Mother Who Knows
Date: January 02, 2021 07:41PM
Obviously, we haven't eaten any of the Mormon love-bomb treats, because, well, have they heard there's a PANDEMIC? They still brought treats throughout the holidays. Most didn't wear masks. A few of the treats were handed directly to the kids, who tore into them and started eating, before we could stop them. I'm amazed that we didn't get covid.
Even before that, I would just throw away the goodies.
--I saw several of the families in their kitchens, fixing that food, with their kids--yeah, "kid snot and cat hair concoctions"!
--I have celiac disease, so gluten makes me very sick.
--I don't know about the other kids in the neighborhood, but my kids tend to get cavities.
--Sugar makes us hyperactive, and then throws us down into feeling sluggish. Feeling sluggish is awful, so we eat more sugar to bring us back up again, and thus begins the endless sugar-cycle.
--My metabolism is different from my neighbors', in that sugar makes me gain weight. Go figure.
We quit the cult just before Christmas, and I threw out all my old Mormon pioneer recipes. We had holiday treats like bacon, sausage, nuts, cheeses, crackers, popcorn, fresh fruit, ice cream, 8 hours sleep (no seminary and church overtime), skiing, skating, snow-shoeing, etc. There were no meetings, no primary with sick feverish little kids crawling into my lap, no music rehearsals, no singing in the Christmas choir with sick people, no Christmas potluck with picked-over casseroles. It was the first Christmas in years, that my kids and I didn't get sick!
Anyway...the answer is no, we don't eat passed-around food items.
Even in normal times, we avoid self-serve buffets. Yes to barbecues and picnics in the summer, where you hold out your plate and someone puts meat on it. Yes to more formal dinners with plates served up by adults in the kitchen and brought to the table, while the kids are sitting there, waiting.