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Christmas Dinner

A neatly decorated Christmas cake.
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Since it is the holiday season, and Christmas was yesterday, I though it would be appropriate to talk about the traditions around Christmas. Everyone has different family traditions, but dinner usually has some common themes. For my family, we always have a big breakfast with the immediate family only, followed by opening presents and then dinner with the extended family. This year, we followed the same traditions and had tradition food. Our main course was turkey. Along with the turkey, we had rolls, salad, potatoes, and various other sides. This is always a nice treat and good food, but who was the first to decide turkey and ham in most cases was a traditional Christmas dinner.

I am very curious to the reason why. I know every culture is different,but the dinner for us is the common theme. Although Christmas is over, we still have time to spend with our families and the rest of break to enjoy everything we are thankful for!

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Torie Nicholas

  1. You got me thinking about the “why” also and I did a quick Google on the subject and found this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_dinner that tells what the food traditions are for Christmas meals around the world.

    Surprisingly, turkey is included in many of the country’s traditional menus. But who would have thought that the Czech Republic’s traditional Christmas meal would be fried carp and potato salad!

    I learned that “In England, the evolution of the main course into turkey did not take place for years, or even centuries. At first, in Medieval England, the main course was either a peacock or a boar, the boar usually the mainstay. After the French Jesuits imported the turkey into Great Britain, it became the main course in the 1700s.”

    Of course, the United States got many of its traditions from England because of our history. But these days, with the many cultures found in the United States, we should be seeing some variations on this.

    Perhaps some of our readers will share their variations?

    Take New Years, for example. My mother-in-law has Slovak /German heritage and it was traditional for her to serve pork and saurkraut for “good luck” for the New Year. But here, in the South, it is traditional to have black-eyed peas and greens, among other things.

    One thing I noticed, when I traveled a lot years ago, is that it is common for Americans to be “ethno-centric” – thinking that everyone does things like we do. But, I found that it is not the case.

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