Tamales, Croquembouche, Baked Ham, oh my! These are a few of our favorite things during this time of year.
Tamales are offered in every Spanish-speaking community the world over, especially during December. There seems to be an endless variety of fillings wrapped in the tender corn masa, from savory and spicy to sweet and desert-like. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamale
In France, practically no December party is complete without the iconic, grand centerpiece; the Croquembouche. It graces the dessert table with it’s delectable stacks of little round cream puffs all held together with a very delicate, lacy spun sugar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croquembouche
Baked Ham is often the American main course featured at December parties. Usually sliced thinly, and prepared with a sweet, often fresh pineapple or other fruit and mustard glaze. http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/ham/index.html
No matter from where we hale, there are fond, December food memories which take all of us back to our childhood. They conjure up warm, fuzzy thoughts of fireplace hearths, moms wearing aprons, stacks of presents just waiting to be opened, and sweet fragrances wafting in the air, all causing our senses to anticipate the joy and abundance that life is about to bestow.