5 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

The holiday season is the perfect time to share what you have with others. Make your community a brighter place by joining Hickory Farms and giving back during the holidays in these five ways.

Donate your household items

Items that you no longer use can be a welcome addition to another home. Donating your items to charitable organizations helps you recycle your goods, while the funds that are raised through their purchase go toward programs to help low income families, such as job training and resume preparation.

Volunteer your time

Make a day of service an annual part of your holiday celebration. Gather your family together and read about the various philanthropic charities working in your area. Then, decide how you can best give back. Whether you would like to serve food at a homeless shelter or organize baskets of toys for children in need, volunteering with your kids can teach them important life lessons.


Drop off a gift

Expand your holiday gift list to include a few people that you don’t know. Stop by a local hospital ward or a retirement home with a festive gift basket to share delicious treats and a few laughs. You are sure to make someone’s holiday season a little more special and come home with a few new friends.

Cook a feast for the hungry

Family dinners are an important part of any celebration. Share the joy of a great meal with less fortunate individuals in your region by packaging up holiday meals and handing them out to the homeless.


Source: No Kid Hungry

                 Source: No Kid Hungry


Support a great charity

Join Hickory Farms as we aim to battle childhood hunger as a National No Kid Hungry Partner for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Since this initiative has launched, the organization has served more than 107 million meals. By donating just $49, you can buy $490 holiday meals for hungry children.

With these five ways to give back this holiday season, you can help enact change in your community. This year, help us at Hickory Farms make the holidays a true season of sharing.

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.

Source: Hickory Farms

                                Source: Hickory Farms


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.

Source: Hickory Farms

                                Source: Hickory Farms

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.


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.


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.