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Christmas has evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, cultural and commercial phenomenon. It is one of the most festive Christian holidays celebrated on December 25 every year.

Before we go on, let me show you how I solve Christmas mathematical:

Biblically, Gods only begotten son = Christ

Involving or affecting large numbers of people = Mass

Therefore:- Christ + mass + December = Christmas (A large number of people celebrating the birth of Christ In December).

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Interestingly, when Captain Mynors sailed the Royal Mary past an Australian territory on Christmas Day in 1643, he named it “Christmas Island” in remembrance of that day. This name has stuck till date.

Now let’s ask ourselves the one million dollar question – The 3Ws

  • What is Christmas & what does it mean to you?
  • Why is it celebrated?
  • Who celebrates Christmas?

This post is not about why it should or shouldn’t be celebrated – this is not a preaching post ... but a post on how to enjoy every moment of this global event alone or with friends and family.

History

Briefly, December 25 was chosen by Pope Julius 1 in an effort to draw attention away from traditions of pagan festivals like Saturnalia.

By the end of the eighth century, the celebration of Christmas had spread further.

Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 to 14 days after the 25th. This is because Western churches use the Gregorian Calendar, while Eastern Churches use the Julian Calendar, which is 13 to 14 days behind the Gregorian Calendar.

Therefore, how this event is celebrated differs from one continent to another but one thing they all have in common is travel, family time, shopping spree, and lots of yummy meals.

Christmas In July

Christmas in July, or Christmas in Summer is a second Christmas celebration held in the summer season, mainly during July.

The event focuses the public to get in the mood of Christmas during the summer season, 5-6 months prior to reaching to December, with Christmas-themed activities and entertainment, including small Christmas events, Christmas music, Christmas specials, and as well as shopping.

Many countries especially New Zealand and Austalia like to spend their Christmas in July. It is in the countries of the Southern Hemisphere who celebrate it with its true essence. 

The primary reason is that seasons are in reverse to the Northern Hemisphere, with summer falling in December, January, and February, and with winter falling in June, July, and August.

They still celebrate Christmas on December 25 like other countries.

Why Christmas Is Important To Christians

Christians believe that the most triumphant moment in all of human history was the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world. Christmas is important because it observes the moment when that divine rescue plan began. Jesus, though God, also became a man.

Colors Of Christmas And What They Mean

  1. Green – eternal life of Jesus Christ. 
  2. Red – blood shed by Jesus Christ on the cross.

Other December Holidays Around The World

News flash – Christmas is not the only event celebrated in December. There are a host of other events around the world.

From Christmas to the last day of the year is packed full of different festivities.

These cultural and traditional events are a big deal and it’s centered around quality time with family and friends, travel, cooking traditional meals, and drawing closer to their maker.

Hanukkah

Also known as the festival of lights.

Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration that begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar.

The celebration involves the exchange of gifts and giving to the poor and needy.

Kwanzaa

This seven-day event was created by a Swahilian Dr Maulana Karenga in 1966 after the Watts riots in Los Angeles.

Kwanzaa celebration often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal.

Boxing Day

This holiday originated from the United Kingdom and it’s only celebrated in a few countries.

They are different ways these countries celebrate this day. For example –  In England, soccer matches and horse races often take place on Boxing Day.

Ōmisoka

This event is considered the second most important day in Japanese tradition as they say goodbye to the old year and usher in the new year.

Ōmisoka is celebrated with a bowl of toshikoshi-soba or toshikoshi-udon, a tradition based on eating the long noodles to cross over from one year to the next.

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2020

  1. Stage adaptation of a Christmas Carol postponed to 2021 – Mark Gatiss

Developmental Milestones And Appropriate Christmas Gifts

The primary focus here is the cognitive development. The focus is on how they interact with their environment.

There are variations from what is theoretically accepted as “normal ” because we are different and unique for the following reasons:

Genetic, cognitive, physical, family, cultural, nutritional, educational, and environmental factors. 

Therefore,  see this gift ideas as a guide and not a “must”. The primary reason why I compiled this list is to draw attention to the play learn approach, especially for children. 

