December Holidays, Merry, Tasty and Bright

AllSpice_gift_bagsIn December, we wrap up the calendar year, and we celebrate several of the year’s biggest holidays (Christmas, Winter Solstice and (usually) Hanukkah).

But for food-loving souls, there are also lots of fun little holidays to celebrate throughout the month. And there are non-food reasons to celebrate, too!

Here is a list of some of our favorite December holidays.

First, the entire month of December is celebrated as National Fruit Cake Month as well as National Egg Nog Month.

The whole first week is National Cookie Cutter Week and the second week of December is Lager Beer Week (yum).

And while our children’s grandparents insist that it should be every day, we celebrate International Children’s Day on the second Sunday of December (Dec. 8 in 2013).

Sprinkled throughout the month are lots of one-day food celebrations, many of which make sense in the context of the traditional treats we enjoy during December:

December 1: International AIDS Awareness Day; also National Pie Day
December 1: Eat a Red Apple Day
December 2: National Fritters Day
December 3: National Apple Pie Day
December 4: National Cookie Day (huge list of cookie/bar recipes here)
December 5: Repeal (of Prohibition) Day (80th Anniversary in 2013!); also National Sacher Torte Day
Saint_nicholasDecember 6: National Gazpacho Day; also Microwave Oven Day; also St. Nicholas Day (story about this over on our blog)
December 7: National Cotton Candy Day
December 8: National Chocolate Brownie Day; Bodhi Day (no, not that Bodhi, ha) or Day of Enlightenment
December 9: National Pastry Day
December 10: National Lager Day
December 11: National Noodle Ring Day
December 12: National Cocoa Day; also Poinsettia Day; also Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day
December 13: Ice Cream Day; Violins Day; St. Lucy Day