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Food and Drink to Celebrate the Holiday Season

I publish a stand-alone blog for foodies and food lovers.  I also have a Twitter account, a Facebook page, a Tumblr microblog, and several Pinterest boards devoted to food-and-drink-related topics.  I enjoy sharing content throughout the year, but I especially love this time of the year the most because … ???  Because ’tis the season to be jolly.  YAY!  2019 was a very busy year for me.  Looking forward to 2020.  What about you?

This countdown started on November 11, 2019.  Are you counting down?

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#1 In Texas, during the Christmas season, tamales are a big deal!

How To Make Tamales | Gimme Some Oven

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Chili is also a big deal during Christmas time.  But as I explained in another post, Texans use any excuse to prepare a big pot of chili.  

#2 Need to include this in holiday celebrations for my Texas vegan friends.

People love making their own tamales.  But they can be bought already made in the local grocery stores: chicken, beef, or pork.  Haven't seen any ready-made vegan tamales, so here's a recipe.

#3 Roast Pig ~ A Must Have for Cubans and Filipinos Celebrating Christmas.

I was introduced to this tradition by my Cuban friends.  I won't roast a pig myself, but I'm not going to lie … I won't refuse a piece if it is served to me at a holiday dinner.  This might not look appealing but the smell and the taste are irresistible.  Unless, of course, you're vegan or vegetarian or you don't eat pork.

#4 Pomegranate Brisket with Cranberry Succotash – What Jew Wanna Eat

I was introduced to this tradition by my Jewish friends.  Turkey is the traditional bird for Christmas in the USA.  But brisket is often served to celebrate Hanukkah.

#5 Potato Latkes ~ A Fun Part of the Hanukkah Celebration

Ask people what their favorite Hanukkah treat is and many will say potato latkes.

#6 Celebrating Thanksgiving in the USA

Certain relatives say that the Thanksgiving holiday is always disregarded because people jump from Halloween (Oct 31st) TO Christmas (Dec 25th).  It's kind of true.  But I don't want to skip over it.  Because … I would be crazy to skip dessert!  LOL.

#7 When It Comes to Eggnog, It’s Either YAY! or YUK!

Based on my family traditions, there are two food items that only appear during the Christmas holiday.  One is fruitcake.  The other is eggnog.  You either love it or you hate it.  I'm not even going to discuss fruitcake.  But eggnog merits a little discussion.  People have gotten creative and they don't just make the eggnog drink.  They also make cakes and other desserts.  So even if you don't like to drink eggnog, you might like gluten-free eggnog cupcakes.

#8 If You Like to Drink Eggnog but You’re Vegan

#9 Non-Alcoholic Eggnog Recipe

Happy Holidays!!

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