Infant: 0 – 11 months

0-2 months – Learns about things by feel, sound, sight, and smell.

3-6 months

    • Uses eyes and hands together and plans, such as seeing a toy and reaching for it.
    • Demonstrate anticipatory behaviors, like rooting and sucking at the site of a nipple or bottle
    • Detect sound differences in pitch and volume
    • Discern objects more clearly within a distance of 13 inches
    • Focus on moving objects, including the faces of caregivers
    • See all colors of the human visual spectrum
    • Tell between tastes, from sweet, salty, bitter, and sour
    • Use facial expressions to respond to their environment
    • Explores things by putting them in mouth
    • Imitate facial expressions
    • React to familiar sounds
    • Recognize familiar faces
    • Respond to the facial expressions of other people

6-9 months

    • Starts testing cause and effect, such as seeing what happens when shaking a toy
    • Gaze longer at “impossible” things such as an object suspended in midair
    • Tell the differences between pictures depicting different numbers of objects
    • Understand the differences between animate and inanimate objects
    • Utilize the relative size of an object to determine how far away it is

9-12 months

    • Points and copies other gestures
    • Enjoy looking at picture books
    • Imitate gestures and some basic actions
    • Manipulate objects by turning them over, trying to put one object into another, etc.
    • Respond with gestures and sounds
    • Understand the concept of object permanence, the idea that an object continues to exist even though it cannot be seen.

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Toddler:

1-2 Years 

    • Identify objects that are similar
    • Imitate the actions and language of adults
    • Learn through exploration
    • Point out familiar objects and people in picture books
    • Tell the difference between “Me” and “You”
    • Understand and respond to words

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Preschoolers:

3-4 years

    • Ask “why” questions to gain information
    • Demonstrate awareness of the past and present
    • Learn by observing and listening to instructions
    • Maintain a longer attention span of around 5 to 15 minutes
    • Organize objects by size and shape
    • Seek answers to questions
    • Understand how to group and match object according to colour

4-5 years

    • Create pictures that they often name and describe
    • Count to five
    • Draw the shape of a person
    • Name and identify many colours
    • Rhyme
    • Tell where they live

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School Age

5 years

    • Knows how to make rhymes
    • Says full name, address, and phone number
    • Speaks clearly and uses sentences with five or more words
    • Tells longer stories using complete sentences
    • Uses future tense, such as, “We will go to the park soon.”

6  – 7 years

    • Understand the concept of numbers
    • Know day from night and left from right
    • Be able to tell time
    • Be able to repeat three numbers backward
    • Start to see that some words have more than one meaning. That helps them understand jokes and puns and start verbally expressing a sense of humor.
    • Sound out or decode unfamiliar words

8 years

    • Can count backward
    • Know the date
    • Know days of the week and months, in order
    • Like to collect things
    • Like reading more
    • Understand fractions
    • Reading skills become more sophisticated. Kids are reading more for content than to learn how to do it.
    • They will improve pronunciation and learn to follow more commands in a row than they could at age 7.

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Pre-teens

9 years

    • They can connect letters, write letters of the same size, and write in a straight line without lines on a page.
    •  Put their ideas in writing.

Girls

10 years

    • Point out the main idea of something she’s read
    • Explain how the author used facts to back up his ideas
    • Understand information detailed in drawings, timelines, and charts
    • Take notes, organize facts, and write reports from the material
    • Take part in class discussions and share her own ideas
    • In math, she should be able to do more difficult word problems and work with fractions and decimals

11 years

    • She may start learning mathematical concepts like variables, ratios, and negative numbers.
    • Start reading books that are more challenging.
    • She might also be reading or writing independently.
    • Developing the ability to think logically and solve problems systematically.

12 years

    • Social awareness is kicking into high gear.
    •  She’s making decisions about social media use, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and sex.
    • Help her learn how to make good decisions

Boys

10 years

    • His attention span is increasing, and judgment is improving. 
    • He’s developing abstract and critical-thinking skills.
    • He should be able to read and understand books that are more challenging and mathematical problems, including fractions, word problems, and multiplication and division involving long numbers.
    • He may start to show more creativity in things like writing, designing, or performing arts.
    • He might also start to develop hobbies or collect things.

