Christmas is almost upon us! It’s hard to believe the big day is this week, especially as we are rush around like mad things with last minute shopping and so on. But it really is coming, and it’s time to get prepared. So last week we looked at healthy dishes to serve up on Christmas day, and today we’re looking at Christmas Eve traditions. Some of these are really lovely, and they’re all prefect to start this year. Enjoy!
Have a Christmas Eve pamper session
Using all of your natural beauty remedies and your organic toiletries, why not indulge yourself in the bathroom for an hour or two? I can’t think of a better way to prepare for the madness of Christmas day!
Ok so you might not be making mince pies for Santa this year, but there is something special about baking on Christmas Eve. It doesn’t need to be full of fat and sugar either. Try this delicious gluten free chocolate cake. All you need is:
- 250g self raising gluten-free flour
- 100g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 150g ripe avocado chunks
- 3 Tbsp grape seed oil
- 100g sugar
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- 420ml fat free milk
- 160ml plain fat free yogurt
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 60ml very hot brewed, strong coffee
- 425g cup semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
To make the cake, you need the over at 180 degrees C. Then line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and set to one side.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the gluten-free flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Make a well in the center and set to one side.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl place the avocado chunks and use the back of a fork to mash them until they’re smooth. Add the oil, sugar, salt, milk, yogurt, and vanilla. Whisk until everything is evenly mixed, then whisk in the egg until it’s completely blended in.
Pour the wet ingredients into the well in the dry ingredients and mix only until combined, then fold in the hot coffee. Once it’s blended in, fold in the chocolate chips or chunks.
Pour the mixture into the tin, and bake until the cake becomes solid and is cracked on top, about 1 hour.
Let the cake rest in the pan for at least 20 minutes or so and wait at least an hour before slicing… if you can!
Give a gift to a loved one
Who says you have to wait until Christmas morning? We love the idea of this little tradition, and what a lovely way to wake up with a smile on Christmas morning?
Visit an elderly neighbour
Take a slice of your cake round. Take a Christmas card round. Or, just take yourself round. You’ll be passing on the Christmas cheer and deeds like this really don’t cost a thing yet mean the world to those who may not have many visitors this year.
Watch a Christmas movie
We don’t need to explain this one. Christmas Eve is the perfect time to do this!
Go for a walk
Get some fresh air and exercise ready for the big day. You’re going to want to be refreshed and ready!
What are your Christmas Eve traditions?