Nearly 30 million Americans are living with diabetes. Almost three times that many people are classified as "prediabetic" meaning that without controlling their diet and exercise they are likely to become Diabetic later in life.

Every year Christmas comes and out come the cookies. But for the millions of people living with type 2 diabetes, that means having to go without. Or does it?

Of course with all of the sugar substitutes available, most recipes can be easily converted to be sugar-free. Many people, however, find that the taste just isn't the same without real sugar and some recipes don't work well with the substitutes.

Surprisingly, a number of traditional Christmas cookies can be diabetic friendly. without resorting to sugar substitutes. Choosing the right cookie recipe means everyone can enjoy the flavors of the season without having to make special cookies for diabetics.

When you think of Christmas cookies. there is one cookie everyone thinks of first. Enjoy the epitome of Christmas cookies with these gingerbread cookies. While gingerbread cookies aren't the easiest cookies to bake, they certainly are worth the effort. These delicious treats only have 73 calories and two grams of fat!

These polka dot macaroons aren't a traditional Christmas recipe by any stretch of the imagination.

With their green and red M&M's in a white macaroon, they certainly look festive though. With only four ingredients, they can be whipped up in a jiffy. Only 15 minutes to mix and 10 minutes to bake means you can satisfy your cravings in less than half an hour.

Not counting the Christmas tree, the wreath is one of the most popular decorations people choose for the season.

These cute little red and white wreath cookies are not only adorable and tasty but are also only 91 calories with three grams of fat. You could even make some extra to use as decorations on the tree.

Weighing in at a mere 80 calories these simple almond cookies are one of the lowest calorie cookies.

You might want to make a second batch though because these will be a hit with everyone at your Christmas get-together. Only six ingredients and 12 minutes of baking time make these a no-brainer for your Christmas cookie tray.

Cranberries are a staple of the Christmas season. You can string it on a garland for the tree, make a sauce for your Turkey Dinner and even enjoy them in a cookie. This recipe for pistachio-crusted chocolate chip cranberry cookies is not only seasonal but full of healthy ingredients which are great sources of fiber, plant protein, and healthy fats.

Keep a selection of these Christmas cookies on hand which everyone can enjoy.