most widely celebrated holidays worldwide, Christmas is both a religious holiday and a secular commercial phenomenon celebrated on December 25 every year. Here's a little more about the traditions, food, and some tips for a healthier celebration this year.
The holiday traditionally honors the birth of Jesus Christ but has evolved to become a secular celebration, incorporating many cultural traditions globally. There are Christmas parades in Manila, Sweden's famous Gävle Goat, New Zealand's crimson-flowered Pohutuka trees, and so many, many more. And you can't forget Santa Claus! You know, the jolly, bearded man from the North Pole who delivers presents to good children around the world on Christmas Day?
If Christmas is a religious holiday for you, you'll likely attend church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (or both!) no matter where you are in the world. But whether you're religious or not, Christmas is a time of hope, light, joy, goodness, and family. Christmas is a time to come together and "be merry." If you don't believe us, just check out all the songs, movies, poems, and stories about the holiday!
We're all for Christmas traditions. Building snowmen, watching holiday films, kissing under the mistletoe, caroling, sledding in the snow... we can't wait! But there's also another thing we're looking forward to—the traditional food! Read on to learn more about some of our favorites later in this piece.
Like most of our favorite holidays, Christmas is traditionally celebrated by ending the day with a table filled with rich, savory, and sweet foods. Christmas meals vary widely, depending on country, tradition, and family, so it's impossible to give you an extensive list of holiday foods. From German Stollen and Anglo-Indian Guava Cheese to Italian Panettone and American-favorite Roast Turkey, there are just so many! Still haven't figured out what you're serving this year? Here are just a few traditional foods that date far back in the past to give you some ideas—some of which are still wildly popular today.
Are you wondering about the calories, carbohydrates, fats, and more in these foods? Here’s a visual rundown of the nutritional content of each one, from our dietitian at NutriSense, Kasey Brixius:
In addition to these popular dishes, consider charcuterie boards, a dessert table with cookies and pies for your holiday table. With the average Christmas meal clocking in somewhere around 7,000 calories, it can be easy to ignore your health over the holiday, but remember, you can indulge without ruining your health with moderation and mindfulness.
Indulging in traditions with family is important. But, if you're health-conscious, trying to lose weight, have a chronic condition, or struggle with blood glucose issues, the season can seem a little overwhelming. Here's a little refresher to help you stay healthy and control your blood sugar over the holidays:
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