What is it we love so much about the holidays? Getting together with family? Exchanging gifts? Or is it time off from work or school? I personally would like to argue that the best part of any major holiday is the food. Here, I would like to give a complete and unofficial breakdown of the Food Holidays- where the holiday falls chronologically, my personal rating on a scale from 1-10 and my reasoning for that rating. It is important to note that each rating is only in regard to food and not a judgement of the holiday. I would also like to disclose that the opinions expressed on this list are mine and mine alone. 

The chronological list of food holidays is as follows: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and the Fourth of July. 

The first holidays up for discussion are Halloween and Valentine’s Day. The only food these holidays are widely known for is candy. In either case, the day after can be a great one for candy lovers who cannot resist a good discount if you did not go trick-or-treating and if you did not get any sweets from that special someone. If you do get treats from a loved one on Valentine’s Day, hopefully they know you well enough to get your favorite. However, trick-or-treating on Halloween can be a bit of a risky game because you never know what the next house is going to give you. Therefore, Halloween gets a 6/10 and Valentine’s Day gets a 7/10. 

Next let’s discuss Easter and Mother’s Day. Easter is somewhat related to Halloween and Valentine’s Day because of the sweet treats that come with it. I do not know about you, but I would never say no to a good Reese’s Egg. However, it is also related to Mother’s Day because some families like to have a nice sit-down dinner at the end of the day. There are not necessarily any foods directly associated with the holiday, so Easter gets a 6/10 while Mother’s Day gets a 4/10. 

Next up are the barbecues- Memorial Day, Father’s Day and the Fourth of July! Memorial Day and Father’s Day both get a 7/10 but Independence Day gets an 8/10. There is just something about eating a hot dog off a red-white-and-blue napkin that hits different. 

Next, we have New Years and St. Patrick’s Day. Both get a 3/10. In a Covid-free world we might be going to parties to celebrate New Years, and party food is always nice but besides a toast at midnight it would be the same at any other party. Meanwhile, St. Patrick’s Day is more of a liquid holiday than a food holiday. But who knows, maybe you’ll get a cookie shaped like a leprechaun or a cupcake with green frosting on it. 

Last (but certainly not least), we have the Queen Bees of the food holidays. The cool kids; the “it” girls- Hanukkah, Christmas, and Regina George herself, Thanksgiving. I personally have never celebrated Hanukkah, but I did read up on what foods are usually served and dishes like latkes and rugelach sound delicious. 8/10, maybe one day I’ll try the food for real and bump it up to a 9-which is what Christmas receives. If you are one of “Santa’s Helpers” this year maybe you will get to sneak some milk and cookies that were left out the night before and then on the big day itself enjoy the Christmas feast. I don’t think it will surprise anyone to learn that I give Thanksgiving a perfect 10/10. Just writing about it makes me hungry. Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie- admit it. Your stomach just growled. 

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