But we also start making cookies for gorging ourselves on after Christmas. And we have Advent calendars for each of the kids, which are usually chocolate. How do we manage that?
Luckily I found this neat Advent calendar house at a German Christmas market:
It's gorgeous and a little flimsy (we glue on a few doorknobs every year), and a little crunched for space with two LPLD girls, but we've made it work so far. This one seems pretty similar. I can fit a small toy (either a finger puppet or a tiny ornament for Monica's own little Christmas tree in the playroom) and two small pieces of candy into each drawer and voila! They have a special thing to do every night through Advent, just like my other daughter who doesn't have LPLD and gets a store bought Advent calendar with a chocolate for every day. Everyone ends up pretty happy! I've also seen neat toy-based Advent calendars which also seem like a good LPLD option. For us, though, we like being able to just use the same toys every year, and not add to the toys which are already taking over the house! And, honestly, I think the candy is important when compared with my other daughter's chocolate.
|The back bell-shaped plate is all LPLD safe goodies!|
meringues (with a few mini chocolate chips or one chocolate chip per cookie)
gingerbread folks (sprinkles are fat free!)
self frosting (vanilla) drops (from St Nicholas day)
peanut butter cookies (new! I'm trying these for the first time this year!)
maybe pumpkin cookies, too!
|LPLD gingerbread houses are pretty easy, too! Graham crackers with fat free candy held in place with fat free frosting|