A Writing Opportunity: December Is National Eggnog and Fruitcake Month
By Kym Gordon Moore
Traditional recipes that are usually made during the fall/winter holiday season include eggnog, gingerbread, baked homemade cookies and fruitcake. While the last month in the year is usually a rather dry spell for writers, there is still an opportunity to keep those creative writing juices flowing, without having to call it quits from your pen and keyboard for the rest of the year. Why not write about National Eggnog Month and National Fruitcake Month?
As a sweet egg and milk drink, flavored with ground cinnamon, cream and sugar, eggnog can be spiced up with various types of liquor. Fruitcake on the other hand, seems to be loved by many and detested by some. This dessert is made with chopped candied or dried fruit, nuts (often pecans) and spices. Sometimes the reason why so many people dislike fruitcake is that they probably experienced a dry texture as opposed to the expected moist consistency of a cake.
Instead of calling it a day for composing an article, blog, op-ed or poetry during December, here are seven suggestions to consider about how you can take advantage of writing something creative during National Eggnog and National Fruitcake Month.
1. Are there cultural differences in making eggnog or a fruitcake?
2. Is eggnog or old-fashioned fruitcake only a celebrated, traditional American favorite during the holidays?
3. Are there any health benefits in eggnog or fruitcake?
4. What types of eggnog recipes are there and how do you serve it?
5. What is the history behind fruitcake and eggnog?
6. Why does it take longer to make a fruitcake than a regular cake?
7. Is there a specific meaning to the different colors of fruit used in a fruitcake?
December is one of the most festive and celebratory months of the year. Whether you are having a party, commemorating Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, this is also a time to pen memories about fellowship, family, friends, food and fun. Just because this is a time of the year where writers usually slow down and take a break from writing, that does not mean you have to. This is also a time for planning what your writing schedule will look like, upon the arrival of the New Year.
Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing. http://www.kymgmoore.com She is co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE http://www.favoritethingsforacause.com and was selected as one of the 2012 U.S. World Book Night Volunteer Book Givers.