11 years

    • Memorizing facts will come more easily.
    • They can pay attention for longer amounts of time.
    • They ask more questions

12 years

    • He’s more focused on how he looks and what he’s wearing.
    • He may express an interest in joining a gym or start exercising in his room.
    • He is able to handle more complex thinking now. This goes hand in hand with his expanding vocabulary.
    • Many boys play online video games that may warrant monitoring to ensure they are not sharing too much personal information

Appropriate gifts ideas 

Teens And Young Adults

The teen and young adult age is 13 – 19 years – when they feel at par with adults.

This developmental stage is tough not just on the teen but their parents as well.

Teenagers experience tremendous intellectual spurt where their thinking becomes more abstract and tough problem-solving more systematic.

Choosing appropriate gifts for them is not easy as their taste and need varies – and this is a challenge. But understanding them as a parent or guardian will go along way towards purchasing the appropriate gifts for it to be appreciated. 

Adults

Adult gift ideas you’ll find here

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Christmas Movies

I love watching films and it is with great pleasure that I present to you these Christmas movies just like I did with this post.

 

93 Christmas Recipes | Gifts 

Gifts | DIY

DIY Christmas On A Dollar

Pomander

Holly Bertone – pinkfortitude.com

The pomander has it’s origins back to the Middle Ages. Today, the Pomander is more associated with Colonial times, however, research varies if they were made mostly with apples or oranges. Nonetheless, a Pomander is a fragrant and festive decoration you can display at home, or give as a Christmas or holiday gift.

Seashell Ornament

Lisa Wells – coastalwandering.com

This project is so quick and easy you can fill your Christmas tree with seashell ornaments. These beach-themed holiday decorations are perfect for a coastal Christmas.

Christmas Gift BasketsCheap Christmas Gift Baskets
Annie Brown – savvyhoney.com
These Christmas gift baskets using Dollar Store items only cost $10 to make! You’ll find something to make for everyone on your list without breaking your budget. (There are five Dollar Store gift baskets in this post with directions on making all of them.)

DIY Gifts

Pocket Pack Tissue Holder

Julie Nyangosumoftheirstories.com

These tissue pack pouches are SO simple to sew, they are perfect for beginners, no mad sewing skills required! They make great stocking fillers or teacher gifts. Ideal for when you need a lot of little gifts for a group as they are quick to bulk make too.

Homemade candles

Audrey Wood – twopinkpeonies.com

These DIY candles make such a great gift. You can customize the scents used for a personalized touch.

Marbled Nail Polish Mugs

Rebecca Pytell – strengthandsunshine.com

Easy DIY marbled nail polish mugs make the perfect homemade gift! A simple craft is done in a few minutes that looks like it took hours of work!

Hot Cocoa DIY Holiday Gift with PrintableHot Cocoa DIY Holiday Gift with Printable

Lyne Proulx – ottawamommyclub.ca

These Rudolph Hot Cocoa gifts are so adorable that you can give them to everyone one on our Christmas gift list! They are super easy to make with your children and are an ideal gift for teachers, bus drivers, co-workers, or neighbours.

Mason Jar Gifts With Peppermint bark

Kam Kaillley – mapleplanners.com

Editable Christmas Gifts: DIY Mason Jar Gifts are fun and thoughtful. This homemade peppermint bark in a mason jar is a perfect gift for Christmas for friends, coworkers, teachers and your classmates.

Homemade Vanilla Extract
Jess Forsberg Jankowski – easybudgetrecipes.com
This Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe is incredibly easy to make and it costs just $1.05 per fluid ounce to make. It’s perfect for gifting.
Geometric Candle Holder
Sara Stanisz – ourkindofcrazy.com

These geometric candle holders will be a beautiful addition to anyone’s decor. They’re easy to make with simple materials

Painted Wood Bead Necklace

Jane & Sonja – sustainmycrafthabit.com

This painted wood bead necklace DIY jewellery idea makes a fabulous handmade gift.

