Why are people obsessed with becoming healthy when the new year rings around? Because the span between Thanksgiving and January 1 encourages the mass consumption of seasonal dishes — mountains of stuffing (or dressing, because although they sound the same the sides differ), pools of hot cocoa, cheesy hors d’oeuvre and the succulent roasted meat (or meat substitute, or root vegetables, because those are great) of your choice. Simply put, December is an excuse to be fat and happy, and overeating is almost a requirement for that early winter cheer.
Fortunately, many of December’s lesser-known holidays celebrate what we’ll already be eating (The entire month is dedicated to egg nog and fruitcake, for example, although opinions on the holiday fare remain divided): National Comfort Food Day (Dec 5), National Biscuits and Gravy Day (Dec 14), National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (Dec 16). Historically, we honor the institution of the Twenty-first Amendment, the country’s apology for Prohibition. We also honor the microwave oven (Dec 6), which revolutionized the way people heat up food.
Sarra Sedghi is Paste Food’s Assistant Editor. She can usually be found arguing about mayonnaise on Twitter.