Thursday, December 1, 2016

Celebrate December

LOVE celebrations! I love birthdays, holidays, Tuesdays, and Fridays! I love celebrating achievements: graduations, babies, marriage, or just being an amazing human being. Give me a reason, and I'll celebrate with you! So, this is a new feature that I thought would be fun! 

In this series, I give you an overview of the food celebrations and holidays in the month, so you can celebrate. For me, it's helpful for menu planning or throwing themed dinners. These food holidays are a great way to have a themed meal and invite people over to your home. 

Inviting people into your home is a great way to build community. There's something about breaking bread, cooking, sharing recipes, and food that sparks conversation. I love talking and celebrating around a table. So, here are some food celebrations in December.

December has several celebrations throughout the month. December is:

- National Eggnog Month

- National Fruit Cake Month

There are also many celebrations on days throughout December. 

- December 1 is National Pie Day (For tips for successful pies, click here.)

- December 3 is National Peppermint Latte Day & National Apple Pie Day

- December 4 is National Cookie Day

- December 5 is National Comfort Food Day

- December 6 is National Gazpacho Day

- December 7 is National Cotton Dandy Day or Ferry Floss Day in Great Britain

- December 8 is National Brownie Day

- December 9 is National Pastry Day

- December 11 is National "Have a Bagel Day"

- December 12 is National Cocoa Day & National Ambrosia Day

- December 13 is National Popcorn String Day & National Cocoa Day

- December 14 is National Biscuits and Gravy Day & National Bouillabaisse Day

- December 15 is National Gingerbread Latte Day & National Lemon Cupcake Day

December 16 is National "Chocolate Covered Anything" Day

December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day

- December 18 is National "I Love Honey" Day

December 19 is National Oatmeal Muffin Day

December 21 is National Fried Shrimp Day & National Hamburger Day
- - For a lighter version, check out my grilled shrimp poboy recipe.

December 23 is National Bake Day & National Pfeffernuesse Day (a German spice cookie)
- - If you need ideas for something to bake, try my thyme blueberry crisp or homemade granola for a sweet start to your day. Granola is also a great last-minute gift.

December 25 is National "Kiss the Cook" Day & National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 26 is National Candy Cane Day

December 28 is National Chocolate Candy Day

December 30 is National Baking Soda Day (aka Bicarbonate of Soda Day)

- December 31 is National Vinegar Day

I hope this list inspires your meals or party plans in December. If you participate in these monthly celebrations, tag me, @RDtipoftheday, and use the hashtag #RDTODcelebrate for a chance to be featured. 

Do you have any food holidays or celebrations that you celebrate in December? Comment below.


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