The holidays are a time for celebration, food, festivities and traditions. Michigan has unique connections to many of these.
During the 12 Days of Michigan, we will celebrate all that our state has to offer with a Michigan holiday fact each day. Stay tuned to see the entire list!
Day 1: Monday, December 2
Michigan grows more than 300 farm commodities including a holiday meal favorite – cranberries! Our nearly 300 acres produce more than 3 million pounds of cranberries a year.
Day 2: Tuesday, December 3
Do you enjoy a Honeybaked Ham for holiday dinners? Did you know that the recipe, crunchy sweet glaze and unique machine that slices the ham were all invented in Michigan? In 1957, Harry J. Hoenselaar opened the first HoneyBaked Ham Company in Detroit and it has since grown to be more than 400 stores nationwide.
Day 3: Wednesday, December 4
December 4 marks the third annual Menorah In the D on the last night of Chanukah. The 24-foot menorah was designed and built by local artists and brothers Erik and Israel Nordin and stands proudly in Campus Martius/Cadillac Square.
Day 4: Thursday, December 5
Looking for a one-of-a-kind festive event? Experience scenes of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with Downtown Holly’s 40th Annual Dickens Festival, visit the largest Christmas store at Frankenmuth’s Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland or view one of the 1.5 million twinkling lights at Rochester’s Big Bright Light Show. For more events, visit michigan.org/events.
Day 5: Friday, December 6
Picking out a fresh, fragrant Christmas tree is often a holiday tradition. Michigan ranks third in the nation in the number of Christmas trees harvested and produces a wider variety of trees than almost any other state, supplying approximately three million fresh Christmas trees nationally each year. The 2013 Michigan state Christmas tree is a 71-foot blue spruce that traveled 460 miles from Iron River and now stands in the Capitol.
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