I'm not opposed to holiday treats, and yes, my kids have actually been known to enjoy a candy cane or two near Christmas. But I find I have to wisely navigate this season, allowing treats (and enjoying them!) but not allowing them to overtake us.
I am intentional when it comes to holiday sweets. Intentional to keep the focus off of sweets at home. Intentional with the treats I allow my children to enjoy. Intentional with the treats I choose to make for my family.
We are offered so many treats during December wherever we go, so I try to not make very many here at home. I focus on making yummy foods we love that are not sweet. But we do have our traditions that we love...my sisters, Mom and I normally spend a day making Christmas cookies together. We have some traditional family favorites we love to make, but we also try to include a low-sugar recipe or two (like shortbread or rugelach), and we tend to keep the cookie size small.
For more tips of navigating the festive sugar overload without being a grinch about it, here's last year's post with more ideas, and below are a few yummy recipes we love that are special (don't make 'em everyday) but aren't sweet:
Cheese Pretzels (sourdough version, regular version)
Nutmeg Flips (I'm sharing that recipe with you soon!)
Pancakes (sourdough, regular)--while we make pancakes regularly, I will add special items I don't typically add, like dark chocolate chips (lower in sugar) or cherries.
Crunchy Cheese Twists
Skewer dinners or snacks
Ham & Potato Chowder
And I always order a big box or two of these--the yummiest "clementines" ever!