The very mention of Christmas brings many images intothe minds of those who celebrate the joy-filled holiday.
Thoughts of family gatherings, shopping sprees,Christmas lights, gift exchanges, stockings packed with sweets, Santa Claus, reindeer,and snow-covered postcards all bring a smile to one’s face if they truly enjoy the holidayseason.
Yet, one other very important element of theholiday should also come to mind.
There are many different dishes associatedwith Christmas.
What are a few of these and how long havethey been a part of the Christmas tradition? There are many foods that people living inthe 21st Century look forward to as part of the upcoming Christmas feast, but, believeit or not, the “traditional” Christmas meal has changed a lot over the years.
With that being said, there are a few of themodern, staple delights that have been around for a very long time.
One of the most popular dishes is known asChristmas pudding, or plum pudding.
Despite the name, it is actually made withseveral different kinds of mixed fruits.
Christmas pudding is customarily served onChristmas Day, and it dates back to Medieval England.
An odd tradition once associated with thedish was the practice of hiding coins inside the pudding.
Whoever found a coin got to keep it.
The pudding was sometimes even lit aflamebefore being brought to the table! Another Christmas favorite with origins fromthe medieval era is known as mince pie (or minced meat pie).
Mince pies are a sweet dessert made by mixingfruits, spices, and different types of meat inside a tasty pastry shell.
By far, the most popular meats served at Christmastime have always been ham, goose, duck, and pheasant.
In the United States, turkey (a bird nativeto North America) became very popular during the 20th Century.
One of the more popular Christmas desserttreats is gingerbread.
Gingerbread is typically made in the formof small men.
In fact, “gingerbread men” have becomeone of the most recognizable symbols of the holiday.
Gingerbread is also used to create small houses.
The houses are commonly decorated with icingand candy.
One beverage associated with the holiday iseggnog.
Eggnog is a sweet beverage made with milk,sugar, and eggs.
Adults sometimes mix alcohol in with the drink.
These are just a few of the traditional fooditems many people eat at Christmas.
As the holiday continues to grow and change,surely more dishes will be added to our Christmas traditions.