It's already the middle of November, that wonderful time of year when the office Scrooges are banning any whiff of a festive tune and it's like a tinsel bomb went off in the High Street. But when you're gluten free, Christmas is a magical time.
Because Christmas means LOTS of exciting new gluten free treats to try! While everyone else is busy moaning about how it's too early, here's what us coeliacs are getting excited about already. How many of these can you relate to?
Christmas sandwiches are ON
Marks and Spencer's Christmas sandwich is finally back on the shelves and every coeliac who ever said 'I hate when Christmas food starts so early' is suddenly ok with eating turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce for lunch. Every day. Until we're poor.
Everyone's a gluten free baker
Tesco releases new DIY Christmas kits and suddenly everyone on a gluten free diet is considering how good they will be at baking and how much they can impress their friends with a gluten free 3D gingerbread star.
Party food for dinner - every night
'Proper' meals go out of the window as dinner is replaced by trays of gluten free party food. Because mini foods covered in gluten free breadcrumbs are way too excited to miss out on, so we must eat them all.
It's all about the gluten free Christmas pudding
Suddenly it becomes acceptable to eat gluten free Christmas pudding for dessert. Every Sunday. And possibly leftovers on weekdays. Because it would criminal to NOT taste-test before the big day, right?
Gluten free mince pies become essential
Gluten free mince pies replace gluten free digestive biscuits with our mid-morning cup of tea, and you know what, we're all OK with that. Because we want to make sure we've tried each and every single brand possible - especially the new ones!
Carvery = three bird roast
Sunday carvery is replaced with a three-bird roast complete with gluten free stuffing. Sure, it's only November but it's basically just a roast dinner, except it comes in a shiny festive box...
Downing Christmas drinks like there's no tomorrow
It feels obligatory to test every single Christmas coffee possible. I mean, you don't even like syrup in coffee but because it's Christmas you're going to drink it. And probably moan about how sweet it is after. But who cares, because it's gluten free!?
What have I missed?
What gluten free Christmas food gets you excited? I'd love to know what you're most looking forward to eating this Christmas!