December is a whirlwind of activity for many families. If you manage food allergies, planning is key during the Christmas season. It will help you enjoy your family time to the fullest. Here are some tips from Kids With Food Allergies for that most joyous time of year:
1) Download Our Christmas Tip Sheet
Our new handout provides tips and ideas to safely celebrate Christmas with food allergies. Share with friends, family and teachers. Safely celebrate with friends at home. Find new traditions for your family. Create a safe environment away from home. Work with your school to have non-food celebrations.
2) Make Allergy-Friendly Treats
Make allergy-friendly cookies or candy with your children. These are great to take as a special treat for a party or to leave some for Santa. Find a new family favorite from our #CookieSwap recipes. Here are a few of our most popular holiday cookies:
Egg-Free, Milk-Free Thumbprint Cookies - jam-filled shortbread cookies with a gluten-free option
My Favorite Egg-Free Holiday Cookies Recipe - roll-out sugar cookies perfect for decorating
Egg-Free, Milk-Free Gingerbread Cookies - a holiday favorite with a gluten-free option
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies - a classic free of major allergens
Mock Buckeyes - a favorite made peanut-free
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles - chocolate-covered cookie dough bites with a gluten-free option
Marshmallows - using corn-free Golden Syrup, perfect for floating on hot chocolate
Allergy-Free Sugar Tree - create a stunning sugar tree sculpture with just sugar
3) Learn Ways to Communicate Your Needs
Are you wondering what to say to family and friends? Use these resources to learn ways to educate others about the seriousness of food allergies.
- Food allergy author and coach Sloane Miller, MFA, MSW, LMSW, discusses what you need to know to communicate your needs in Food Allergy Confidence During the Holidays.
- Psychologist Gianine D. Rosenblum talks about Coping with Food Allergy Anxiety and provides universal tips useful for everyone.
- Two allergists share their own holiday stories about Navigating the Holidays with Food Allergies.
- So What’s the Big Deal about Food Allergies? is an informative handout to share with people who do not deal with food allergies every day.