Holiday Treats and Nice Neighbors

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2008-12-25 06:01:14 -0600
Started 2008-12-20 17:21:10 -0600

So I absolutely love the city and neighborhood I live in. We have so many kind and thoughtful neighbors. People love to show their thoughtfulness during the holidays by delivering wonderful homemade treats. They taste great, but boy is it a nightmare if you're trying to eat healthy!

Every time I walk through the kitchen, there is some new decadent treat to tempt me and all that are in our house.

How do we start a new neighborhood tradition? One that doesn't involve sugar-laden baked goods?

22 replies

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-22 05:02:10 -0600 Report

Many of us at the our church serve a meal between 11am - 1 pm for the unfortunate. A small nice homestyle meal. The unbelievable outpour of food and cookies given by the church members are wonderful. You know people are overloaded with so much junk food when they bring it in and say, we have so much food. Last year someone brought in boxes of candy. This year we made a point to got to the dollar store and bought some plastic food containers and Christmas bags to send leftovers home with the families. Most of them are older people, but this year as we speck we have a family with 4 children coming the youngest being being 2. We passed that on with the kids ages and a tremendous reponse from parishers. We wrapped things people brought in. We will not give it to the children Christmas Day, because we called the family yesterday to pick it up so they had stuff for under there tree. I wasn't there but my Mother said, the parents cried and say we shouldn't of done that because there children were so small they wouldn't know any difference.
Oh what a feeling…Debe

2008-12-22 09:40:27 -0600 Report

That story brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful thing for those children and parents. That's what the holiday spirit is all about.


2008-12-23 04:27:57 -0600 Report

Oh, what a great thing you all did for that family; so happy they will receive gifts, and they will remember, always| That was beautiful, thanks Debe; Always Claudia

2008-12-25 06:01:14 -0600 Report

John; Merry Christmas, and remember, watch that intake, sweets, I am not the police only a concerned member, but you know too well what to watch for and what to do. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Always; Claudia

2008-12-22 04:42:34 -0600 Report

I pass one plate of slices of homemade breads and one homemade ornament or small gift on to my neighbor, and they fill it with what they want and pass on to the next (usually the friday or weekend before Christmas)and and on and on, until it will comes back to you; usually within a crowd of people you where you all know each other. In this way it saves everyone money and you only get one tray of goodies. lilmarm52

2008-12-21 18:20:31 -0600 Report

While I used to be the one that gave the sweet treats to my loving neighbors and as someone said also, now they do it back even though they know I'm diabetic (they don't get it). Soooo… in an effort to make everyone happy. I thank them for the treats and then I take them to work!!! Putting a tray of cookies in the coffee station where I can't see them works for everyone and the guys at work think I'm a saint!! LOL

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-21 11:54:50 -0600 Report

Jerry Seinfeld did an entire show on "Re-Gifting." It sounds to me that you are a prime candidate. I have many sugar eaters in my family and when we have family gatherings out comes all of the goodies. The more goodies I get the more people I invite over. It works for me. Plus it is a way of avoiding hurt feelings.

midget 2008-12-21 10:16:32 -0600 Report

when i lived in Cali we made goodies to give to nieghbors of different cultures which was really nice but here we have busiiness all around us so we really don't do it here. but we do it with friends and that's nice.

2008-12-21 10:04:45 -0600 Report

I would suggest to make charitble donations to food pantries, etc. Or maybe gather your neighbors together to go caroling around the neighborhood, or to a nursing home or hospital. Also collecting Toy for Tots, or a clothing drive. Also, don't forget the pets in the shelters. Shelters are always in need of food and supplies all year round.

Anonymous 2008-12-21 13:33:06 -0600 Report

We give to food pantries throughout the year. People do not think about babies so I donate formula, baby food and baby juices. Sometime diapers. Makes you feel good to donate. I am always donating to our local thrift store called "All Things Possible". I am always changing things around in my house. I just gave away a purse and then mine broke. Oh well, someone can use it more than me. Hopefully "Santa"(husband) will buy me one. I have been such a good girl this year. LOL

GabbyPA 2008-12-21 09:03:29 -0600 Report

I am afraid that I am in the same situation, and I am one of the ones who passes out the goodies. I love to bake an it has always been a part of my holiday to create platters and baggies of yummies for gifts. Usually I don't mind, because it is "outgoing", but this year I had several people who are neighbors return the favor. Oh brother. It has been a really bad week for me. A snitch here, a nibble there. Oh my. It was easier to get thru Thanksgiving by far.

