Christmas and Hanukkah Food Traditions

When I was small, I got to have two Christmas dinners; one was classic American, with ham and all the traditional sides, and one was an Italian version. I’m always fascinated by other people’s food traditions; after all, the food makes the holiday. I asked around the office to find out what my co-workers and their families eat for Christmas and Hanukkah.

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A Casual History of Eggnog

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Eggnog and Fruit Stollen

Eggnog. It’s a “love it or hate it” thing, but I’m squarely on the side of the “love it” crowd. This is probably bad for my goal of zero holiday weight gain, but I’m sure it’s 100% good for my holiday spirits.

If you’re a lover like me, I’ll let you in on a secret: eggnog isn’t for sissies. This drink’s silky-sweet combination of egg yolks, cream, sugar and nutmeg (preferably with a jaunty shot of dark spirits) hides a long run of fame and notoriety. Eggnog is the scandalous rock star of the holiday treats world….

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Cran-Mallow Sweet Potatoes Recipe from Modern Farmer

We invited our friends from Modern Farmer to our first-annual Friendsgiving. Modern Farmer’s community relations director, Sarah, took two classic #Thanksgiving dishes, cranberries and sweet potato casserole, and brought them together in this delectable #FDFriendsgiving mashup. Check out the recipe after the jump!

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FreshDirect’s First Annual #FDFriendsgiving

Thanksgiving is all about giving gratitude, breaking bread, and passing the gravy! This year, we wanted to share one of our favorite holidays with our friends at Food52, Tasting Table, Modern Farmer, DailyBurn and @NYC. While we can celebrate heartily on our own, it’s always more fun with your pals. We asked each friend to bring their favorite dish to our #FDriendsgiving and then share the recipe so that we can share it with all of you!

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DIY Fall Apple and Pear Place Settings

Feeling crafty? We have a fun and easy idea to help you create beautiful seasonal place settings for your Thanksgiving table. Get the kids involved with this fresh take on table settings, and you’ll have one thing crossed off your holiday to-do list:

-Make the table fancy in no time flat.

Done! Instructions after the jump!

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Make Your Own Pumpkin Ice Bucket

No bucket? No problem. We used a large pumpkin to make an ice bucket for one of our favorite white wines, and it made us wonder how we didn’t think of it sooner. While it serves its primary purpose — to keep your wine cold — it also makes a fantastic Halloween or Thanksgiving centerpiece. You can even create a virgin version filled with soda cans for the kids table.

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