December 9, 2008

Christmas Markets

Tis the season for Christmas markets. These seasonal markets are great places to not only find unique gifts, but to also expose your kids to different ethnic foods and cultures. An outing to one of these markets is fun for the whole family, so check out some of these great ones in your area:

Christkindlmarkt in Denver, CO
Nov 28 - Dec 23, 2008
The 8th annual Denver Christkindl Market will take place at downtown Denver’s Skyline Park at the 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street. This market will host vendors from Germany and other European countries, with traditional German food.

Christmas Market in Chicago, IL
Nov 27 - Dec 24, 2008
The Christkindlmarket Chicago is a popular German winter holiday event. In its 13th year, they will host almost one million guest to Daley Plaza.

Festival of Gingerbread in Fort Wayne, IN
Nov 28 - Dec 14, 2008
Held at The History Center the annual Festival of Gingerbread features hundreds of gingerbread creations, from those made by area grade school children to master bakers.

16th Annual Kristkindl Markt at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, MO
Dec 13 - Dec 14, 2008
This is a traditional German Christmas market with crafts, entertainment, food and demonstrations.

Union Square & Columbus Circle Holiday Market New York City, NY
Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2008
Union Square Holiday Market: Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2008
Columbus Circle Holiday Market: Dec 3 - 24, 2008
These yearly markets are the perfect place for unique gifts.

German Christmas Market, Dayton Liederkranz-Turner in Dayton, OH
Dec 13 - Dec 14, 2008
Visit the Liederkranz for the annual celebration of the centuries old German Christmas market tradition that originated in Nuremburg, Germany. The Christmas Market will feature authentic German food, desserts, coffee and a Christmas Raffle.

Christkindlmarkt in Tulsa, OK
Dec 5 - Dec 7, 2008
Her the German-American Society of Tulsa (GAST) provides the annual presentation of this wonderful custom where St. Nikolaus will walk among the booths. Kitchener Christkindl Market

Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, PA
Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2008
This Christkindlmarket is located in Bethlehem's historic downtown district. It is a heart warming holiday event for the whole family featuring live holiday music, great food, children's rides and old St. Nicholas.

Mifflinburg Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg, PA
Dec 11 - Dec 13, 2008
Come find unique handmade crafts, traditional Christkindl treats, and German Lebkuchen (Gingerbread) hearts.

German-Texan Heritage Society Christkindlmarkt in Austin, TX
Dec 9 - Dec 11, 2008
Enjoy live performances of traditional German Christmas music and songs throughout the day and a special visit by Sankt Nikolaus.

Old World Christmas Market in Elkhart, WI
Dec 5 - Dec 14, 2008
The Osthoff Resort's 11th annual traditional European Christmas Market features authentic gifts, toys, ornaments and food specialties from international and regional artisans.

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October 28, 2008

Healthy Holiday Eating for Children

With Halloween around the corner, Thanksgiving right after, and Christmas soon following, it can be hard to get the whole family to eat right. Healthy holiday eating for children, and the whole family, is especially important to maintain during the festive upcoming months because good habits, once broken, are even harder to get back on track. Everyone likes to splurge a bit during the holidays, but here are a few tips to help you enjoy the holiday season without derailing your healthful eating habits:

  • Don’t go hungry – Too often people skip the other meals of the day when they know a big holiday dinner is coming. Try eating like you normally do, with a full breakfast, lunch, and snacks, not only will you be filling up on nutritious food, but you won’t be ravenous once your at the holiday table.

  • Bring a Dish – It is always polite to bring a dish when you’re invited over to someone else’s house. Why not make that dish a healthy one? This way you and your kids can fill up on food you know is healthy.

  • Host a Healthy Holiday Dinner – If you are the host, you control what food is served. Make your nutritious favorites, and you might even convert some of your friends and family to be healthy eaters too.

  • Eat Healthy First – There are plenty of healthy holiday foods. Try filling up on the steamed green beans and baked sweet potatoes first.

  • Don’t let bad habits come back to stay – If you find yourself at the holiday table, tempted to go off your healthy eating plan, you don’t have to be perfect. Just don’t throw up your hands and fall back on your old habits. Jump back into it, and eat healthfully for the next few days. Your one bad meal becomes insignificant in the big picture, but only if you don’t let those old bad habits come back for good.

  • Set an Example – Eat healthy during the holidays and serve your children the nutritious food at the table. If they see you’re leading, then they can follow your good habits.

The holidays are a time to celebrate friends and family, so enjoy. Focusing on the great family time can help take your mind off of scarfing down 10 cookies.