December always elicits memories of family holiday parties. For many years, my parents used to cram a ton of people into the apartment at the end of our store, for an annual festive get-together with tons of food. My sister and I would help Mom prepare for days ahead of time. And then there were the Christmas day meals, both at our house and at my grandmother’s house. It’s just a great time of year to eat. So of course, we have to celebrate as many December food holiday observances as we can get our hands on! Use this to help you to plan your menu at home, for creative snack ideas in the classroom, or party fun! I’ll keep adding links as I come up with them. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards of Recipes to Try and Montessori Food Prep Activities for even more ideas. Which ones are your favorites?
Monthly December Food Holiday Observances
December is a time to think of those big fruit basket gifts, so enjoy it as National Pear Month. We toast with the traditional egg nog, as it is National Egg Nog Month. And of course you cannot forget those homemade gifts that get passed around during National Fruit Cake Month.
Weekly December Food Holiday Observances
1st week in December – Cookie Cutter Week
2nd week in December – Lager Beer Week (Woohoo!)
Daily December Food Holiday Observances
December 1 – Fried Pie Day
December 1 – National Pie Day
December 1 – National French Fried Clam Day
December 1 – Eat a Red Apple Day
December 2 – National Fritters Day
December 3- National Peppermint Latte Day
December 3 – National Apple Pie Day
December 4 – National Cookie Day
December 5 – National Comfort Food Day (Isn’t this every day?)
December 5 – Repeal of Prohibition Day – So raise a toast with your favorite adult beverage!
December 5 – National Sacher Torte Day
December 6 – National Gazpacho Day
December 6 – National Microwave Oven Day
December 6 – National “Cook for Christmas” Day
December 7 – National Cotton Candy Day
December 8 – National Brownie Day
December 9 – National Pastry Day
December 10 – National Lager Day (Yes! One of my favorite kinds of beers.)
December 11 – National “Have a Bagel” Day (I wonder if Ice-T will observe this holiday now?)
December 11– National Noodle Ring Day
December 12 – National Cocoa Day – You can find lots of variations from the Valentine’s Day Hot Cocoa Collection.
December 12 – National Ambrosia Day
December 12 – National Gingerbread House Day
December 13 – National Popcorn String Day – I remember doing this once or twice as a kid. You can use regular popcorn, or try my Spicy Popcorn recipes!
December 13 – National Ice Cream Day – Serve up a bowl or make these Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches!
December 14– National Biscuits and Gravy Day
December 14 – National Bouillabaisse Day
December 15 – National Gingerbread Latte Day
December 15 – National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16 – National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day (I like this one!)
December 17 – National Maple Syrup Day
December 18 – National “I Love Honey” Day
December 19 – National Hard Candy Day
December 19 – National Oatmeal Muffins Day
December 20 – National Sangria Day – Here’s how to make a Healthier Sangria!
December 21– National French Fried Shrimp Day
December 21– National Hamburger Day
December 21 – National Kiwi Fruit Day
December 22 – National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23 – National Bake Day
December 23 – National Pfeffernuesse Day (These were my mom’s favorite cookies!)
December 24 – National Egg Nog Day
December 25 – National Pumpkin Pie Day
December 25 – National “Kiss the Cook” Day (This is another one that I think needs to be celebrated every day!)
December 26 – National Candy Cane Day
December 27 – National Fruit Cake Day
December 28 – National Box of Chocolates Day or National Chocolate Candy Day
December 29 – National “Get on the Scales” Day (But do we really want to after all of this deliciousness?)
December 29 – National Pepper Pot Day
December 30– National Bacon Day (YES!) – I always talk about my favorite Maple Bacon Donut.
December 30 – National Bicarbonate of Soda Day or National Baking Soda Day (I usually require this a few times at this time of year, to be honest.)
December 31 – National Champagne Day
December 31– National Vinegar Day
Other Monthly Food Holiday Observances: