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December Food Holidays

National and international food holidays and observances for the month of December

Religious holidays and their traditional foods play a very important role in December as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas are all celebrated this month. After the stuffing you got on Thanksgiving, you may not be ready for the Christmas ham, lamb, turkey, mutton or chicken coming your way in December.

In a month filled with sweets, treats, pastries and puddings, when we literally hang candy from trees, you might be tempted to just grab a gingerbread house, a jug of cider a lot of eggnog and live in the attic for a couple of weeks instead of facing up to the daunting amount of food you’ll soon be responsible for making. But before you tear off that first frosted graham cracker wall and begin your life as a Christmas hermit, know that whether you’re making a Christmas ham, brisket, latkes, catfish or gumbo, all of that time in the kitchen will have been worth it the end.

December Monthly Holidays

Exotic Fruits Month
National Egg Nog Month
National Fruit Cake Month
Root Vegetables Month
Quince and Watermelon Month

Tomato Month
Tropical Fruits Month
Winter Squash Month
Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

December Weekly Holidays

Cookie Cutter Week week 1)
Gluten Free Baking Week (week 3)
Hanukkah (week 1)

Kwanzaa(week 4)
Lager Beer Week (week 2)
Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week (week 1)

December Daily Holidays

  • 12/1 (Sun) Eat a Red Apple Day
  • 12/1 (Sun) National Pie Day
  • 12/2 (Mon) National Fritters Day
  • 12/3 (Tue) National Apple Pie Day
  • 12/4 (Wed) National Cookie Day
  • 12/5 (Thu) National Sacher Torte Day
  • 12/5 (Thu) Repeal of Prohibition Day
  • 12/6 (Fri) Microwave Oven Day
  • 12/6 (Fri) National Gazpacho Day
  • 12/7 (Sat) National Cotton Candy Day
  • 12/8 (Sun) National Chocolate Brownie Day
  • 12/9 (Mon) National Pastry Day
  • 12/10 (Tue) National Lager Day
  • 12/11 (Wed) Gingerbread House Day
  • 12/11 (Wed) National Noodle Ring Day
  • 12/12 (Thu) National Cocoa Day
  • 12/13 (Fri) Ice Cream and Violins Day
  • 12/14 (Sat) National Bouillabaisse Day
  • 12/15 (Sun) National Cupcake Day
  • 12/16 (Mon) National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
  • 12/17 (Tue) National Maple Syrup Day
  • 12/18 (Wed) National Roast Suckling Pig Day
  • 12/19 (Thu) National Hard Candy Day
  • 12/20 (Fri) National Fried Shrimp Day
  • 12/20 (Fri) National Sangria Day
  • 12/21 (Sat) Kiwi Fruit Day
  • 12/21 (Sat) National Hamburger Day
  • 12/21 (Sat) Winter Solstice
  • 12/22 (Sun) National Date Nut Bread Day
  • 12/23 (Mon) Festivus
  • 12/23 (Mon) National Pfeffernuesse Day
  • 12/24 (Tue) Christmas Eve
  • 12/24 (Tue) National Egg Nog Day
  • 12/25 (Wed) Christmas
  • 12/25 (Wed) National Pumpkin Pie Day
  • 12/26 (Thu) National Candy Cane Day
  • 12/27 (Fri) National Fruit Cake Day
  • 12/28 (Sat) National Chocolate Candy Day
  • 12/29 (Sun) Pepper Pot Day
  • 12/30 (Mon) National Bicarbonate of Soda Day (Baking Soda)
  • 12/31 (Tue) National Champagne Day
  • 12/31 (Tue) New Year’s Eve / Saint Sylvester’s Day

Need some more December food ideas? Explore some more popular winter dishes and seasonal food.

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