By Emily Thorson
What’d you eat on Christmas? I think the traditional Christmas meal is odd because it’s so similar to the Thanksgiving meal. And we JUST FINISHED those leftovers, dammit.
My family has two meals on Christmas day, and both are roughly Swedish-themed (note my last name):
Lunch consists of several smaller foods: tiny open-face egg salad and shrimp sandwiches, olives, good cheese, crackers (especially Wasa), pate, salami, and then the fishes: gravlax and herring. This year’s spread was on the small side since some of the family couldn’t make it, but I took a few photographs.
Oh man, I *love* herring. This is the fresh stuff, but you can get little jars of “herring in wine sauce” at the grocery store and it is fantastic–ideal for a quick snack and filled with health omega-3’s (or o-3 fatties, as I call them. No, seriously I do).
For dinner we have Swedish meatballs with egg noodles, homeade bread, lingonberry sauce, and a token vegetable of some sort (this year it was roasted carrots). It’s a light dinner–we’ve usually spent the entire day eating candy from the stocking, so no one is *starving*.
But really–what DO other people eat for Christmas dinner? Do you really roast an entire turkey/ham and cook up some stuffing and cranberry sauce?
BONUS: photo of me photographing the food. Whoa, it’s so meta.