Congratulations, you made it to Thursday. It's also December 17, which marks the beginning of the ancient Roman festival Saturnalia, honoring the god of agriculture and harvest. Considered to be the precursor to Christmas, it was celebrated with gifts, partying, and general merrymaking — and depending on who you ask, maybe also human sacrifice. We'll stick to gingerbread houses and rabid consumerism, thanks.
In more modern-day food news, spending at restaurants is on the rise this holiday season. According to Mastercard, November restaurant sales rose just over eight percent compared to last year, and 63 percent of shoppers who hit the mall on Black Friday also dined there. Also: There's a meaty new alternative to the classic Yule Log programming, Trader Joe's is recalling an exploding beverage, and Christmas came early for prisoners in New York — plus, find out what food and drink people Googled the most in 2015.