It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoying the holidays can still be wonderful, even when you are wearing braces. Spending time with family, caroling with your friends, pretending to laugh at Uncle Larry’s corny jokes. Seeing people you may not have seen all year gives you a chance to show off your oral bling!
If your child (or niece or nephew, or neighbor kid down the street) has braces, please, parents—make wise choices about what candy to stuff in their stockings, or what treats to send in to school for the holiday party. Kids (and, well, grown-ups, too) can only handle so much temptation before diving face first into a stocking full of candy canes.
For your benefit, we have compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts for the braces-wearers in your life this holiday season.
See our blog post about a recipe for soft gingerbread cookies as another great gift idea!
Showing your friends and family you care is one of the most important parts of the holiday season. This year, take a little bit of time to make sure the people with braces who you love know that they matter to you. They will be constantly aware of how their food and other choices are impacting their braces, and they may really appreciate someone else being mindful as well.
The holidays are upon us! Those of us who wear braces can enjoy all of the delicious flavors of the season without hurting our mouths. We just need to pay a little more attention to what we eat, like we always do. So, sip away at that eggnog, and avoid crunching into that candy cane.
We love ourselves a good gingerbread cookie. We have found this recipe for delicious soft gingerbread cookies, so you can enjoy cookies with Santa and take care of your braces at the same time! Look at you, multitasking over the holidays!
If you have other braces-wearers in your life, these cookies (and other soft holiday treats) would make a fantastic, thoughtful gift. Wrapped in wax paper with a festive bow, or nestled in a holiday tin among green and red tissue paper, you can really help another person feel special.
Happy Holidays from all of us at James Karpac Orthodontics! We hope you have a warm, joyful, merry holiday with friends, family, and your friendly neighborhood orthodontist!
The recipe is included below. You can also follow this link!
SOFT GINGERBREAD COOKIES
Soft Gingerbread Cookies have the taste of gingerbread cookies, but are soft and thick. Roll the dough balls in sugar for the perfect sweetness!
Calories: 111 kcal
Author: Lizzy T
• 1 cup shortening
• 1 cup brown sugar packed
• 1 cup molasses
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 5 1/2 cups flour
• 4 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 teaspoon ginger
• 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon cloves
• 1 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 cup extra sugar for rolling dough
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1 In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, brown sugar, molasses and buttermilk.
2 In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
3 Add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar mixture and mix well.
4 Roll the dough into balls and then roll the balls in sugar.
5 Place the cookie dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes.
6 Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack and then store in an airtight container.