by Amanda Mattos
Unlike Thanksgiving or 4th of July*, there aren’t a lot of extremely traditional Christmas foods (for the meal itself, not the accompanying sweets which we’ve clearly got a handle on around here). At least not in the U.S. (from what Charles Dickens and various Hugh Grant movies have taught me, if you live in England, you cook a Goose to celebrate baby jeebus’ birthday; and put on one of those paper crowns that come out of poppers). Growing up, we always had steaks for Christmas dinner at my grandparents’ house. I know some people don’t consider it a proper noel without artichokes. This year, my mom is doing a honey baked ham — that’s pretty standard, right?
Does your family have Christmas dinner traditions? If so, what do they include? Or is it more of a big good meal, whose menu is upon year-by-year?
*Yes, I consider Independence Day, with its grilled dogs and burgers and potato salad and corn on the cob a big deal food holiday.