December 29: Popcorn
These days, many kids have never seen popcorn pop, since it usually happens in a bag in the microwave. Kids are thrilled to peek in on the popping kernels in a pot on the stove, or to watch them cascade out of an air popper. Buy it on the cob from a local farm and they can shell it, too. Add butter melted with smashed garlic or grated local cheese, or make the best caramel corn ever using maple syrup.
This recipe for maple popcorn is very, very good. I think you can increase the quantity of corn and it is still plenty sweet and maple-y.