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Traditional Christmas Foods

The following video provides a brief introduction to some of the more traditional Christmas food items, including plum pudding, mince meat pie, eggnog, and more. Get the workbook here:


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The word Christmas brings many images into the 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 holiday season. Yet, one other very important element of the holiday should also come to mind. FOOD. There are many different dishes associated with Christmas. What are a few of these and how long have they been around?

There are many foods that people living in the 21st Century look forward to as part of the upcoming Christmas feast, but, believe it or not, the “traditional” Christmas meal has changed a lot over the years. With that being said, there are a few of the modern, staple delights that have been around for a very long time.

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One of the most popular dishes is known as Christmas pudding, or plum pudding. Despite the name, it is actually made with several different kinds of mixed fruits. Christmas pudding is customarily served on Christmas Day, and it dates back to Medieval England.

An odd tradition once associated with the dish was the practice of hiding coins inside the pudding. Whoever found a coin got to keep it. The pudding was sometimes even lit aflame before being brought to the table!

Another Christmas favorite with origins from the medieval era is known as mince pie (or minced meat pie). Mince pies are a sweet dessert made by mixing fruits, spices, and different types of meat inside a tasty pastry shell.

By far, the most popular meats served at Christmas time have always been ham, goose, duck, and pheasant. In the United States, turkey (a bird native to North America) became very popular during the 20th Century.

One of the more popular Christmas dessert treats is gingerbread. Gingerbread is typically made in the form of small men. In fact, “gingerbread men” have become one of the most recognizable symbols of the holiday. Gingerbread is also used to create small houses. The houses are commonly decorated with icing and candy.

One beverage associated with the holiday is eggnog. 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 food items many people eat at Christmas. As the holiday continues to grow and change, surely more dishes will be added to our Christmas traditions.


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  8. софия ищенко says:

    Мне же не одной задали это по дз?

  9. アカドラ says:

    I'm the only one, who had to watch that in school right?

  10. honol Inde says:

    omg Eggnog 🥰

  11. Newton Huynh says:

    I want a Christmas Turkey and Goose

  12. OUT OF SERVICE says:

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  14. Shabia71 Khanom says:

    No trimmings to go with the main roast. From uk

  15. Lisa Smith says:

    Absolutely love plum pudding! And mince pies!….where’s the sprouts?!

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    Hi! Merry Christmas!

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  19. Vivid Uma says:

    Very nicely explained

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    … and Jesus is born!

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  24. merlin k maaney says:

    I like Kerala Xmas food

  25. Killerbot says:

    In my family me(A 15 yr old teen boy) am the chef of my family. I cook the Christmas feast every year. There are two traditional dishes that we make every year, which are Shepherds pie and Fish and Chips with wine and eggnog. This year I'm gonna have to cook a big feast since my extended family is coming over. So I'm planning on making:
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  27. Black Berry lady says:

    Turkey & dressing, ham, macaroni cheese, greens. .is a must traditional at our house, plus others…

  28. YiewCat says:

    I LOVE eggnog! (Non-Alchoholic)

  29. Zahara Azure says:

    My childhood favorites are mincemeat pie and eggnog I’m making mincemeat pie today and even though I like eggnog as I get older I don’t really crave it as much.

  30. LAB says:

    You forgot to mention KFC and Christmas Cakie, which is what they eat during Christmas in Japan.

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    Thanks for sharing I love hearing stories

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    Where’s the menudo and tamales?

  34. Norwegian Norway says:

    Beside food, so beautiful cristmas images!!!!!!

  35. francis xavier says:

    Christmas is my favourite festival .nice vedio thank u

  36. wendy jenkins says:

    I enjoyed that.

  37. norm lor says:

    my mouth waters thinking of your description of this amazing Meal and being of British Heritage and born in Canada I grew up with Roast Goose and all those British treats, all but Plum Pudding which my Mom never ate.

  38. Maurice Potvin says:

    What about the birth of Jesus? I'm pretty sure that's big part of Christmas tradition. It certainly always has been at my house growing up.

  39. Michael Dunham says:

    No Brussels sprouts? 😁

  40. Mary Louise says:

    Oh my….tastes buds are watering..;)

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