How to Plan a Fun Caroling Party (Go Caroling Day – Dec. 20)

The holidays are all about creating memories. For a unique way to celebrate this year, consider hosting a party steeped in tradition by inviting your friends over for a little caroling in the neighborhood. Take advantage of Go Caroling Day on December 20, and try these tips for planning a fun caroling party.

Getting ready to carol

A successful caroling party takes a bit of planning. A few weeks before the party begins, it is best to start practicing. Invite your friends over to search through classic holiday tunes and decide which songs you are going to sing. Try to select a good mix of classic and contemporary music. Print out a copy of the lyrics for each participant and decide who will sing each part.

Another important consideration for planning your celebration is the logistics of the caroling itself. Take some time to plan the route that you are going to take and how you will get from place to place. Keep in mind that you want to spend most of your time singing rather than walking or driving.

Bring along treats for the road

To keep your spirits up, pack a few snacks to enjoy between visits. For something that is easily portable, bring the Cranberry & Sesame Nut Mix from our Holiday Cravings Assortment Gift Box. If you are looking for a treat that is even more festive, fill thermoses with hot chocolate and pair it with our Peppermint Snow Mints.

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Plan the after-party

After you have finished your performance, invite everybody back to your home for some celebratory treats. For a simple snack that is easy to prepare, just slice the cheese and sausage from our Beef and Turkey Hickory Sampler gift box and arrange it on a platter with the included crackers. You will also want to be sure to have some warm drinks on hand, such as hot cider or mulled wine.

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With these tips and a few ingredients from Hickory Farms, throwing a fun caroling party couldn’t be easier.

New Ways to Celebrate Christmas with Your Family

A great Christmas celebration combines classic customs with new family traditions. Enjoy something a little different this holiday season with these unique ways to celebrate Christmas with your family and Hickory Farms.

Make this year’s tree edible

For a dessert that is both beautiful and delicious, let your kids make their own festive Christmas tree. Start by gathering the ingredients, including ice cream cones, frosting in various shades of green, and brightly colored candies, such as our Mini Melt Away Mints. Turn the ice cream cone upside down on a plate and cover it with the frosting. Then, let your child’s imagination run wild as he or she decorates the tree with the candies.

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Take the time to reflect on your year

For a tradition that you will love for years to come, spend an afternoon recording your favorite memories of the year. Gather your family together to enjoy a snack of our Beef Summer Sausage, Farmhouse Cheddar, and Golden Toasted Crackers while you talk about all of the exciting things that you did together. Then, in a keepsake book, write down a few of your favorite memories. Each year, start this tradition by reading what you wrote in past years.

Adopt ancient traditions

One of the earliest known Christmas celebrations involved decorating outdoor trees to feed the birds. Adopt this ancient tradition as part of your modern celebration by threading our Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle onto strings and draping the strings around branches in your yard.

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Explore other cultures

Throughout the globe, many cultures celebrate Christmas by putting their own spin on the festivities. Add a global perspective to your celebration by baking a batch of classic lefse from Norway or Mexican wedding cookies. Your kids will love spending time with you as you research holidays around the world.

Introducing new traditions is a great way to make your family holiday celebrations truly your own. Try a couple of these ideas, combined with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Top Sellers, and put your own unique stamp on this year’s festivities.

Featured Basket: Holiday Treasure Chest

With the holidays just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about your gift list. From a favorite teacher to your best friend, a thoughtful holiday present makes everybody feel special. This year, give the gift of great food and wonderful   memories with our featured Holiday Treasure Chest basket.

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The Gift Box

The first thing that your lucky gift recipient will notice when you present him or her with the Holiday Treasure Chest basket is the beautiful box. Decorated with a lively holiday motif, the gift box is the perfect place to store holiday decorations, keepsakes, or other mementos.

Inside the box, you will find a delicious assortment of treats. With a selection of sweet
and savory delicacies, the contents of the Holiday Treasure Chest is sure to suit everybody’s tastes.

Serving Suggestions

The Holiday Treasure Chest has everything that you need for a festive celebration. Start by slicing pieces of our Turkey Summer Sausage, Beef Summer Sausage, and Smoked Gouda Blend, and arrange the slices in layers on a decorative platter. To really make the flavors pop, accompany your meat and cheese with crackers, veggies, and a side of the Sweet Hot Mustard that you will also find in the basket.

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When your guests are ready for a sweet treat, our featured Holiday Treasure Chest basket provides them with two great options. For something that is a nice mix of sweet and salty, the Peanut Brittle Popcorn offers a great combination of flavors. If you prefer a treat that is cool and refreshing, our Peppermint Snow Mints are just the thing. With so many delicious treats combined in one gourmet basket, the Holiday Treasure Chest truly offers something for everybody.

Featuring gourmet items beautifully wrapped in a keepsake box, the Holiday Treasure Chest is the perfect gift for anybody on your holiday list. If you are looking for more ideas for great gifts this year, be sure to take a look at the beautiful selection of custom gift baskets available at Hickory Farms.