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Holiday Survival Guide: To Gift or Not to Gift

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Let me begin by saying I love the holiday season. Just about everything about it excites me. From the hustle and bustle of the crowds at the local mall to the quiet calm of Christmas Eve. I love the holidays and all the trappings that come with it. Whether its Rudolph’s bright blinking nose or the sacred stories of an infant’s birth, there is nothing I don’t love about the holiday season and its myriad of traditions.

However. <ahem and holly> This year I may be accused of being a little bit like ole Ebenezer Scrooge and bah humbugging some people’s holiday expectations of me.

Changing a Tradition

For the past 20+ years, I have joyfully spent some of the holiday season in my kitchen, whipping up numerous batches of homemade fudge of all flavors. Chocolate, peanut butter, and butterscotch, with walnuts and without.

I love making the fudge and gifting it to my friends, and family. Many of them anticipate it enough that they starting hinting sometime around Halloween about their hopes for some fudge under the tree.

This year I find myself struggling just a little about creating these delectible food gifts. Because, as you know, I have chosen to become a healthier person by making better and more informed choices about the foods I eat. I am starting to think that in some small way I could be hindering others who may be on their own healthy journeys.

What to do? What to do?

Recipe Redo?

I could share my recipe with you, but then I would have to kill you. ;0)

Suffice to say that the recipe calls for 5 cups of sugar and 2 sticks of butter among its ingredients. It’s a 5 lb recipe, so the math is pretty easy to figure: each pound is half sugar.

That can’t be good.

Well, it actually is very good, but not exactly a healthy choice.

I attempted ever so briefly to try to change the recipe. I considered using sugar substitutes, perhaps, or skim milk. But if you’ve ever made fudge, you know it is very temperamental and resistant to change.

Interestingly enough, I have been accused of the same thing.

So I found myself continuing to wonder, What to do? What to do?

Guilt Free Gifting

After a couple of weeks of considering my options, I made the following determinations about gifting the fudge, or any food products.

  1. Cut smaller pieces and package the gift in smaller quantities. Less work for me and perhaps less wasteful as well since 2.5 lbs of fudge is a lot of fudge.
  2. Include a note encouraging the receiver to share the gift with others. Perhaps even provide a smaller tin to encourage the sharing.
  3. Package it with a healthier choice such as some apples or oranges.
  4. It really is the thought that counts

Enjoying the Season

So this year, my friends will receive the smaller amounts which they will no doubt enjoy. And who knows? They may also, perhaps, even be grateful not to have that much decadence in the house to tempt them. After all, right after the holidays is the New Year, and we all know what the number one resolution is, don’t we?

Yes, I too, will be resolving to remain on my healthy path. Because as always, I am not done yet.

Happy Holidays, My Friends.

~Dexter

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