Joyous Holiday Celebrations
Cheer is in the air! From twinkling lights atop neighborhood houses to families sipping hot cocoa by the fire, the holiday season is the most festive time of year. No matter what holiday you celebrate, all joyous occasions involve food—quality family dinners, delicious appetizers and side dishes and tasty sweet treats.
There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than with a delicious meal. Whether you’re gathering for a Christmas Eve dinner or spinning dreidels during a Hanukkah party, the food brings everyone together. Here are two sample menus for Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations that let holiday traditions shine using delicious, versatile and convenient ingredients:
- APPETIZER: Artichoke & Spinach Dip
- MAIN: Country Pot Roast
- SIDE: Potato Latkes
- DESSERT: Cherry Almond Rugelach
- BEVERAGE: Caramel Eggnog
Christmas Eve Dinner Menu
- APPETIZER: Cranberry & Goat Cheese Phyllo Tarlets
- MAIN: Beef Wellington
- SIDE: Orange & Maple Glazed Cranberry Green Beans
- DESSERT: Festive Minty Mocha Trifle
- BEVERAGE: Candy Cane Mocha Hot Chocolate
Holiday traditions are special, in part because they are centuries old. Feel free to wow your friends and family with a few of the interesting facts below about two of the biggest holidays of the year, Christmas and Hanukkah!
- The Christmas tree made its way to America in the 1830s but wasn’t popular until 1846, after Germany’s Prince Albert brought it to England when he married Queen Victoria.
- The story of Santa Claus delivering presents comes from Holland’s celebration of St. Nicholas’ feast day on December 6.
- Around 17.5 million oily doughnuts (sufganiyot) are eaten in Israel during Hanukkah, commemorating the miracle of oil.
- Throughout Hanukkah, each menorah burns through 44 candles, adding one candle each night, plus the extra helper candle, called the shamash.
How will you be celebrating the holidays?