Christmas Mason Jars

Jane & Sonja – sustainmycrafthabit.com

Save your mason jars and make this peek-a-book painted snowman and elf! Perfect for adults and kids.

Peppermint DIY Shower Steamers

Lisa Sharp – thestressfreechristmas.com

Learn how to make DIY shower steamers that will help make your shower even better. They use essential oils and are very safe to use and easy to make and make a perfect Christmas gift.

Crochet wipes
Andrea Fuchs – slowpacelifestyle.com
These crochet clothes are easy to make even for beginners and make a cute DIY present for anyone interested in a more sustainable lifestyle.
Tile Coasters
Chelsea Johnson – makingmanzanita.com
Everyone needs a good coaster! Use up your leftover tiles to make marble coasters. This video tutorial will walk you through all the steps to make your own DIY tile coasters! Bonus: they make great DIY Christmas gifts.
Lavender Vanilla Lip Scrub

Chelsea Johnson – makingmanzanita.com

Mom will love this DIY Lavender Vanilla Lip Scrub. It only takes a few minutes to make, so it’s a perfect quick gift idea.

Christmas Village Makeover

Chelsea Johnson – makingmanzanita.com

If you love neutral farmhouse Christmas decor, you’re going to love this DIY Christmas Village that gets an easy makeover! You’ll be headed straight to the thrift store to find your own village to makeover for less than $10!

Lavender Soap Heart Shaped
Dannica Gregorio – theinspirationedit.com
Today we have a fantastic lavender soap making tutorial. Making soap can be super easy and fun to do and I wanted to share this easy soap making process here on The Inspiration Edit.
Ryley Twist Beanie
Allyson Letal – thegoodsdesign.co
Give the gift of this versatile slouchy beanie for Christmas! It’s got a unique twisted top, and doubles as a messy bun hat, neck warmer and even a face cover.
Lip Balm
Melissa Griffiths – blessthismessplease.com
DIY Gifts: Homemade Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm is an easy to make a gift that is so bright and cheery to receive over the holidays. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make with only a few ingredients.
Village Wine Cork Ornaments
Alli Ward – madewithhappy.com
We love the idea of making a small ornament to include with gifts or by themselves. Simple, quick and kid-friendly craft.

Recipes

Bake

Puff-Pastry Christmas Tree

Emily Leary – amummytoo.co.uk

An amazing puff-pastry Christmas tree, filled with a spiced cranberry applesauce, topped with cinnamon and decorated with toddler-friendly treats.

Christmas Cake

Emily Leary – amummytoo.co.uk

A simple Christmas cake, packed with fruit and easy to ice.

Hot chocolate peppermint

Holly Bartone – pinkfortitude.com

The warmth of a cup of hot chocolate. The zing of a little peppermint. All in a cookie. That PS is gluten-free and vegan. This Peppermint Hot Chocolate cookie recipe puts it together with all of the flavor, but none of the sugar crash. Eat it. Dunk it. Take it to a cookie exchange. Leave it out for Santa. Just don’t call it ordinary.

Cookie Dough Fudge
Sara Schlegel Zenner – bitzngiggles.com
M&M Cookie Dough Fudge – A creative and delicious dessert that combines the flavour of cookie dough and creamy fudge, packed with festive M&Ms. Perfect for parties and the holidays!
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Kathy Gale Moorefield – athomewithkathy.com
There are few gifts as lovely as a fresh-baked loaf of bread. I love to gift this bread to my neighbours and friends. It is also a wonderful gift for new mothers and for those just home from a hospital stay and recuperating from an illness. There is something about homemade bread that just lifts the spirit and makes the heart smile! 
Healthy Vegan Thin Mints

Cassie Bains – cassclaycooking.com

Copycat thin mints are festive and delicious! What better way to celebrate Christmas than with minty chocolate cookies that are a hit amongst all.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Julie Blanner – julieblanner.com

 Learn how to make the easiest, sweetest little handmade Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments. Baking these two-ingredient cinnamon ornaments will fill your home with the scent of Christmas, and your kids will love joining in the fun!

