Do we actually need any excuse to get into the festive spirit? The oblivious answer is a big NO. This month we’ve seen many families and people of all ages celebrate a favourite tradition of ours known as Christmas in July. While many enjoy Christmas in July, it is not without its critics.
Is Christmas is July is weird?
Some believe that celebrating it cheapens the real Christmas and is even disrespectful to the Christian holiday. Others suggest that it is a highly commercialised event, created by big business as a marketing ploy.
Australian Christmas is usually hot and sticky. Families all around the country still settle down to roasts and puddings but it never feels quite the same as the Christmases we see in the movies. Celebrating the second Christmas in winter seems like the perfect solution to the problem and this year, hundreds of families will be digging out their decorations and putting on their best Santa Clause jumpers ready to celebrate the holiday when it’s nice and cold outside.
While talking about Christmas there is a common cycle for every Christmas. Last year, I found a short and cute infographic related to it. It summarises pretty much everything we do in a Christmas celebration. Here I’m sharing the infographic for you:
I have something more useful to you. IDEA! Yes, unique gift ideas for Christmas. I’m kind of an infographic freak, so I got most of my weird or smart ideas from them. Here is the one I’m taking about now. Last year it saved me well, maybe it’s your turn this year.
Inforgraphic Credit: stephensfinefoods.com.au
My Christmas Inspiration – Pudding!
No doubt that the best thing about Christmas, is the food. I don’t know about others but I eagerly wait for Christmas specially because of its yummy dessert range – puddings, cakes, pies etc. Although I see pudding everywhere but Christmas puddings are different specially the plum pudding or traditional Christmas pudding.
You can also gift a pudding or Christmas desserts to someone you care about. Great! Isn’t it? If you or your mom isn’t a good backer don’t be upset, now a days there is a lot of online stores that delivers Christmas desserts like cake, traditional Christmas pudding and pies.
So to me Christmas is Christmas no matter when you celebrate it, in hot summers or cold winters. Enjoy PUDDINGS!
If you’re just starting out with a gluten free lifestyle, you may be struggling to stay the line. Many people that discover that they are gluten intolerant later in life can find it difficult to make the transition and adjust to the new diet. Luckily, there are more people turning to gluten free foods in recent times now more than ever, meaning there’s a lot of people in the same boat and plenty of ways to make sure you avoid gluten foods. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you along the way.
Broaden Your Shopping Horizons
There’s no way around it, changing your eating habits and going gluten free will reduce your options. You’ve become accustomed to eating nearly anything and not thinking twice about it, but now you may feel that you have very few options.
However, this is not completely the case, you just have to look around a little harder. Specialist stores are popping up all over the place and most supermarkets are now stocking a fine selection of gluten free foods. Even delicacies and sweets have their gluten free alternative. You’ll find that most cake shops and even online stores will have gluten free options. Gluten free puddings, for example, are popular options and are offered by a number of highly regarded fine foods suppliers all over the country. Seek and you shall find!
Understand That Variety Is Key
This is good advice to everyone. The key to a good, healthy diet is balance and variety. Eat too much of one thing and you’re probably not giving yourself the best chance of staying healthy. If you’ve recently decided to change up your diet, you may be finding it hard to figure out what to eat, given that your options are reduced.
Finding a few gluten free dishes that you love is great! But it’s important to remember not to rely on them too heavily and try to ensure you have a varied diet. This can take a bit of an effort on your part, but it’s well worth it; you’ll look and feel great as a result.
Get A Gluten Free Cookbook
This is one of the best way to ensure you have plenty of go-to gluten free dishes that you can whip up in the kitchen. Having a few trusty recipes on hand that you can practice and perfect can also help to develop your passion for cooking, which is another big plus. If you like spending time in the kitchen you’re going to find it a lot easier to maintain your new lifestyle and eating habits into the future. There a plenty of gluten free cookbooks out there that come highly recommended so why not check out a local bookshop today.
The gluten free lifestyle can be maintained, it just takes a bit of an adjustment and a bit of an effort on your part. Stick to these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier diet that makes you feel great.