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New Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

Many of us have or are currently making decisions on how to celebrate the holidays this year. Although it will be different, there are still many opportunities to continue with family traditions, eat our favourite foods and still connect with others in creative ways. Whether you are celebrating with others or on your own, take time to show yourself kindness and treat yourself as your most precious guest.


Wishing you love, happiness and peace this holiday season, xo Michele

💙 💚 💛 💜 💙 💚 💛 💜 💙 💚 💛 💜 💙 💜 💙 💚 💛 💜

Make it special - Regardless of the number, make sure to set a mindful table. Pull out your best dinner dishes and linen, decorate the table, light a candle and put on your favourite holiday music.


Set up some virtual company - Call or video chat by synchronizing your mealtime to eat together or have a happy hour with family or someone special


Cook up a family recipe - Food is a powerful way to connect with your family even when they aren’t with you.


Think meal strategy - Don’t overwhelm yourself by attempting to make the full course dinner with all the trimmings. Instead of making a large turkey or ham roast, prepare a small chicken, cornish game hen, duck or a ham steak.


Mix up your menu - Maybe this year it is an opportunity to cook something non-traditional, a recipe you don’t eat very often or something you have been waiting for a special occasion. Now's the time!



Meal ideas:

Garlic Chicken with Herbs

Orange-Ginger Roast Chicken with Fennel and Radicchio Salad

Holiday Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Tender Stuffed Pork Tenderloin 💜

Beef Bourguignon for Two

Sweet & Tangy Salmon with Green Beans

Brazilian Fish Stew💜

Nut Loaf (vegetarian)

25 Special Dinners for Two

The Best Healthy Festive Vegan Recipes 💜


Simplify it even more - Prefer not to cook a full dinner, instead prepare a special brunch, some holiday appetizers, pull together a grazing board, or a decadent dessert such as creme brulee, chocolate fondue for two.



Other festive holiday ideas:


  • Hold a bonfire party around a wood fire or gas pit outdoors

  • Have an outdoor picnic

  • Go for a walk to admire your neighbourhood lights or take a drive

  • Drop off baked goods

  • Put together a festive puzzle

  • Go ice-skating or skiing

  • Go for a walk in nature or near the water

  • Deliver individual meals to friends or family

  • Attend a virtual mass, concert or holiday events

  • Have a game night (virtual or not)

  • Schedule a holiday movie watch party

  • Arrange and watch your grandkids Zoom in to say hello to Santa

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Vancouver and North Vancouver

British Columbia, Canada

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