Whoopie Pies Or “GOBS”

Kathy Gale Moorefield – athomewithkathy.com

Whoopie Pies are a wonderful sweet treat that everyone enjoys. Small children love that they each receive their own personal cookie. The Whoopie Pie has been a favourite in my family for 42 years now. 

Sweet and Spicy Cashews
Sandra Eliot – heavenlyhomecooking.com
Deliciously sweet with just a hint of heat, you won’t be able to stop nibbling on this tasty appetizer. Stress-free and easy to prepare, they are perfect for holiday parties or gifts!

Beverages

Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix

Rebecca Pytell – strengthandsunshine.com

A super simple 3-Ingredient DIY Vegan Instant Hot Chocolate Mix you can whip up in a flash! Sugar-free, gluten-free, paleo, and top-8 allergy-free, this healthy hot cocoa mix recipe is perfect for holiday gifts or stocking the pantry with a quick a cosy drink to warm the soul!

Rum & White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Sara Schlegel Zenner – bitzngiggles.com

Rum & White Chocolate Hot Cocoa – a heavenly combination of white chocolate, rum, marshmallows, drizzles of chocolate and a big swirl of whipped cream topped with sprinkles is the ultimate fall indulgence!

Gingerbread Cake With Caramel Icing
Lydia Croutch Beiler – thriftyfrugalmom.com
This super moist, easy gingerbread cake is topped with a simple homemade caramel icing for a delicious dessert that is sure to please!

Candy

Sesame Seed Crunch Candy

Rebecca Pytell – strengthandsunshine.com

A popular candy recipe with many variations throughout Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian, and Asian cuisines. This 3-Ingredient Sesame Seed Crunch Candy is perfectly sweet, nutty, gluten-free, paleo, optionally vegan, and top-8 allergy-free! Just toasted sesame seeds, honey, and sugar! Easy to gift or munch!

Christmas Candy

Nothing beats serving up a huge Christmas tin of chocolate peanut clusters that are a breeze to make yet look really impressive. Plus the bonus is that you can gift this to friends and family and it makes a great hostess gift and party favour too.

Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes with Marshmallows
Emilie Pianfetti – findingzest.com
Edible food gifts: These chocolate dipped candy canes are a simple edible food gift that kids can easily make! This affordable gift option pairs great with hot cocoa and a mug!
Candy Cane Reindeer Pops
Emilie Pianfetti – findingzest.com
Edible food gifts: These adorable candy cane reindeer are super simple to make and are sure to be a hit with kids!
Candied Nuts (Vegan + GF)
Rhian Williams – rhiansrecipes.com
These Candied Nuts are insanely moreish and satisfying snack and take less than 10 minutes to make! Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
 White Chocolate M&M’S Bark
Latina Mom Meals – latinamommeals.com
This year, if you’re looking for something different, this easy Christmas white chocolate M&M’s bark recipe is perfect for gift giving. Minimal work, cheap ingredients, and it makes a lot!
Crunchy Candied Pecans
Kathy McDaniel – lemonblossoms.com
Edible Christmas Gifts – Candied Pecans are easy to make and incredibly delicious. These Candied Pecans are coated with cinnamon sugar and make a tasty snack.
Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Pecans
Kathy McDaniel – lemonblossoms.com
Quick and Easy Christmas Food – Candied Sweet Potatoes are the perfect side dish for fall. Coated with butter and brown sugar and topped with caramelized pecans, these roasted sweet potatoes are sweet, savoury, delicious and easy to make.
Candied Walnuts
Aubrey Kitchen – aubreyskitchen.com

This recipe is so quick and easy that you can make these delicious candied walnuts in 5 minutes or less! Great as grab-and-go snacks, as a salad topping or with desert. Super cute for a holiday gift bag.

Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Rebecca Pytell – strengthandsunshine.com

The holiday season is not complete without Gingerbread Cookies! These classic gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free gingerbread men (and friends) are such a fun sweet treat for all to have this Christmas. Food allergies don’t have to get in the way with this dessert recipe!

Delicate Shortbread Cookies

Kathy Gale Moorefield – athomewithkathy.com

Shortbread is delicate, buttery, goodness. Growing up my family did not make Shortbread. I ran across the recipe in an old recipe book one night and gave it a try. 

