It’s National Fruitcake Month! December 22, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.
Tags: Candy cane, Christmas, Cookies, Eggnog, Fruitcake, Spaghetti
For those few of you who are sad that Christmas will soon be behind us, instead of in front of us, cheer up! There’s plenty more to celebrate:
* December is National Fruitcake Month AND National Eggnog Month. How’s that for a two-for?
* If you missed National Cookie Day (12/4) and National Maple Syrup Day (12/17), you still have time to celebrate National Candy Cane Day (12/26). And, best of all, you Save Big if you procrastinate . . . boxes of candy canes go on sale for 1/2 price the day after Christmas. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Don’t feel like shopping the day after Christmas? Grab a couple of candy canes or peppermint sticks off the tree and hold them in abeyance.
* New Year’s Eve + Over-Indulgence = Perfect Together! Enough said. If you have “wee ones” who want in on the FUN or toasting in the New Year, here’s a Mocktail idea for them: fill a plastic champagne flute halfway with cherry, cranberry, or grape juice and top off with ginger ale, sparkling water, or 7-up. Garnish with a sliced strawberry or lemon twist.
* New Year’s Day gives you a chance to change the road you’re on . . . even if you have one foot in the grave. “I hereby resolve to Be Healthy.”
* Want to increase your chance of good fortune and prosperity in the New Year? Serve Black Eyed Peas or Hoppin’ John (black eyed peas, rice, and pork) on New Year’s Day. Add some greens for even more prosperity.
* If your resolutions include losing weight . . . your luck is already changing for the better. January is National Soup Month and soup is a dieter’s best friend. It fills you up without filling you out.
* Resolved to improve your heart health? January is National Oatmeal Month. You might have missed National Cookie Day, but National Oatmeal Month is the perfect time to bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Yummy!
* Want to quit smoking? Increase your chances by eating more fruits and veggies. The natural sugars in fruit may counteract nicotine cravings by releasing dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter that induces pleasure. You’re also less likely to relapse when you eat whole, unprocessed foods, which are natural mood boosters. And drink water. Lots of it.
* You can extend the holidays well into January by celebrating National Spaghetti Day (1/4/13), National Popcorn Day (1/19/13), and National Peanut Butter Day (1/24/13).
* And let’s not forget February . . . Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day.
Why, before you know it, August will be here, bringing all things Christmas with it. In the meantime, if you need to speak with S. Claus, that Jolly Old Elf, you’ll find him on the beach . . .
Aah . . . that’s better!