Top 10 Holiday Song Food Shout-outs

Around this time of year, we start seeing food everywhere. Who are we kidding? We see food everywhere all the time. But during the holidays we hear it everywhere, too! Have you ever noticed how much of holiday songs are about food? We have. And here’s a list of our Top 10 favorite holiday song food shout-outs, with a recipe to match for each.

Click the pics for recipes and assorted goodness.

10. The Christmas Song: Roast Chestnuts

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos”


9. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: Pumpkin Pie

“Rocking around the Christmas Tree
Let the Christmas Spirit ring
Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie
and we’ll do some caroling”


8. Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah: Latkes

“Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah
Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the hora
Gather round the table, we’ll give you a treat
Dreidels to play with and latkes to eat”


7. Let it Snow: Popcorn

“It doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I’ve bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”


6. The Wassail Song: Wassail

“Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wandering, so fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you, and to you our wassail, too.”


5. We Wish you a Merry Christmas: Figgy Pudding

“Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer.”


4. Christmas in Hollis: Fried Chicken and Collard Greens

(OK so maybe this isn’t a traditional Christmas song but come on! Great song by Run-DMC and delicious food.)

“It’s Christmas time in Hollis Queens
Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens
Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese
And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees”


3. A Holly Jolly Christmas: A Cup of Cheer

“Have a holly jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
Well I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer”


2. Twelve Days of Christmas: Goose eggs, Faverolles, Pears, Fresh Milk and More

“12 Drummers Drumming, 11 Pipers Piping, 10 Lords-a-Leaping, 9 Ladies Dancing, 8 Maids-a-Milking, 7 Swans-a-Swimming, 6 Geese-a-Laying, 5 Gold Rings, 4 Colly Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves, And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.”


(Also an odd photo shout-out to ES’ gansie and the fam over at

1. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer: Eggnog

“She’d been drinkin’ too much egg nog,
And we’d begged her not to go.
But she’d left her medication,
So she stumbled out the door into the snow.”


So ES Readers: What is your favorite Christmas food shout-out? Did we miss any?

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  • gansie December 22, 2010  

    gans means goose in german so it’s probably the label for the egg.

  • Borracho December 22, 2010  

    Danke for the explanation

  • EvoDiva December 22, 2010  

    Christmas in Hollis most certainly IS a classic.

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