I love the idea of giving them to a homeless shelter. That would be a great thing to do next year. I will have to remember it. Homemade goodies are usually friendlier, but it is those tins of cookies and popcorn that just kill me. Those will be easier to "regift".

Avera 2008-12-20 22:04:38 -0600 Report

Hello All!

Just got back from a get together that was designed for the good health of all. Before we planned our Christmas Party, we already knew that a large number in our group had diabetes so we decided to plan our menu to that theme and make everything served low carb with only 10 grams of carbs per serving in any dish you were to bring.

Actually, everyone loved the idea and we competed to see which dish was liked the best. It was fun to bring up the "new" idea to eat healthy at a party and still feel like we were eating as usual. We all pitched in and donated a few dollars to the hostess and she baked a nice lean ham with not one tad of sugar to coat it with.

Then everyone else volunteered a kind of side dish or dessert to bring keeping each as low in carbs as possible. We even wrote out a little card for each dish with the nutrition information to sit by the dishes which were served buffet style.

We had talked at an earlier meeting of our organization about eating healthy and decided on this because of people speaking up about their medical conditions. AGAIN,,,if you are brave, lol, just tell your neighbors you are diabetic and cannot have sugar-laden treats even though you love them. I broke down and told the very best baker on my street this and told her that her baked goods were always awesome and if she ever made anything sugar-free I just knew it would be over the moon. She made me a low carb maple cheesecake MY oh MY was it fantastic.

I think sometimes we forget to communicate and compliment at the same time. All those wonderful cooks that love to cook will usually fix you that little something special just to show you they can and because they care.

By the way…our party food was all good except one dessert. It was this orange jello stuff with whipped cream. BUT, we ALL tried it and told the cook if she could make something that looked this pretty imagine what she could do with sugar free brownies. She vowed to bring some to the next meeting and plans to use the stevia she tried that someone brought to use in our coffee. She was amazed with it and she is NOT diabetic.

Hang in there JOHN,,,New Years is on the way and black-eyed peas and collard greens might be on the menu. lol


Anonymous 2008-12-21 08:41:40 -0600 Report

I do love the black eyed peas and collard greens. I just love veggies and salads. I could be vegetarian for about a week then I would need meat. LOL
I live in a condo where 3 of us are together. My neighbors and us put up our outside decorations together, the weekend after Thanksgiving. We have the icicles on all 3 houses. Looks great together. We do not do a theme we just decorate. Looks pretty cool all together. We all have different scehdules so it is hard for all of us to get together but when I see one of them in the parking lot or at Wal Mart and we always stop and chat. I am planning on making pumpkin bread today to give to them. Tommorow is candy to give to alot of people. Just my way of saying Merry Christmas to all. I buy cheap tins at the Dollar store or Big Lots so they can keep them to use next year.

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-20 20:36:28 -0600 Report

What a wonderful city you live in, my mean daughter made Naniamo bars for her sisters for christmas, I got to take home one of their tins, but being the good little nurse that she is said "sorry mom, none for you, you cannot eat them" not happy with her right now but guess I will get over it (lol) doesn't it bug you when people say you can not have something, I like to make up my own mind thank you.

sparkysmom 2008-12-20 20:30:37 -0600 Report

This year my friends got together and had a Sugar Free treat exchange instead of regulas cookies. There were so many GREAT treats including some from this site.

kdroberts 2008-12-20 17:31:54 -0600 Report

Organize a big party and have people bring stuff. Theme it differently each year in a way that promotes healthier foods. That way you get it all out of the way in one go and you can control some of the things there. The downside is that when people are as nice as you say they will make stuff for the party and give you the treats individually as well!

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-20 17:26:09 -0600 Report

i have always thought it nice ,when the churches in our area band together and take up food offerings in the neihborhood for those who have needs. it gets everyone into the spirit of christmas and fulfills the meaning of love!

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