Holiday Traditions

Last week I wrote about the December holidays; this week, I will write about traditions that go with some of these holidays.

Festive Food and Drinks

Hot chocolate: There are many fun ways to make a cup of hot cocoa. Stock up on the ingredients and share this festive beverage with friends and family.

Homemade Hot Chocolate from Celebrating Sweets

Boozy Hot Chocolate

Hot Cider

Hot Spiced Cider from All Recipes

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine from Delish

Eggnog: Buy at the store or make your own, with or without alcohol.

Eggnog recipe by Alton Brown

Holiday drinks

From the New York Times, Day 11: Why Do We Drink These Holiday Cocktails Every Year?. “A Times article from 1907 titled “Christmas Cheer and How to Make It,” explained that “it has ever been the custom among those who entertained largely to keep the punch bowl filled to the brim with some particularly tasty liquid refreshment from early in the afternoon until late at night.” As to the liquid refreshment itself, the writer broke down the most popular ones by region: Eggnog was a favorite in the South; rum toddies in New York; rum punch in New England — and a hot port wine punch recipe by the New York bartender William Schmidt (famed in his day) was thrown into the mix.


How To Make Classic Latkes: The Easiest, Simplest Method from Kitchn


Sufganiyot (Israeli Donuts) recipe from Once Upon a Chef

Christmas Cookies, Gingerbread cookies, and Christmas desserts

32 Best Christmas Desserts (+ Easy Recipes) from Insanely Good

From Southern Living, Our 35 Easiest Ever Christmas Cookie Recipes

Making cut-out sugar cookies with sprinkles is one of my favorite cookie traditions.

Here is a sampling of delicious Christmas desserts courtesy of Aunt Trish:


The lighting of candles for Hannakuh or Kwanza, or Advent

From PureWow, How to Celebrate Kwanzaa This Year

From PureWow, 6 Hanukkah Traditions to Celebrate the Festival of Lights

Spin the dreidel

Izzy ‘n’ Dizzy Hanukkah Dreidels – Metallic Blue and Silver Dreidel – 4 Pack Medium $6.49 Amazon

The giving of Gelt

Hanukkah Chocolate Gelt, Nut-Free, Belgian Milk Chocolate Coins, Over 80 Coins $22.99 Amazon

Make gingerbread houses

Shop for gifts

2018 Christmas Shopping

Wrapping gifts

How to Wrap a Gift Like a Real Pro from Country Living

Exchanging gifts

Drive around to see Christmas lights

Visit a local light show

The best Boston Christmas lights

Zoo New England Zoolights
Houston Zoo lights

From PureWow, 15 Festive Drive-Thru Christmas Lights in NY and NJ (Plus, a Few You Can See on Foot)

Go into the city or town to see the lights and Christmas trees.

Visiting the tree at Rockefeller Center

Decorating the tree

Invite a friend over to help decorate your tree. I miss my yearly tree trimming with my friend Charity.

Family meal

Going to a holiday show:

The Nutcracker

The Boston Pops: 2022 Holiday Pops Concert

Watch holiday movies

I wrote about my favorite Christmas movies and cheesy Christmas movies.

Sit by the fire

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