Holiday season is a time for seeing family and friends, valuing what is close to us, gifting, receiving gifts, having big meals, and so much more. It all differs slightly depending on what your lifestyle, family size, or beliefs may be; but these facts are generally shared across everyone’s holiday time at the end of the year. We know that food brings people together and can be a wonderful gift, but what foods are most common during the holidays? Here are some of the most popular meals and foods for the holidays.
A tradition that was originally very popular but isn’t as commonly kept nowadays is centering a holiday meal around roast goose. Families used to eat roast goose to celebrate the winter solstice, and it was actually a main part of many different celebrations and rituals of the winter holiday season in older times.
Green Bean Casserole
Not necessarily a whole focus but definitely an important side dish for many households, especially in America, is green bean casserole. This dish was created in the 1950s, and nowadays approximately 20 to 30 percent of American households serve it at least once during the end of year holiday times.
Individuals and families that celebrate Hanukkah partake in enjoying latkes for the holiday season, as it is a part of the eight day festival to eat foods that are made in oil to commemorate the Miracle of Oil. While latkes are a plain potato dish, they are often a snack or side piece in the holidays for these families.
We all know this popular bird for the holidays, especially for the American holiday of Thanksgiving. When turkeys were first hunted in the Americas, British folk would import the birds for meals constantly and it has developed into the most popular main dish for Thanksgiving as well as a commonly eaten food throughout the year.
Ending off with something we wouldn’t consider for a whole meal, but definitely know of during the late holiday season is eggnog. This drink is commonly involved in making alcoholic drinks or already having alcohol in it. It also is find on its own without that ingredient, and is only sold in the Christmas time season.
If you’ve ever felt like your family tradition or meal is so common and then learned a friend has a whole different food served in their house, you probably already know that there are a lot of different meals and food combinations available for the holiday times and our big holiday meals. This list is just some of those favorites, not even all of the different meals that may come from differed cultures, beliefs, eating styles, and more. No matter what meal you share with your family or friends (or with yourself) this season, we hope this list was an interesting eye opener to the options out there.