Imagine for a moment that all the cookies, pies, treats, party food, and tins of homemade goodies were all OFF LIMITS to you during the holidays. How magical would the season really feel? ALL moms are the weavers of magic during the holidays—no question about it. But, us food allergy moms have to create that magic with one hand tied behind our backs and blind folded.
Creating “ALLERGY FREE” magic through the holidays is nothing short of a Christmas miracle.
Holidays: Food Allergies on Steroids
Christmas time is all about the food, right? Every single event is paired with something delicious to eat. If the holidays are a dieter’s worst nightmare, just imagine what goes through an allergy mom’s head when the opportunities for risk go through the roof.
We are on high alert when it comes to breakfast with Santa, cookie swaps, Christmas train rides, holiday parties, even secret Santa gift exchanges. Every single treat is a potential danger.
We have to be prepared, plan ahead, and spontaneity is a rare occurrence. Allergy moms must always be ON.
If it weren’t for the double duty that allergy moms pull during the holidays, then allergy kids might as well sit every holiday event out. So, to all you allergy moms out there, please know that I SEE YOU.
Making the Magic Happen
I see you Allergy Moms. I understand what goes in to making the magic happen.
We just want to be like all the other parents and pop into Walmart last minute for some pre-made, pre-packaged, good-ol’ high sugar treats. But, no. Instead, we spend endless hours of R & D finding an egg / dairy / nut / wheat free “Christmas cookie” recipe that doesn’t taste like banana (again).
We want to be like all the other parents that don’t have a clue what is being served at the preschool Christmas party. But, no. Instead, we stay up late crafting emails to parents about allergy friendly snacks, again.
Of course, we want to stop micro-managing the food intake for all members of the house. But, no. Someone has to keep the delicate balance between your kids-who-can and the kids-who-can’t have all the fun treats that come with the holidays.
Oh, fellow food allergy moms, I feel the deep breaths you take when your kid eyes the holiday party-table filled with Christmas Tree shaped brownies, bowls of Chex Mix, trays of chocolate dipped everything, party bags of Muddy Buddies, dishes filled beautiful pies, and little bowls of bright M & M’s scattered about.
I know you want to let him ravage the party table like the rest of the crazed children. But, no.
There is so much you do to keep your kid safe and happy–and that’s the real magic.
Allergy Moms are Christmas Miracles
Food allergy kids are told “no” a lot during the holidays: “no” to homemade treats; “no” to festive gingerbread houses; and even “no” to candy from Santa.
So, food allergy moms become next-level magic makers. We try and turn every potential “no” into a YES. We do this, so that our kids make holiday memories that will last a lifetime.
Allergy moms are holiday rockstars.
We’re like Santa and every last elf all rolled into one! We make the magic happen, and we do it allergy free. Boom! Microphone drop.
It’s a lot. It’s exhausting. But, somehow we manage to pull it off year, after year.
Even if your family, friends, and kids don’t see all that you do, I do.
I know who you really are, you weaver of all things magical.