What I’ll Be Having for Christmas Dinner

By: Tom Limmer

Many international students may wonder what the typical American holiday meal is like. That’s not such an easy question to answer, as America is a nation of immigrants who have brought traditions here from other places. Food served during Christmas in particular reflects the ethnic variety of families.

My great grandparents were born in Poland and Czechoslovakia. We eat traditional food from those countries for Christmas dinner. For the Polish side, that includes pierogis and polish sausage with sauerkraut. Pierogis are dumplings made by wrapping unleavened dough around a filling of cheese or potato, and then boiling them in water. They are then served with melted butter or sour cream. I love the pierogis, but I don’t like sauerkraut, which is sliced up fermented cabbage.

For the Czech side, we usually eat houska bread with coffee. Houska is sweet bread with raisins and nuts baked into it. You can eat it plain or spread butter on your slice. This is one my favorite foods during the holidays.

I encourage you to try the many different holiday foods this season. With so much variety, you won’t be disappointed!

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