Many Christmas traditions involve food. You know, building and decorating gingerbread houses, opening chocolate candy from the advent calendar, putting milk and cookies out for Santa. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but the food focus can be REALLY hard when you’ve got a child with food allergies. So what happens if we don’t want to focus on food-based traditions? Or maybe we just want something a little less intensive than Elf On A Shelf? Well, I’ve got you covered! I’ve scoured the internet for some fun, meaningful food allergy friendly holiday traditions & activity ideas and included a few of our own traditions as well.
Going out to someone’s house and explaining how to safely manage food allergies can be exhausting. Going to a potluck, BBQ or family event where the food and environment are unknown adds a whole new layer of stress. Sometimes I feel like it’s just easier to stay home. But after 10 years of living with food allergies, I also know that loneliness is real and can be just as bad as the food allergies themselves. Which is why I’ve started to intentionally work on going to more social events. In doing this, I’ve come up with a few things that help mentally and practically when going to potlucks & BBQs.