Celebrating the Winter Holidays!

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Celebrating the Winter Holidays 

Winter is a magical season filled with joy and warmth. It is a time when we come together with our friends and families to celebrate various winter customs and traditions, and a big part of this involves food. Read on to find out more and get some mouthwatering recipes you can try out in your breakfast program or at home. 


Christmas: A Season of Giving and Treats

Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated winter holidays across the world. It’s a time for giving and receiving — and for enjoying delicious food. Here is a classic breakfast recipe with a Christmasy twist for you to try.  

Gingerbread Pancakes: The ultimate Christmas-inspired breakfast treat, these festive pancakes are lightly spiced with ginger and cinnamon, and topped with Greek yogurt and dates. 


Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights and Delights

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated in many ways, including the lighting of the menorah and a bounty of traditional foods. Here is a Hanukkah-inspired recipe to savour. 

Latkes: These crispy potato pancakes are a Hanukkah staple. Top them with applesauce or sour cream for a savory and satisfying treat. 


Kwanzaa: Honouring African Heritage and Culinary Traditions

Kwanzaa is a celebration of African heritage focusing on unity, self-determination and creativity. It’s also a time to enjoy the rich flavours of African, African-American and African-Canadian cuisine.  

Crustless Sweet Potato Pie: A Southern classic with African roots, sweet potato pie is a scrumptious dessert that combines the rich flavours of sweet potatoes with the warmth of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.  


Winter Solstice: The Longest Night of the Year

This astronomical event has been celebrated for millennia. Solstice customs mark the shortest day of the year and the gradual return of the sun.  

Creamy Oatmeal with Spiced Apple and Cranberry: Spiced compote sauce makes a great topping for a warm bowl of pot oats on a chilly solstice morning. 


By embracing the various winter holidays and exploring their unique traditions and recipes, we can learn more about our friends, classmates and the world around us. This season, let’s come together, share some delicious food and celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures and traditions that make our world so beautifully diverse. Happy holidays!