Christmas Light Cookies

Bintu- recipesfromapantry.com

These easy Christmas Light Cookies are a fun and festive way to welcome in the holiday season. Cookie crafts are a great way to get the kids and the whole family into the holiday spirit too.

Christmas cutout cookies

Angela Gast – mightymrs.com

These make a fun family activity as well as a gift to neighbours, family members and coworkers.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Rebecca Pytell – strengthandsunshine.com

The perfect holiday cookie recipe that tastes just like Christmas! These Vegan White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are gluten-free, allergy-free, and full of dairy-free white chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies! Easy and delicious, they’re a fun addition to your seasonal cookie swap and dessert platters!

Christmas Cookie Sticks

Lyne Proulx – ottawamommyclub.ca

Edible Christmas gift-  If you’re looking for a Christmas cookie recipe that’s as fun as it is versatile, these Christmas Cookie Sticks might be just what you’re looking for to give as gifts! This recipe is perfect for cookie exchange parties.

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

Lisa Sharp – thestressfreechristmas.com

Christmas Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies are a fun, delicious and easy Christmas cookie to bake with your family this holiday season.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Kathy Gale Moorefield – athomewithkathy.com

Oatmeal Lace Cookies are thin, light, crispy, buttery, with a taste that is fit for the gods. These cookies whip up in a snap, no mixer needed, and only one bowl, making clean up a snap.

Grinch Cookies
These colourful and festive Grinch Cookies are super fun and easy to make! They’re sure to be a favourite at Christmas cookie swaps and holiday parties.
Almond Bar Cookies

Kathy Gale Moorefield – athomewithkathy.com

These soft and delicious Almond Cookies are just the Italian Almond Cookies I fell in love with many years ago. These cookies are easier to make as they are made as bars and are cut into squares. This also makes preparation faster and makes clean up a snap.

Orange And Cranberry Cookies
Simple Living Recipes – simplelivingrecipes.com
Quick and Easy Christmas food recipes: A delicious cookie with a natural hint of orange, cranberries and walnuts. It’s crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Just like it should be.
Magic Cookie Bars
Melissa Griffiths – blessthismessplease.com
Quick and Easy Christmas Food: Christmas Magic Cookies Bars are just that, magic! They are SO easy to make and you’ll love that you can add your favourite festive touches like-coloured candies and sprinkles. They’re perfect to give to neighbours and take to a get-together!
Soft And Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Kathy Gale Moorefield – athomewithkathy.com

These Oatmeal Cookies stay soft and chewy. These are a favourite in my house. This recipe is dairy-free as well.

Cookie Pops
Robin Means – vegandollhouse.com
Edible Christmas gift: Organic vegan cookie lollipops with minty chocolate centres and sprinkles all over
Soft Gingerbread Cookie 
Melissa Griffiths – blessthismessplease.com
Quick and Easy Christmas Food: Homemade Gingerbread Cookies are THE cookie of the holidays and this recipe is gingerbread perfection! With over 50 5-star reviews it is loved by many. Bonus: they freeze great!

Chill | No Bake

Old Fashioned Divinity

Shinee – sweetandsavorybyshinee.com

Nothing brings holiday cheer quite like old-fashioned Divinity. Soft and fluffy, sweet and creamy, the name says it all. It’s divine!

Vegan Peppermint Bark

Holly Bartone – pinkfortitude.com

You can go into any gourmet store, or even places like Williams Sonoma and pay serious moolah for peppermint bark. It is sooooo easy to make! And it’s perfect for your holiday guests, hostess gifts, or all-around holiday noshing. This vegan version is great for those with dietary restrictions.

Rocky Road Fudge

Jess Forsberg Jankowski – easybudgetrecipes.com

This Rocky Road Fudge recipe is loaded with mini marshmallows and toasted almonds. This fudge can be enjoyed year-round or dressed up for the holidays to give to friends and family.

