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Throughout history and throughout the world, cultures have celebrated festivals around the time of the December solstice, which is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere. In America, the two best-known December holidays are probably Christmas and Hanukkah, though Christians and Jews across the world often mark these occasions with different foods from those served at American celebrations. And other cultures in both hemispheres have their own solstice festivals (with different delicious foods likely to be served at each one).
Here's a list of foods and beverages you might be offered if you celebrated various winter holidays throughout the world this December, with links to recipes if you want to make them yourself. (Cooking on a budget this year? You'll want to remember these 20 Budget-Friendly Christmas Dinner Entrees.)