12-15-17 The Story of Stuff (Part 3 of 3) Christmas Themed




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Michael and Jackie Bigar

The Story of Stuff Part 3

Christmas Themed

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 The Story of Stuff with a Christmas Theme

The Story of Stuff with a Christmas Theme

Today we will be touching on these concepts:

  • True Spirit of Christmas 
  • Bringing Back Old Traditions
  • Simplifying Christmas
  • Buying Less But Giving More
  • Quality Time Verse A Lot of Things
  • Finding True Happiness in People Rather Than Things
  • Gaining The Real Spirit of Christmas

Healthy Old Fashioned Christmas Recipes

Traditional Christmas Dinner

Herb-Crusted Prime Rib

Drool is already starting to collect in my mouth from these pictures. Raise your hand if you love a big juicy piece of meat seasoned with fresh herbs. (My hand is raised right now). Yes, this prime rib recipe is definitely a classic traditional Christmas dinner. You can check this recipe out for yourself.

Four-Cheese Sausage Rigatoni

Here is a tasty looking pasta dinner. This recipe is simple and includes some yummy ingredients like mozzarella and fresh basil. I also like this recipe because it has you make your own tomato sauce verse buying a jar of sauce that usually has a ton of sugar in side. If you are wanting healthier noodles you can get whole wheat or glutton free. 

Standing Rib Roast Recipe

This meat looks delicious. I especially like this recipe because it include beef broth to moisten the meat once again before serving!

Side- Dishes

Classic Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a classic American dish. Would a old fashioned Christmas be complete with out potatoes? I love those cute little brown balls of joy. We eat a lot of potatoes for two reasons. 

  1. I have Irish/Polish roots and we love us some tatters.
  2. They are dirt cheap.

Easy Scalloped Potatoes

This recipe looks very yummy especially next to some meat like a turkey or pot roast. You can easily make these potatoes and serve them at your Christmas dinner. These potatoes are made with ingredients like milk and cheese and who doesn't love milk and cheese? Me gusta mucho queso. 

Balsamic Berry Vinaigrette Winder Salad

This salad looks amazing! It has fresh greens, apples, pomegranate, walnuts and a amazing looking dressing with balsamic and greek yogurt as a base. If you want to check out this tasty looking winter salad you can use the link about to check it out for your own. This salad would be great as a lunch this winter season.


Honey Whole Wheat Pan Rolls

These homemade rolls look amazing! We try to eat a paleo diet as much as possible but homemade bread is life giving! These fresh honey butter rolls would be so very yummy on your dinner table this Christmas season. Did I say I love fresh bread? Because I do!!


Healthy Pumpkin Custard Recipe

Here is a healthy pumpkin custard recipe I found. Brenda suggests using a liquid stevia to sweeten this pudding but I would probably opt for maple syrup or honey since those are the sweeteners I typically choose.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Here is a healthy dark chocolate peanut butter ball recipe from eatingwell.com. This recipe looks easy and if you use a dark chocolate without a lot of sugar it can be called healthy.


Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipe

This recipe contains sugar but you can simply substitute maple syrup for the sweetener. For example, this recipe calls for 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and you could opt for unsweetened condensed milk. I think I am going to modify this recipe for our Sunday evening Christmas lights drive. I am going to make this recipe for the kids, Michael and I to sip on while we drive around looking at Christmas lights.

Old Fashioned Christmas Games

Games that are simple to make and play are usually the best choice. If the game is easy to follow and fun you can enjoy it with your family this Christmas. Here is a list of some fun old fashioned Christmas games I found.

  • Put a blind fold on and try to guess who hit you. So there will need to be obvious rules to this game. No hitting in the face and no hitting too hard. But it could be fun... as long as everyone plays nice.
  • If you know the presents are not going to be broken you could have a gift stacking game.
  • You could play a simple game of catch with a holiday item. Do you have a Christmas stuffed animal or other soft Christmas item that you can play with? You could even use a orange if you don't have anything else to toss around. 
  • You could play Christmas charades. On a piece of paper you could write Christmas inspired words or phrases. For example, reindeer, old saint nick, Christmas tree, fireplace, missile toe, Christmas nights, baby Jesus, hot coco, or anything you can think of that is Christmas themed.
  • Hide and seek with a Christmas themed item. Do you have a cute ornament you could use for this game? If not simply use anything you have that is Christmas themed. Then, you could have each person take a turn trying to find the item. Modify the game to make it fun for your family.
  • Make a Christmas picture. You could have a contest for who can make the best Christmas picture. Have your family use any art supplies of your choice. 
  • Make up Christmas stories and share them with each other. You could modify this idea and have a list of Christmas themed items to help the story creators get their creative juices flowing. 
  • Have a baking contest or cooking contest followed by a small prize for the winner. Who makes the best chili or sugar cookies? We personally would have to make a healthy version of sugar cookies but it would be a fun game.

Old Fashioned Christmas Activities

  • String Popcorn and hang it on your tree.
  • Go caroling around your neighborhood.
  • Sit in front of the fireplace and tell each other stories. 
  • Have a cookie making and/or decorating party.
  • Make a hay ride. Use a small trailer and fill it up with hay. Ideally you could have a horse pull you but you could use a quad or other off road vehicle. You could even fill up a small wagon with hay or blankets and take that down your street.
  • Build a snowman together and dress him up. There is just something magical about making snowmen during Christmas time.
  • Make salt dough ornaments together! You can even bake them to get all the moisture out and then paint them.

Old Fashioned Christmas Decorations - Decorating

To decorate your home for Christmas you could use greenery from around your home, pinecones and make decorations out of paper. I read a cute story of a family making their own snowflakes from white paper and hanging them around their home.

Old Fashioned Christmas Gifts

You could make ornaments for loved ones, candles, soaps, or baked goods. The things you could make for loved ones will be different for all of us because each of us has different amounts of share time and financial resources. Plus, you may have young kids like me and they can only do certain types of activities.

Wrap Up

There are so many fun things you can do this holiday season to give your family a happy old fashioned Christmas. Of course Christmas is about celebrating Jesus's birth and enjoying time with family and friends. But we can still have fun while keeping our banks from breaking! A traditional Christmas is filled with love and simple pleasures. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas this year and I look forward to talking to you Monday! Byeeee...

Yours Truly,

Jackie Bigar 

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