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.
This is not easy to write. To prepare for this post, I’ve had to remember some of the scariest times we’ve had with food allergies. Knowing that things I did (even though they were accidents) may have caused these situations, makes my heart ache. The Mom guilt is real. And exposing my incompetence to the world is even harder. Luckily, my daughter’s reactions were mild, but I don’t know what I would’ve done if my daughter would have had full-blown anaphylaxis (and even thinking of that is too difficult). Let’s just say I’m SO THANKFUL that all the situations turned out well and we can now just call these situations learning experiences.