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Holiday Meal Ideas from Wildwood Park

a plate of Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, and stuffing

When December rolls around, many people look forward to family getting together to share a meal. In the United States, a traditional meal in December consists of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and sometimes yams. Food is a big deal during the holidays, so we are sharing some tips to manage eating this month in this week’s Wildwood Park Apartments Blog.

Make It a Potluck/Bring a Dish

It can be overwhelming to feed a large group of people, particularly during the holidays. Depending on if you’re hosting or attending a meal, you can either make your shindig a potluck or bring a dish to share with everyone. A potluck can save you a little money and it diversifies the dishes available for you and your guests, but be sure to keep everything organized so you’re not doubling up on certain dishes. If you’re attending an event, you can volunteer to bring a dish to ease the pressure on the host. Ask first, don’t assume they’ll need your contribution.

Don’t be Afraid of Leftovers

If you’re hosting friends and family, you may want to err on the side of making too much food instead of too little. Leftovers aren’t a bad thing. It can get a little tedious eating leftovers days later, but there are always ways to spruce up the leftover food. If you aren’t willing to keep all the food that’s been left, send your guests home with plates or containers of food.

Eat Slowly

To avoid finding yourself on your couch laying back and miserable every time you move, we recommend eating more slowly. It can be tempting to want to consume all the delicious food in front of you, but that may not be the most ideal thing to do. Eating slowly gives your body time to realize that it’s full. Instead of being so wholly focused on what’s on your plate, strike up conversation with the people around you and catch up with what you’ve missed in their life.

Do you have any food tips for the holidays? Let our Arlington, VA apartment community know by leaving us a comment!