Chocolate Peanut Clusters With Marshmallows
Emilie Pianfetti – ohmysugarhigh.com
Quick and Easy: Short on time for holiday baking? No problem! These chocolate peanut clusters with marshmallows only take 15 minutes to make and are easy to transport!
Vegan Chocolate Fudge (GF)
Rhian Williams – rhiansrecipes.com
This Vegan Chocolate Fudge is seriously indulgent, perfectly rich and creamy and secretly healthy. Also gluten-free and refined sugar-free.
Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
Kathy Gale Moorefield – athomewithkathy.com
These Fudge like Chocolate No Bake Cookies are divine. Cookies are fast and easy to make. These Chocolate No Bake Cookies may be made vegan quite easily.
Christmas Chocolate Tiffin
Katherine Hackworthy – veggiedesserts.com
All the best flavours of Christmas combine in this easy tiffin. Crushed ginger cookies add a little heat, along with the heady spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. The fresh zing of orange is lovely against the rich chocolate and sweet fruit. It’s rich, decadent and full of flavour. A perfect edible gift.
Ginger Pecan Brittle
Katherine Hackworthy – veggiedesserts.com
This ginger Pecan Brittle with chocolate drizzle is surprisingly simple to make! It’s also a perfect edible Christmas gift or at any time of year. Try this easy brittle recipe – a twist on the peanut brittle classic.
Chocolate Fudge
Elena Szeliga – happykitchen.rocks
Wonderfully sweet, delightfully gooey, this is without question the best chocolate fudge recipe made without condensed milk (and sugar!) you’re ever going to have! Feel free to indulge yourself with this vegan fudge without any guilt or second-guessing.
Granola Bars
Elena Szeliga – happykitchen.rocks
Healthy Chewy No Bake Granola Bars Recipe: The only recipe for granola bars you’ll ever need. Easy, delicious and customizable portable snack or breakfast treat packed with nutrients and flavour! It makes a great homemade Christmas gift as well!
Vanilla Pudding Puppy Chow

Bite-Sized Kitchen – bitesizedkitchen.com

Such a fun, easy AND irresistible snack made using either Chex or Crispix cereal. And BEST OF ALL? It only takes 5 minutes to whip up!!!

Cheese

Rosemary Garlic Marinated Feta Cheese
Ann Krause – sumptuousspoons.com
Serve this cheese simply with toothpicks~or with crackers or crusty bread. Crumble the feta over salads, pasta, rice, chicken, fish, Greek, Italian or other Mediterranean dishes. Use the flavoured oil for cooking, salad oil, or as a dipping sauce for your bread
Cheese Board
Melissa Griffiths – blessthismessplease.com
Quick and Easy Christmas Food: A fun and festive Christmas inspired cheese board is the perfect simple dish to make for a party or even bring to a friends to celebrate too! You’ll love how fun and easy this dish is!

Drinks

Ginger-Dates Coconut Milk

Nodiville – nodivilleblogger.com

This quick and easy to make drink was born out of the desire for a better milk substitute for tea, oat, a whole lot of meals requiring milk, and chilled drink for when the sweet tooth fairy visits.

Christmas Punch 

Jillian Jankowski Wade- foodfolksandfun.net

 This easy non-alcoholic Christmas Punch recipe is always a party favourite. All you need are just 4 simple ingredients and a large punch bowl!

Cranberry Pineapple Mocktail

Emilie Pianfetti – findingzest.com

Quick and Easy: Only a few simple ingredients are needed to make this cranberry pineapple mocktail. Serve this up for Christmas, Thanksgiving or New Years Eve for a tasty drink option suitable for all ages!

Cookies And Cream Coquito
Latina Mom Meals – latinamommeals.com
Finely crushed chocolate cookies, chocolate syrup, and a traditional Puerto Rican coquito creates a unique chocolate coconut drink!
Cranberry Vanilla Coke-tail
Latina Mom Meals – latinamommeals.com
Looking for a unique holiday label printable for gift giving this year? If so, I want to share with you my Latina themed gift label printable that you can attach to your gifts or the neck of bottles!
Grinch Punch
This colourful family-friendly Grinch Punch is great for festive entertaining since it can be made ahead of time. Easy to make with just 6 everyday ingredients and 5 minutes, so the kiddoes can even do it unsupervised.

