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Christmas Traditional Foods

Christmas dinner in the United States is a festive and varied affair, with families incorporating a range of dishes into their holiday meals. While preferences can differ from one household to another, there are some traditional foods that are commonly enjoyed by many Americans on Christmas Day.


Ham for Christmas Dinner at home
Carving a Ham at Christmas Dinner

Here are some popular dishes:

  1. Roast Turkey: As in Thanksgiving, roast turkey is a common centerpiece for Christmas dinners. It's often seasoned, roasted to perfection, and served with stuffing and gravy.

  2. Ham: Glazed ham is another popular main dish for Christmas. It's often adorned with cloves and a sweet glaze, providing a flavorful alternative to turkey.

  3. Stuffing: Whether cooked inside the turkey or as a separate dish, stuffing is a staple on many Christmas tables. It's typically made with a mixture of bread, herbs, vegetables, and sometimes meat.

  4. Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes are a classic side dish that complements the main course. They're often served with gravy.

  5. Cranberry Sauce: Tangy and sweet cranberry sauce is a traditional accompaniment to poultry dishes. It adds a burst of flavor and color to the plate.

  6. Green Beans: Whether sautéed, roasted, or included in a casserole, green beans are a popular vegetable side dish.

  7. Sweet Potatoes or Yams: These are often prepared in various ways, such as mashed, roasted, or as a casserole with marshmallows or pecans.

  8. Rolls or Bread: Freshly baked rolls or bread are commonly included to complement the meal.

  9. Eggnog: A rich and creamy holiday beverage, eggnog is often enjoyed as a festive drink during Christmas celebrations.

  10. Desserts: Christmas desserts vary, but some favorites include pies (such as pumpkin or pecan), fruitcake, gingerbread cookies, and Yule log cakes.

It's important to note that Christmas dinner traditions can vary regionally and among different cultural and ethnic groups in the United States. Families may also incorporate their unique traditions and favorite recipes into the holiday meal, making Christmas dinner a diverse and cherished occasion nationwide.


When you are tired of Christmas Dinenr leftovers, swing by Cousin Vinne's for some hot wings, fried fish, secret shrimp or our cheese steak sandwiches.

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