6 ways FSDs are stirring up holiday cheer

holiday cookies

As the year comes to an end, operators are busy making the most of the holiday season by offering their communities a mix of holiday-themed treats and events. Here are some ways they’re celebrating the holidays within their operations. 

1. Gingerbread treats

gingerbread cookies

Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, Va., is celebrating the holiday season by giving out free gingerbread cookies during lunch on Dec. 8. The nutrition team also went on social media to share resources for teachers wanting to incorporate gingerbread people into their teaching plans. 

2. 12 days of dishes

hot cocoa

Both the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., are serving up 12 days of themed holiday specials. At UMass, students will enjoy special meals such as boneless wing night, while those at James Madison will be able to enjoy pop-ups like a hot chocolate bar and holiday-themed activities such as snow globe making at its dining halls.

3. Gingerbread house assembly

gingerbread house

At Wooster School, a private K-12 school in Danbury, Conn., Chef Manager Rick Demurs works with students to construct a gingerbread house replica of one of its school buildings at the start of the holiday season. 

4. Christmas in toy land

candied yams

Students at the University of San Diego are being treated to a themed “Christmas in Toy Land” dinner one night during December. This year’s menu completely comprises gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan items, such as candied yams and roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic. 

5. Ugly sweater weather

christmas sweaters

The dining team at Vanderbilt University in Nashville is getting into the holiday spirit with its own Christmas celebration for students, which includes food and live music. Guests are encouraged to show up in their favorite ugly Christmas sweater for a chance to win prizes.

6. Cookies and a feast

cookie decorating

The University of Georgia at Athens is serving a holiday feast for students, offering such items as golden beet and berry salad with feta, maple-glazed ham and vegan carrot cake cupcakes with lemon icing. Students who attend will also have the chance to do some cookie decorating. 

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