Hummus

Hummus Wreath
Shelley Fulton – twohealthykitchens.com
Quick and easy Christmas food recipes – So quick to make, but this Easy Christmas Appetizer “Hummus Wreath” is guaranteed to impress everyone at your holiday party! Even better? It can be made completely ahead – total bonus during the busy holiday season!

Instant Pot

Cranberry Cornbread Bites

Wendy Stoltz – thisoldgal.com

Quick and easy Instant Pot Cranberry Cornbread Bites shaped like Christmas Jingle Bells, pair up for the perfect bite of sweet and tart spiced cranberries.

Maple Glazed Ham

Wendy Stoltz – thisoldgal.com

Instant Pot Maple Glazed Ham with its Caramelized Sweetly Spiced Glaze is a must-have for Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving holidays.

Turkey Breast

Diana Sh – littlesunnykitchen.com

Cooking for a smaller crowd for Christmas? Try this Instant Pot turkey breast instead of cooking a whole turkey. It’s easy and quick to make, and turns out so perfect and moist. 

Stuffed Turkey Breast

Shinee – sweetandsavorybyshinee.com

Ultimate Thanksgiving dinner on a small scale, cooked entirely in an Instant Pot in one go! Magic? Nah, just Instant Pot doing its thing!!! So this’s what we have on our Thanksgiving menu: Thanksgiving turkey breast with stuffing and mashed potatoes. Plus, gravy!!

Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Lisa Sharp – thestressfreechristmas.com

Try this homemade hot chocolate recipe this holiday season. It’s easy to make, delicious, and a wonderful gift. Once you try this you will never buy hot chocolate mix again.

Pie

Cranberry Pie

Kathy Gale Moorefield – athomewithkathy.com

 I am excited about sharing this fabulous Cranberry Pie recipe with you. I have always loved the paradox of opposite flavours and this pie, both tart and sweet, is a perfect balance between the two.

Popcorn

Toffee Crunch Popcorn

Ann Krause – sumptuousspoons.com

The perfect last-minute gift for that special someone this holiday season! This toffee crunch popcorn is a breeze to make and it’s quite affordable too, but it tastes soooo good. It’s got the perfect balance of sweet, salty and crunchy, with that oh so addictive English toffee flavour in a slightly healthier form.

Salads

Cranberry Fluff Salad

Jillian Jankowski Wade – foodfolksandfun.net

This Christmas Cranberry Fluff Salad is simply the best. It’s loaded with tart cranberries, whipped cream, pineapple, coconut, marshmallows, and pomegranate seeds.

Christmas Tree Salad

Shelley Fulton – twohealthykitchens.com

Quick and easy Christmas food recipes – The beloved, classic chicken Cobb salad gets a holiday twist! Hearts of romaine lettuce are perfectly suited to become a “Christmas tree,” complete with tomato-ornaments, a golden pepper-star … even packages under the tree! This Holiday Salad is surprisingly simple to make, and can even be made ahead!

Spices |Seasoning

Mulling Spices
Julie Blanner – julieblanner.com
This simple mulling spices recipe is a fragrant blend of cinnamon sticks, allspice, whole cloves, and orange zest. It makes a beautiful homemade holiday gift, too – so fast and easy to throw together!
Greek Seasoning
You will love this easy Greek Seasoning Mix recipe that takes just 5 minutes to whip up and effortlessly adds Mediterranean flavour to your everyday dishes. Even better, this seasoning blend is made with a few everyday ingredients you already own and makes a great edible gift.

Truffles

Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

Lyne Proulx – ottawamommyclub.ca

Quick and easy Christmas food- Aren’t these Chocolate peppermint truffles gorgeous? They’re surprisingly easy to make and they add an extra bit of holiday flair to the table.

Waffles

Christmas Tree Waffles

Diana Sh – littlesunnykitchen.com

These are the cutest waffles that you will ever make! Green Christmas tree waffles make a fun Christmas breakfast that your kids are gonna love. So quick and easy to make, and the kids can decorate their own waffle Christmas trees.

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