While we’re all focused on preparing for the big holidays of this month, there are still several special calendar days devoted to random things in December. We’re looking at two fun food days to enjoy this December, National Hot Cocoa Day and National Maple Syrup Day. During this month of sweet treats, these special days help us to enjoy them even more. Let’s think about a few ways to take a little time to enjoy some winter treats in the middle of our holiday craziness.
National Hot Cocoa Day
December 13th is National Hot Cocoa Day. And have you ever met a child who doesn’t love hot cocoa? This simple celebration idea can be as simple or as complex as you would like to make it. Are you going to be in the car a lot on December 13th? Maybe plan a drive-through stop to pick up some hot cocoa to enjoy in the car. And if you’ll be home with your little ones that day, you could make a big deal of having some hot cocoa that day. Or you could go all out with fun toppings and add-in goodies.
You can get your kids involved in planning your hot cocoa day too! Ask them what special hot cocoa add-ins they would like, and maybe even let them shop for them (or hunt through the pantry) with you. Or you could make it a surprise. Serve what you decide, have on hand, or want to deal with. If you have really little ones, use sippy cups instead of mugs for less mess, and of course, make it much cooler than you would normally make hot cocoa.
Make an even bigger event of it by watching a favorite holiday movie or a fun Signing Time show together. Use the time to take a break with your kids. Or let your kids watch something and enjoy their hot cocoa while you get some things done.
National Maple Syrup Day
There’s another one of these fun food days to enjoy this December. And yes, it’s a celebration of maple syrup. December 17th is National Maple Syrup Day. It’s a great day to plan a fun pancake, French toast, or waffle breakfast and enjoy your maple syrup. Or, if breakfast is too hectic at your house, plan a breakfast-for-dinner day, and enjoy your maple syrup foods for dinner. It really doesn’t matter if you use real maple syrup or basic pancake syrup with maple flavoring. Either way, your kids will enjoy having an official maple syrup day.
Read about Maple Syrup
To take National Maple Syrup Day further, check your library for fun picture books about the making of maple syrup. Here are a few suggestions for you.
Sugaring by Jesse Haas
Sap to Syrup by Inez Snyder
From Maple Tree to Syrup by Melanie Mitchell
Taffy Time by Jennifer Lloyd
Maple Syrup from the Sugar House by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
Curious George Makes Maple Syrup adaptation by C.A. Krones
And then there are fun pancake books you can enjoy too!
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle
Free Holiday Shows
So, will you celebrate either of these fun food days this December? While you do, don’t forget to check out these free holiday shows available this month.
You can find them in the Holiday Videos section at My Signing Time. And if you’d like to access all of our holiday programming, try out a digital subscription to My Signing Time with a 14-day free trial! Happy Holidays!